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Hiya. I am off to uni in September and I want to know what kind of laptop and tablets are recommended? I had HP laptops in the past but since Windows 10 updated, my laptops have often crashed. I have given up hope on HP and am looking into Apple products.

Intially I was going to get just an Macbook but I have been told an iPad would be a good idea for seminars and practicals as they are light and save paper. So I am thinking of getting both.

Is anyone happy to give recommendations for Apple products like what kind of Macbook and iPad I should get? Also the accessories that go with them?

Other companies are also welcome, however I am less inclined with HP due to the mess I had with them over the last 6 years. Many thanks in advance!
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What course do you want to do? Some may require specific software which may only be available for windows
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What course do you want to do? Some may require specific software which may only be available for windows
Its Medicine - I don't know of any specialist software yet. My brother is at med school and he has a 3-D anatomy stimulation that works well on both apple and windows.

For my uni, students are encouraged to bring in anatomy textbooks or their tablet with the PDF textbooks as it helps make sense. I had an apple ipad in the past but unfortunately it is out of date now. But I really liked the interface and was thinking of getting a macbook so I can share my notes easier. I just don't know what ipad and macbook to get that's all
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Hiya. I am off to uni in September and I want to know what kind of laptop and tablets are recommended? I had HP laptops in the past but since Windows 10 updated, my laptops have often crashed. I have given up hope on HP and am looking into Apple products.

Intially I was going to get just an Macbook but I have been told an iPad would be a good idea for seminars and practicals as they are light and save paper. So I am thinking of getting both .

Is anyone happy to give recommendations for Apple products like what kind of Macbook and iPad I should get? Also the accessories that go with them?

Other companies are also welcome, however I am less inclined with HP due to the mess I had with them over the last 6 years. Many thanks in advance!
Hi,

In terms of Apple devices, anything that uses Apple's own processors (instead of Intel ones) are the way to go at the moment - they are powerful enough whilst also having very long battery life. Probably the Macbook Air, or the 13 inch Macbook Pro, would be the laptops to choose from.
Of course, you'd also want an iPad if you wanted a touchscreen device.

You can get keyboards for the iPad, but in all honesty a proper laptop would be better for typing than a tablet with a keyboard attachment. The only exception to this (IMO) is the Surface Pro keyboards, but even they aren't as good as a proper laptop keyboard.
Typing notes and documents would probably be better on a laptop, rather than a tablet device.

Trouble is, by the time you've added an iPad and a Macbook (as well as any accessories), you're going to be looking at a very expensive bill - Apple products are not known for being cheap.
My recommendations would be to stick with a Windows device, since for any given Macbook, you can usually find a Windows laptop with the same specs, for significantly less.

I know that you haven't had good experiences with HP, but exactly what problems did you face with HP devices? I have been using HP devices and they seem fine enough. It seems like you might just need to back up your files and do a reset on your HP - that should get it working fine without any problems.

Hope this helps somewhat
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Hi,

In terms of Apple devices, anything that uses Apple's own processors (instead of Intel ones) are the way to go at the moment - they are powerful enough whilst also having very long battery life. Probably the Macbook Air, or the 13 inch Macbook Pro, would be the laptops to choose from.
Of course, you'd also want an iPad if you wanted a touchscreen device.

You can get keyboards for the iPad, but in all honesty a proper laptop would be better for typing than a tablet with a keyboard attachment. The only exception to this (IMO) is the Surface Pro keyboards, but even they aren't as good as a proper laptop keyboard.
Typing notes and documents would probably be better on a laptop, rather than a tablet device.

Trouble is, by the time you've added an iPad and a Macbook (as well as any accessories), you're going to be looking at a very expensive bill - Apple products are not known for being cheap.
My recommendations would be to stick with a Windows device, since for any given Macbook, you can usually find a Windows laptop with the same specs, for significantly less.

I know that you haven't had good experiences with HP, but exactly what problems did you face with HP devices? I have been using HP devices and they seem fine enough. It seems like you might just need to back up your files and do a reset on your HP - that should get it working fine without any problems.

Hope this helps somewhat
Thanks for your reply!

So for me, my HP laptop has been crashing since March 2020 due to a corrupted BIOS system and susbesquently motherboard had to be replaced. I think this maybe due to the new Windows Update and I feel like I got that awkward laptop. My brother and dad have both got HP laptops but they work fine.

I have warranty (thankfully) and I had it 'fixed' twice and yet I still got a blue screen and it got to point where the laptop completely stopped working. I have got it back today and it seems to be fine so far. All of my stuff are backed on Google Drive and an SD card but yet the laptop really enjoyed crashing. I don't want it to happen at med school so I am thinking of investing in another laptop and a tablet so if one crashes, I still have the other one to use.

I agree with the bill for Apple - it is a LOT! I wll check out the other equivalents too especially since I am already used to HP. Might be easier to adopt to a Lenovo or a Dell after using HP than Apple.
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What is your budget? My parents bought me this (https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/P...E&gclsrc=aw.ds) at a second-hand shop called CEX it was £500 and I love it. It might be a bit big if you are going to have it on your lap in lectures. I get your reluctance to use HP but I haven't had issues with my laptop. It just tells you when it needs an update so it isn't too complicated.
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What is your budget? My parents bought me this (https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/P...E&gclsrc=aw.ds) at a second-hand shop called CEX it was £500 and I love it. It might be a bit big if you are going to have it on your lap in lectures. I get your reluctance to use HP but I haven't had issues with my laptop. It just tells you when it needs an update so it isn't too complicated.
Budget is about £2000. I have been saving up to buy a new one and I am now thinking of going for a 2.1 laptop like the HP Spectre. I might give HP a go - it might be that I ended up buying a faulty one.
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Budget is about £2000. I have been saving up to buy a new one and I am now thinking of going for a 2.1 laptop like the HP Spectre. I might give HP a go - it might be that I ended up buying a faulty one.
With what you are willing to spend, it's worth going into a shop and talking to someone about it. You can test some laptops to see. Even if you end up going and buying it online. John Lewis or something.
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Thanks for your reply!

So for me, my HP laptop has been crashing since March 2020 due to a corrupted BIOS system and susbesquently motherboard had to be replaced. I think this maybe due to the new Windows Update and I feel like I got that awkward laptop. My brother and dad have both got HP laptops but they work fine.

I have warranty (thankfully) and I had it 'fixed' twice and yet I still got a blue screen and it got to point where the laptop completely stopped working. I have got it back today and it seems to be fine so far. All of my stuff are backed on Google Drive and an SD card but yet the laptop really enjoyed crashing. I don't want it to happen at med school so I am thinking of investing in another laptop and a tablet so if one crashes, I still have the other one to use.

I agree with the bill for Apple - it is a LOT! I wll check out the other equivalents too especially since I am already used to HP. Might be easier to adopt to a Lenovo or a Dell after using HP than Apple.
Hi,

The BIOS wouldn't usually corrupt itself, it would usually be due to a BIOS update that would cause issues like what you're describing. Normally, BIOS updates aren't really that necessary, though HP has a tendency to use the "HP Support Assistant" to download such updates.
You're right, the motherboard would have to be replaced if the BIOS goes bad. And it does seem like you got a problematic laptop - most laptops shouldn't do that. Even my old Acer Aspire laptop didn't have those problems (it did get hot and shut down though).

If you get a blue screen then it's most likely an issue with the operating system, drivers, or software - though if the operating system was reinstalled and it still did the blue screens, again it could be a hardware issue. I would definitely suggest investing in another device as you don't want any reliability issues whilst you are at med school.

If you're used to HP then it might be best to stick with Windows for your laptop. As for a tablet, you could get an iPad, or you could get an Android tablet, or even a Windows tablet.

You could get something like a Microsoft Surface Pro or a Microsoft Surface Book - both of those are 2-in-1s so can be used as laptops as well as tablets. Trouble is, they're no cheaper than the Apple equivalent.

If you want a Windows laptop then you could get something like this:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...07993-pdt.html
Should be powerful enough for most tasks, as well as having a good battery life - and being a 14 inch model, it is more portable than traditional 15.6 inch laptops.
If you wanted a traditional 15.6 inch laptop then this would be a good choice:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...18381-pdt.html

You could then also get a suitable tablet for your requirements (if you liked your old iPad, then you could get another iPad - or you could get something else).

Out of interest, what model is your old iPad - could this possibly be updated to a newer iOS version, so you could keep using that?
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Hi,

The BIOS wouldn't usually corrupt itself, it would usually be due to a BIOS update that would cause issues like what you're describing. Normally, BIOS updates aren't really that necessary, though HP has a tendency to use the "HP Support Assistant" to download such updates.
You're right, the motherboard would have to be replaced if the BIOS goes bad. And it does seem like you got a problematic laptop - most laptops shouldn't do that. Even my old Acer Aspire laptop didn't have those problems (it did get hot and shut down though).

If you get a blue screen then it's most likely an issue with the operating system, drivers, or software - though if the operating system was reinstalled and it still did the blue screens, again it could be a hardware issue. I would definitely suggest investing in another device as you don't want any reliability issues whilst you are at med school.

If you're used to HP then it might be best to stick with Windows for your laptop. As for a tablet, you could get an iPad, or you could get an Android tablet, or even a Windows tablet.

You could get something like a Microsoft Surface Pro or a Microsoft Surface Book - both of those are 2-in-1s so can be used as laptops as well as tablets. Trouble is, they're no cheaper than the Apple equivalent.

If you want a Windows laptop then you could get something like this:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...07993-pdt.html
Should be powerful enough for most tasks, as well as having a good battery life - and being a 14 inch model, it is more portable than traditional 15.6 inch laptops.
If you wanted a traditional 15.6 inch laptop then this would be a good choice:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...18381-pdt.html

You could then also get a suitable tablet for your requirements (if you liked your old iPad, then you could get another iPad - or you could get something else).

Out of interest, what model is your old iPad - could this possibly be updated to a newer iOS version, so you could keep using that?
Thanks again for your reply. I was just told that my laptop crasehed due to a corrupted bios system and needed a full replacement of the motherboard. I did have a sound issue where I heard inference noises whenever I watched videos. This happened on a few occasions and I could never fix it. Maybe this caused the computer to play up. A shame really because overall the laptop was pretty good - I just got the bad one.

I am not keen on the 15 to 16 inch laptops yet due to their size and weight as I don't know what my desk space will be like yet. But maybe when I start working, I will invest in a bigger one.

Unfortunately I can't update my iPad to the new IOS system as I think it its the 4th generation. I deffo had it for nearly 10 years now and could no longer use most of the apps as the iPad could not be updated.

I am tempted to buy the HP Spectre as the price also includes the stylus but I need to test it out before I buy it. Need to see if I can continue to use my memory card and if the ports are the same as well because the online pictures show the USB ports to be a small like the Apple ones.
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