Post # 1
Okay, I’m a graduate student who is looking to get a desktop. I’m a Macintosh girl through and through, but I’ve decided to branch out and get a Windows desktop to use for writing papers– my master thesis begins this year, and then I’ll plan on taking the desktop with me while I work on my PhD.
I’ve been looking at possibly having a laptop and a monitor/keyboard/mouse set– so that I could set it up like a desktop at my apartment, but also have the ability to take the laptop with me if I really need it in classes or to meetings with my advisor. If I’m doing that, I kind of want to get a neat/weird laptop, as I’ve only ever had Macs and I know the possibilities are endless with doodads and add-ons for other computers.
Does this sound feasible? Or is it more practical just to get an all-in-one computer? Can anyone help me suggest which sort of computer to get?
Post # 3
Honestly, I’d go with a Mac again, because all those fun little doodads, etc. may end up causing you grief in the long run because they’re all made by different companies. Plus Macs probably have the best doodads around 🙂 and at least you know they will all be compatible with each other.
Get a laptop for convenience, and buy a monitor to connect it to, to use as a desktop. The best of both worlds.
Have fun shopping!
Post # 4
I know Mac are on the expensive side but I would stick with them if you can.
Post # 5
Maybe I will wait til next year and save up to get a desktop– I can make it on my current MacBook for now.
Post # 6
What about a mac mini? They are your cheapest option in mac.
Post # 7
I’m a PhD student now, and I use my MacBook everywhere. I bring it with me to my office in my lab, in class, and of course at home. I have a stand, mouse, keyboard, and USB hub for the laptop in my office. I really want to get a monitor for it too because I only have a 13″ screen. One cool “doodad” I have is the Magic Trackpad and it’s super awesome. Only bad thing is my Bluetooth has gone bonkers on my Mac, and I will need to get that fixed soon.
But yeah, I’d stick with Apple.
Post # 8
@Elle_Neotoma: Oh I am all fixed up in the world of Mac in terms of MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad– I definitely love that they all link together. Last semester I finally got the magic trackpad and I put my laptop to the big TV for Netflix!
@msgraphics: I forgot about the mini option! I am definitely going to keep it in mind.
I think my hesitation to just use what I’ve already got is because I’m trying to make some sort of separate space for my professional stuff? My laptop is more of a toy than a professional piece of equipment (hence, why I’m on weddingbee on it right now!). When I go to school, I work on PCs and I was wondering if getting one of those might make a work-station!
However another friend gave me an idea to use the different users/logins in my laptop. Perhaps if I grab a monitor to use at my actual desk I could log-out of my “fun” account and have a cleaner and more work-appropriate desktop to work in.
Post # 9
I think that’s a really good idea. I might do that on mine. I hate the idea of wasting money when I have a perfectly good commputer already. I wonder if I can figure out how to “break” the wifi on the “work” login. (FWIW, I use Ubuntu Linux on an Asus Eee and really love it.)