Very unlikely, and current gen 17" MBP's are no longer produced, after their recent conference the largest they manufacture is 15". Macbook Pro's are not often recommended and if they are they're recommended as the base package and only in specific circumstances. On your list there is no proper reason for wanting a larger laptop, motivation is not sufficient for DSA to pay out so much more.
(Original post by leyland1)
Hello I just joined TSR to ask a question on this topic. Would a dsa assessor or finding body be likely to recommend a 17in MBP for the following reasons. I have Aspergers.
Reasons for needing a Mac
I am more motivated to work on Mac OS
I find it more intuitive
I have Office for Mac 2011
I have Adobe CS5 Mac
I have VMware fusion mac
I have adobe acrobat mac - very important as I use this to convert PDF documents to Word or to edit PDFs
Reasons for needing 17 inch
I do not get eye strain working with high dpi
I find it easier to work the more I can see on screen at one time
I find it easier to use a touchscreen and already have a 17inch 16:10 ratio overlay that I order for my current 2nd hand laptop
Psychologically I do not feel motivated to work on low resolution screens.
Please let me know what you think, also would it affect their depiction that this would be my 2nd laptop from them - I got a toshiba that failed and insurance refuse to cover it cos it was a had failure and they thought it's my fault. I am going to get a pc shop to declare it beyond repair.
Also DSA don't generally pay out for a second computer. If DSA paid for your Toshiba laptop they will likely refuse to pay for another one as your insurance should have covered it, you can argue with the insurance company if you want but DSA is unlikely to cover the expense of another one; this is especially true if your original supplier is stating that they believe the original one was damaged intentionally.
Last edited by Acei; 15-06-2012 at 02:04.
What type of work? If your work is within the range of a few MB or GB then wouldn't Dropbox, Skydrive or Google Drive be enough for backup of work? The DSA is very specific with the requirement of equipment being for work only. I've not heard of them recommending an external hard drive as it isn't a disability matter; plus because all students would be expected to backup their work it would usually be considered a normal student cost and not an additional cost caused by a disability.
(Original post by leyland1)
Thanks for your reply, I think I will just ask if they can supply me a 1-2tb backup drive so if anything happens to current 2nd hand Dell XPS M1710 I would not lose all my work again; I have one backup now but that is just my work - no space for a system image; also the backup is also on a computer so may fail too, but an external drive should be more reliable. Do you think they would supply this? Meanwhile thanks for letting me know there is a new MacBook pro. I better start saving the pennies as that resolution sounds fantastic!
Last edited by Acei; 16-06-2012 at 17:04.