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    hi guys,i am going to college this July and intend to get a laptop but i am at a loss i hope you guys can help me out.i intend to keep using the laptop even up to my uni days and probably after that as well.
    i am studying IB for my college and i intend to do medicine afterwards
    i will use it to store lots of information,podcasts,papers,lots of music and videos of my favorite shows

    i have a few problems

    1)i cant decide if i should get a macbookpro or something else
    if i get a macbook pro i intend to get a 13-inch: 2.7 GHz,8gb,750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

    i've always been easily impressed by apple products so i think that i might make the wrong decision if i dont get some opinions first.
    here are my problems ;it is quite expensive, secondly i have heard many"horror"stories of the apple geniuses being completely useless,third i have heard of warping and many other problems arising from it,fourth i am worried that it will not last or i will outgrow(?) it


    2)if you dont recommend the macbook pro,what do you suggest i go for ?possibly something with a larger screen maybe(i know its completely aesthetic and it might be a bit heavier) arent we ALL worried about size sometimes ?maybe a faster laptop with more storage space and better resolution perhaps ? perhaps all of the above at a cheaper price than the aforementioned macbookpro

    i guess i want what everyone wants,a fast laptop(i hate lagging) with lots of space,which looks nice,isnt TOO heavy,can last a long time and is worth every $
    so what do you guys think ? personally i'm not really a computer afficionado,i just know how to use them and them do what i want(more or less :P)
    i would really appreciate your opinions.thank you
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    In reference to your worries;
    A) While Apple products are generally more expensive than their windows counterparts, the 13" pros are actually quite well priced in comparison to other similarly spec'd 13" machines. However you can shave some of the price off. First, buy the computer with 4GB and upgrade to 8GB yourself. Apple charge £160 for 8GB of RAM while websites like crucial.com sell it for around £80, and the switch is very east to make. Next, buy through the student store. You'll get 10% off as a college student and 3 years extended warranty for free. The warranty is identical to AppleCare, but without the 24hr phone support and without home pickup. If those are important to you, however, then AppleCare is reduced by 75% to £48 through the student store too.

    B)Apple customer service is the best I've ever experienced, particularly the genius bar. From what I can gather they always have people who specialise in either hardware or software, and most issues are resolved on the day. If a repair is needed, they're usually far quicker than other companies. I've had the entire top half of my MacBook pro replaced, and they did it overnight. There's horror stories with most companies, but Apple are normally extremely good for customer services.

    C) I can't say I've heard anything regarding the chassis warping, especially on the Pros which are built from a single block of solid aluminium. I'd look further into these claims if they really do worry you, although I expect it's simply hearsay or the result of a user's negligence.

    D)Unless your needs change drastically or are very demanding already, a dual-core i7 with 8GB or RAM will easily serve most users. As a medical student, I can't think of anything you'll need that will push a Pro to it's limits. One of my old schoolmates went to Cambridge to study medicine, and she's still working on a Pro from 2008.

    If you can afford to shell out, you definitely won't regret getting a MacBook Pro. They're great machines, very fast and very reliable. You'll find cheaper options, that's a given when discussing Apple, but if you're willing to make the investment you'll end up with a superior computing experience.
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    I'd personally go for the HP envy, as its specs are amazing for the price, and as they run windows, won't have any compatibility issues.....

    and HP are awesome.....have had my HP for 5 yrs now, dropped it a few times etc. and is still awesome and going strong
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    I'm in a similar position as I wanted a new computer which would last at least 5 years. It had to be portable, as I am often needing to work in different locations. I am doing a Master's degree, so would do all my university work on it, but once the course is over I will probably be doing freelance writing and editorial work again for a while. So I need something that has the power to batch process large numbers of photographs in Photoshop, a large hard drive for storage, a good sized screen for layouts in Indesign, probably a bit of web design, something I can watch TV or movies on comfortably, and maybe play the occasional game.

    I got the 15" Macbook Pro, 2Ghz i7, 500Gb SATA HDD @ 5400rpm, and 4Gb RAM. It does everything I need perfectly.
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    (Original post by infernalcradle)
    I'd personally go for the HP envy, as its specs are amazing for the price, and as they run windows, won't have any compatibility issues.....

    and HP are awesome.....have had my HP for 5 yrs now, dropped it a few times etc. and is still awesome and going strong
    I agree, HP are great. I've only had my laptop for about a year but it's like the day I bought it, though my Dad's had his for about 4 years and it still runs really well. I'm planning on having this laptop last me throughout the next 3 years I'm at uni and at the moment, aside from perhaps changing the battery in a year or so, I don't forsee any issues.
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    My advise would be to go for whatever is cheapest, ie not a macbook.

    Look at what you are using it for, ie gaming (in which case a good graphics card is needed), HD movies (a 1080p resolution screen, normally comes with gd graphics), large HDD to store all Music and photos eg 500gb, reasonable memory eg 4GB DDR3 etc

    This website is good for posting good price deals on laptops I use it all the time; http://www.hotukdeals.com/
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    I'm definitely going to agree with Gofre on this one. I was a long time Windows user (up until yesterday, I'm 19 BTW) and, dare I say it, a slight/moderate Apple computer basher.

    I couldn't see why someone would pay a grand for a computer that could be matched in specs for hundreds of dollars cheaper until I actually got one myself.

    I got a used Macbook that has great specs (2.2 dual core, 4gb ram, 320hdd) for 560 which I think is a steal. The computer itself is amazing; the battery life could be a little better but the battery is old and doesn't hold a charge as well as it normally does.

    The experience is what you're paying for. You're paying for stability, peace of mind, constant, persistant speed through years and no worries of slow down, crashes, bugs, spyware, or viruses. It eventually pays for itself.

    Get the Macbook Pro, you'll love it. If you like to tinker, there are numerous shortcuts and whatnot to enhance your efficiency with the computer. I have been using mine for 13 hours straight now and I'm still only scratching the surface.
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    I'd recommend looking a a regular laptop (get one with as much Ram as you can and a dual core processor ) it is much easier (and cheaper) to upgrade them.

    I got an Acer Aspire 5535, upgraded it and it is now a much higher spec than any of the Mac Books (and only cost me around £500 overall - laptop and upgrades)

    Just remember that there aren't many colleges that have Macs (if they do they won;t be readily available) so you may find it a problem transferring your work if you get a Mac and although most uni's will have some, i doubt they will have a lot and therefore you may find the same problem.

    overall - get which ever you want but get the most for your money even if it means buying a cheap one and upgrading it
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    (Original post by matty_)
    Just remember that there aren't many colleges that have Macs (if they do they won;t be readily available) so you may find it a problem transferring your work if you get a Mac and although most uni's will have some, i doubt they will have a lot and therefore you may find the same problem.
    The colleges don't need to have Macs, any program built for both operating systems will be able to run any file made on either platform. The obvious one being Microsoft Office, which runs great on Mac and has no problems reading documents made on the Windows equivalent. The OP can always ask the course tutors if he'll be relying on a specific program that he needs windows for, but otherwise gone are the days when compatability issues plague Mac users now that they hold almost a 20% market share in the US.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    The OP can always ask the course tutors if he'll be relying on a specific program that he needs windows for
    sorry - thats what i meant ..... guess i should have re-read my comment before posting
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    (Original post by matty_)
    sorry - thats what i meant ..... guess i should have re-read my comment before posting
    Yea, my friend got a MBP for college and he loves it and uses it for everything except maybe one or two classes. He's majoring in computer programming and he has one or two classes that require windows computers.

    If you aren't doing anything like that though you'll be alright; I got Word 2011 for the Mac and of course you have bootcamp so you're good to go.
 
 
 
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