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Best Laptop to get/Recommended Laptop???

nyjeff06nyjeff06 Posts: 352Registered User Member
edited June 2007 in Northwestern University
Im a little early with this but I want to start figuring out what I will need for next year. I personally want a Mac but my parents seem to think that they heard that NU sites dont work well on Mac's. What does Northwestern typically recommend and what are all of you using/planning on getting?
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    Northwestern has a discount with both Mac and Dell. From preliminary configurations, Mac's get you more bang for your buck at the high end, but PC's the way to go if you're on a budget. The discount IS technically much bigger with Dell, but they seem to be overcharging for the hardware in the first place to the extent that it doesn't make up for it.
  • ridewitbd24ridewitbd24 Posts: 623Registered User Member
    when i went to campus and sat for a while in the norris university center lounge/food court, everyone seemed to have a Mac. they must work well if so many have them.
  • dfleishdfleish Posts: 905Registered User Member
    There is no difference as far as NU goes, unless you're RTVF which means you should probably have a mac. Plenty of mac users are here and they can navigate NU's websites just fine, including CAESAR- so that shouldn't impact your decision. If you're not RTVF, then you should know if you're a PC or mac person, and decide based on what is right for you.
  • nutmeg88nutmeg88 Posts: 227Registered User Junior Member
    Are tablets good/commonly used? That program where you can write notes on the tablet and simultaneously record the lecture sounds pretty cool (I think it's called OneNote)
  • NUGrad5555NUGrad5555 Posts: 208Registered User Junior Member
    I would get an IBM (best machines out there).

    If your buying a computer, you might as well buy it from the company that manufactures most of the mainframe systems for major corporations. If IBM suits big corporations, it can suit you!
  • k&sk&s Posts: 2,139Registered User Senior Member
    I would get an IBM (best machines out there).

    If your buying a computer, you might as well buy it from the company that manufactures most of the mainframe systems for major corporations. If IBM suits big corporations, it can suit you!

    It's no longer IBM (Lenovo pretty much has stopped using IBM in their advertising).

    Many techheads seem to hate Dell. From what I have heard, the mid-higher end Toshibas and HPs are generally well-regarded (stay away from the lower-end models since they are outsourced from different manufacturers and the quality isn't nearly as good).
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    Aa a techhead: Dell builds a piece of crap, but you can get good deals if the timing is right. Personally I think Lenovo makes the best product on the market, but if you can manage switching to Mac, do so.
  • jonthelinjonthelin Posts: 246Registered User Junior Member
    how do we take advantage of this discount?
  • atardecer0atardecer0 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    I don't understand why people think it's hard to switch to Mac. If anything, it's easier to switch to Mac from PC than to PC from Mac -- although I don't know why anyone would ever go from Mac to PC.

    My friends are split about 50-50 PC-Mac... 5 of my PC friends have gotten horrible viruses while none of the Mac users. That being said, Macs aren't a necessity -- they just makes your life easier, IMO.
  • mj93mj93 Posts: 3,601- Senior Member
    doesn't vista give better virus protection than the old PCs? i heard vista is on par with mac.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    Vista is an annoying resource hog that is full of bugs. I wouldn't even consider it if it weren't forced down your throat to get a performance computer.
  • intelinsideintelinside Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
    yup! dells are all pieces craps. lenovo, hp and toshiba are much better.

    btw, how are brands like gateway and acer? they offer good systems at low cost
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    MY suggestion would be go with Lenovo if you're building a very low end System, and Mac for a very high end one (unless you for some reason need INSANE power, in which case you may as well look at the Dell XPS line).
  • nyjeff06nyjeff06 Posts: 352Registered User Member
    Im looking for a mid range system. I want something dependable that will last me the next 4 years without too many problems, but I also don't need gaming power nor am I going to be using this for engineering or anything like that (Im an Econ major). Right now I think im leaning towards the black macbook. Which PC's would recommand that are comparable to that machine in terms of performance at that cost (~$1300), or is the macbook my best bet?
  • nyjeff06nyjeff06 Posts: 352Registered User Member
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