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Laptop for Business Major?

chemicallychemically Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Computers
I applied for a BBA in college but I'm not sure what kind of computer I will need for the major. Do Business major students mostly write papers / make presentations / or both? I'm wondering if a 13" Macbook Pro would be fine for the major, unless Windows is absolutely necessary (I would buy a cheaper Thinkpad). What do you guys think?

Also, are tablets the norm now, replacing physical textbooks?
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Replies to: Laptop for Business Major?

  • TechhexiumTechhexium Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    Tablets don't replace physical texts. Even though eBooks exists for many textbooks you probably still want to write on your textbook, you can sell it in near perfect condition to save money compared to buying the eBook which can be expensive b/c companies may be greedy.

    I doubt you need Windows for your major. If you want a light laptop with long battery life get a Macbook Pro or Air. If you want a cheap laptop go for Windows. Any non 11 inch laptop is powerful enough for your needs.
  • chemicallychemically Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Thanks Techhexium!

    I'll probably try to get a cheaper refurbrished Mac or just a budget Windows laptop. Do most college students prefer Microsoft Office over iWork? I know iWork hasn't got an update in years but I still think it's more intuitive than the Office suit.
  • del_psidel_psi Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    Tablets don't replace physical texts. Even though eBooks exists for many textbooks you probably still want to write on your textbook, you can sell it in near perfect condition to save money compared to buying the eBook which can be expensive b/c companies may be greedy.

    I doubt you need Windows for your major. If you want a light laptop with long battery life get a Macbook Pro or Air. If you want a cheap laptop go for Windows. Any non 11 inch laptop is powerful enough for your needs.


    You can write directly on E-books using Windows Vista / 7 tablets using PDF annotator or One Note (with a bit more trouble) .
  • del_psidel_psi Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    Thanks Techhexium!

    I'll probably try to get a cheaper refurbrished Mac or just a budget Windows laptop. Do most college students prefer Microsoft Office over iWork? I know iWork hasn't got an update in years but I still think it's more intuitive than the Office suit.

    One Note is the best program that I've used that's part of Microsoft Office. If you used a Windows 7 based tablet PC you'd definitely understand why.


    BUT , the Microsoft Office suite of programs is also available for Mac OSX but certain features (in One Note for example) work better on a Windows based tablet PC rather than a standard notebook.
  • adelaalanadelaalan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    acer is enough
  • TechhexiumTechhexium Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    I'll probably try to get a cheaper refurbrished Mac or just a budget Windows laptop. Do most college students prefer Microsoft Office over iWork? I know iWork hasn't got an update in years but I still think it's more intuitive than the Office suit.
    I don't think you should by a refurbished Mac, they tend are slower than laptops nowadays because there are big differences in speed between Core 2 Duo/Quad and Core i3/i5/i7 and they are more prone to break because they are used. As for Office vs. iWork, its up to you, you can get Office 2013 Preview for free because it's in beta if you stick with Windows. I'm using it right now and it looks wonderful and has all the office apps you need.

    What is your budget? Because you want your laptop to last throughout your time in college, spending little isn't necessary worth the savings.
  • Dann36Dann36 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Why get a mac?

    You don't need anything over-priced ... you can pick up a solid windows laptop for easily $300 - $500 (new).
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