(Closed) Who all has a laptop? NWR

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i got a macbook pro in august when i thought id be starting law school fulltime in sept (im goign to be an evening student now, may 2010)…

i definitely loved playing with it in the beginning, but with a fulltime job and new house to up keep…i rarely use it… they’re def more reliable than pc laptops… BUT the price is DEFINITELY 3 or 4x PC laptops…

 

i say get what you can with a budget, there’s so many deals with pc laptops right now that it’s not even worth it to get an apple macbook unless you need certain software.. etc.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a netbook and I really like it. Totally portable (I can stick it in my purse) and completely affordable.

 

Post # 5
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18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you mean netbooks?  I would make sure to research them because I don’t think hey have much storage space on them and you can only use a minimum number of programs on them.  If you want to be able to use word, excel, and other programs other than the internet, I would consider getting a regular laptop.  They are pretty comparable in price now and you will have more storage room for programs and documents.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have an HP laptop but I don’t use it much anymore. I hated traveling with it because it is so heavy. I will be getting a new Macbook or Macbook Pro soon. I did look at the Macbook Air but you give up to much just to have it be lightweight.

My friend has a Vaio that she traveled Europe with and she loves it.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

BTW, I have an older Toshiba laptop (about 4 years old) that works really well except the battery is basically kaput.  I’m considering getting another one but I don’t really need it right now.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have a dell laptop and I like it…but don’t love the Vista oerating system.  I also like my sister’s HP.

If you’re going to get a PC, get one with Microsoft 7!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I agree with others. Do not rely on the netbook taking care of MS Word, any type of picture editing software or games, or multiple tabs in IE/Firefox. It will eventually just be too much for it.

I would go with a really light but not too small computer if you like smaller ones, with a good processor (Think Intel Core2 Duo T6600 or above) that will be useful for at least three years. And at least 2GB of RAM, so you can have Word and Firefox/IE open at the same time, no problems. If you plan on using Photoshop or any serious Adobe products on it, go 3GB-4GB of RAM. This all sounds confusing to some, but just look at the specs on the computers you’re looking at… you’ll be able to match up my numbers.

I am considering HP, Mac, Dell and Vaio right now. I will probably get a Dell or Vaio since I’m getting a 24″ iMac next year, but if you’re looking for a machine with better performance, I’d stay away from Dell. I highly recommend Lenovo, just buy from the company and not through office/school (those prices are JACKED wayyyyy UP!!!)

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a laptop. Its an HP with the full keyboard, so the number pad on the side. Have had some problems with it, but never had probs with my last one which was a compaq pressario.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I love our MacBook Pro.  I had a Dell laptop before, and my husband had an HP.  Both of those barely lasted us through college, and cost us a good amount to keep up with repairs during that time.  Macs are expensive but so fast, come with a ton of memory and great features, have awesome support, and last a long time.  If you can afford it, I would recommend a Mac. 

As far as netbooks go, I think they’re handy for travel and if you don’t do a lot on your computer.  But most (or all?) don’t have cd/dvd drives (so all your programs basically have to be downloaded off the internet) and have very limited space for USB ports.  I think our Acer only has 2 USB ports.  I also find it difficult to use for long periods of time because of the small screen size and small keyboard.  If you don’t use it a ton or only it use for the same applications over and over again, a netbook is a great choice, though.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think a netbook would be a good choice if you are just using it for small amounts of time to surf the internet.  That’s pretty much what they were created for!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

i’m currently on a dell laptop. it’s my second laptop. my first one was a toshiba and that got me through college and then some before i finally got the itch for a new one, which was around the time my younger sister got her macbook before going to college, so that toshiba lasted about, 6-7 years. love my dell though. got it before vista came out so i avoided all that mess. i’m kind of ambivalent on whether i’m a pc or mac person. i’m of the mind that i’ll get what i can afford and use whatever is available. just so happens that i needed a laptop now and the pc was what i could afford.

but i’m not one to give much advice on this stuff. i always defer to my resident techie, the guy. lol. but if you want to just be able to surf the web and stuff, a netbook should work great for you

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I have a 3 year old macbook pro and an almost one year old HP netbook.  The netbook was nice for classes (small!) to take notes on, etc, but it always takes a long time to load up (slow processor).  I don’t use it very much, but I like the almost full size keyboard.  I like my macbook, except the screen is very small when I’m doing Creative Suite projects.  I had no trouble using any of the tools without using a mouse (even though I have one).  What I want to do is add a huge desk top to my arsenal.  Of course, between FI and me, with our respective work computers (my desktop & his dell laptop w/ a docking station), we have 8 computers between the 2 of us.  Add to that the laptops we bought for my mom, for my dad, and his mom and I think we’re supporting the economy!

If you want something small, you might consider a powerhouse 10″.  If I could replace everything, I think I might go with a giant mac and a 13″ macbook.  Or another 15″ macbook pro.

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