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Laptops

snapchatsnapchat 207 replies11 threads Junior Member
What laptop do you plan on getting?

I personally am getting a Thinkpad x220 and install 16gb RAM, 500GB SSD and change the screen to an IPS display later on in the year. Thinkpads are cheap, built like tanks and have a fingerprint scanner! Recommend them to anyone, although they do look quite old and boring.
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  • MaxLMZMaxLMZ 120 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I'm using a Thinkpad too. But from the schools I've visited/revisited so far, all of the students use mac
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  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom 5328 replies249 threads Senior Member
    I think most schools can handle both the PC and Mac camps. ChoatieKid was a Mac proponent in BS, has multiple PCs in college. It pays to be ambitechtrous.
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  • altabluealtablue 209 replies15 threads Junior Member
    I'm probably going to use the one I have right now, since I just got it last year for school anyways.
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  • CTMom21CTMom21 479 replies2 threads Member
    Be sure to check your school's technology requirements to see what recommendations or requirements they may have.
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  • CaliPopsCaliPops 365 replies3 threads Member
    Have to give credit to @ChoatieMom and her use of "ambitechtrous."
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  • snapchatsnapchat 207 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Which one? I plan on hackintoshing the Thinkpad because I just like the 'smoothness' of OSX but still dual booting Windows and maybe Kali Linux for any arduino projects.
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  • SevenDadSevenDad 4286 replies137 threads Senior Member
    We were a mac family from early on (I had one of the all-in-one SE30s back in the day...not quite the original beige one, but close)....and generally have MBP'd. But last year we made the choice for 7D1 to try a Yoga 910. Great value and gorgeous display/form factor....but has not been the most reliable from an OS/hardware POV. When I get 7D2 a new machine for college this summer, it will most likely be another 13" MBP.
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  • snapchatsnapchat 207 replies11 threads Junior Member
    @SevenDad Try and wait for Apple's new release around Q2; a new cheaper MBA and every new Mac is coming out and will affect prices if you do decide to buy refurb/used. Pre-Retina MBP are the best in my opinion, you can easily upgrade it without Apple's proprietary ways.
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  • KnightsDudeKnightsDude 54 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I bought a 12-inch MacBook back in 2016, and it works pretty well. However, I assume you are a big gamer :) . I am not much of a gamer, and the games I do run don't require much ram. Your computer is STACKED though!
    Also, about hackintoshing: is it easy? Does it work smoothly?
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  • fencer557fencer557 63 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I got a Macbook back in 6th grade, and I'm going to keep using it. I'll probably only buy a new one in the middle of college.
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  • missinghome21missinghome21 127 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Like @KnightsDude mention it seems like you’re a gamer.
    Maybe invest in a Mac, I know that it’s not hardcore gaming material but it can still handle the games suited to it as long as you keep it plugged in. Plus, it’s pretty nice to use too.
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  • HMom16HMom16 706 replies18 threads Member
    Some schools, such as Hotchkiss, actually issue laptops so everyone has the same one. Be sure to check with your school before you buy anything.
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  • snapchatsnapchat 207 replies11 threads Junior Member
    im not a gamer at all! if i was, id be blowing my money on a whole pc setup. hackintoshing depends on what device; the x220 is very easy with a great support system on reddit. 16gb because a) rendering for cad and sketchup is faster b) why not
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  • snapchatsnapchat 207 replies11 threads Junior Member
    if i were to get apple, id need ports other than usb c. only mac id use would be the preretina macbook pros
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  • orangemountainorangemountain 27 replies0 threads Junior Member
    macs are easy to carry and use, so I'd recommend a mac. They're commonly used in different states and countries, and that probably means something. As @HMom16 said, you should check with ur school though. Although a Thinkpad could be good, it's safest to get what everyone usually gets. It's really your choice though :)
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  • momof3swimmersmomof3swimmers 389 replies5 threads Member
    The older MacBook Air has ports and is still being sold. Will absolutely support BS needs for 4 years. SwimKid chose it over a pro...even when I tried to convince him otherwise. He loves that thing, but wished he had my MBP retina screen for watching movies.

    Macs seldom have issues. I don’t want my kiddo having hardware issues. Too hard to deal with from far away. I’m Team Mac all the way!
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  • HkissParentHkissParent 12 replies0 threads New Member
    if i were to get apple, id need ports other than usb c. only mac id use would be the preretina macbook pros

    What ports do you believe you need? Going forward USB-C will likely be replacing just about everything else, and during the "transition" period you can get adapters from USB-C to just about anything (USB-A, HDMI, etc). I have a MacBook Pro with only USB-C, and I while I have a bunch of those adapters I rarely even use them...
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  • KnightsDudeKnightsDude 54 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Same. I have a 2015 12-inch MacBook, and it only has one USB-C port. However, I bought all the adapters I need, and I have no regrets. Best of all, the computer is wicked light!
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  • SevenDadSevenDad 4286 replies137 threads Senior Member
    FWIW, I think the pre-retina MBPs are HEAVY. I had one and my younger kid still has hers. I definitely appreciated all the ports and media drive, but man those things weigh a ton.

    I'm currently running a Retina MBP (build 12,1...also called "MBP Retina, 13-inch, early 2015) and I like the number of ports it has. 2 USBs, a HDMI, a SD card reader, two Thunderbolt ports. I've learned to live without a media drive and stream most things or use an external drive if needed. It doesn't have the upgradable memory of the pre-Retina series, but I just ponied up and go the 16 GB from the factory. Good enough for my needs.

    It is starting to show it's age, though. That said, I hate that the new MBPs only have one (well, 2, but the same type) stinking port...so you have to get an adaptor or hub to use legacy peripherals. But I'll probably upgrade eventually to the new MBP...will probably not get Touch Bar unless I need to get get upgraded chip/graphics/memory.

    My wife has an Air that I think is fine for what most high school students will use a computer for....but the screen is definitely a notch down on a Retina. If you don't currently use a Mac or don't care, I would definitely check out the Lenovo Yogas or the Dell XPS.
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  • highschoolgallhighschoolgall 25 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I'm thinking of buying a new macbook before September. Especially if you use it with an iphone, it is very convenient and definitely helps you a lot in many ways.
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