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    Hi, I'm about to start university, doing the foundation at Saint Martins in September and I need a new laptop anyway (basically fried the graphics card in my last one) I don't really know much about computers, my dad is trying to persuade me to get a MacBook Pro with the retina display and all the trimmings, but I just think £1k+ is so expensive for a laptop. Is there anything similar but cheaper? Or have any general laptop suggestions for me? Also anyone know which operating system I'll be working on at UAL/most art schools in general? I don't know, any advice would be much appreciated
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    My humble advice to you for what its worth is that at Uni ,dont go Mac. You need to be mainstream and mainstream is PC Windows,.

    There is also no need to spend fortunes on laptops.

    My old lappy cost about £350 and lasted 7 years. Ive just got a replacement, a dual core pentium machine with 1 terabyte hard drive from John lewis for £320 with 2 year guarantee. Its a lenovo G500 and perfectly capable. Dont believe the hype that you have to spend fortunes on laptops.
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    Depends on what you are looking for in a laptop.

    You can find capable laptops for much less than a MBP, at the cost of battery life and weight for the most part. Whether good battery life and lightweight is worth that much is something only you can decide. Especially the battery life. I have the 13" MBP and regularly get >10 hours battery life and love it.

    I don't know much about arts, but most artist friends of mine use OSX.
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    (Original post by LizzieAC)
    Hi, I'm about to start university, doing the foundation at Saint Martins in September and I need a new laptop anyway (basically fried the graphics card in my last one) I don't really know much about computers, my dad is trying to persuade me to get a MacBook Pro with the retina display and all the trimmings, but I just think £1k+ is so expensive for a laptop. Is there anything similar but cheaper? Or have any general laptop suggestions for me? Also anyone know which operating system I'll be working on at UAL/most art schools in general? I don't know, any advice would be much appreciated
    What is your budget and what will you be using it for?? It's all well and good your dad saying you should buy an expensive Mac but if you're the one paying for it and only need it for essays and facebook, it's not going to be the most cost effective decision.

    Get in touch with the department and ask if there's any specialist software that's recommended or required for the course. Odds are it whatever's used will either be available on both popular operating systems or the university will have computing facilities to get you easy access to them when they're necessary.


    (Original post by Limpopo)
    My humble advice to you for what its worth is that at Uni ,dont go Mac. You need to be mainstream and mainstream is PC Windows,.
    Slightly odd advice to be honest :lolwut: 99% of people won't care or judge you based on what laptop you're using, and even if they did the average university campus probably has more macbook owners than the combined population of Starbucks, and on creative courses like art it's rarely surprising for them to be more popular than Windows machines. No way in hell is using a Mac going to be any sort of stigma outside of really snobbish computing course students.
 
 
 
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