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Laptop time

I decided recently that I want a laptop. I have a crappy Dell laptop that's about a million years old and doesn't have a cd rom drive. I used it as a bitch box to run linux back in my techie days, with the help of Rob.

But now I actually want a real laptop. Something awesome, with wireless capabilities (is there any other kind, these days?) so that when I actually go to real classes I can take notes, and so I can bring it to coffee shops while I sip ice water, or at least so I can bring it to my living room.

I'm trying to decide between a Mac and a PC. I grew up on a Mac but haven't really used them much recently, and there's a bunch of stuff on my current computer (that I would still be keeping) that wouldn't translate well. I really do like Macs though, and I believe they are better computers. Also more expensive.

So anyway, I guess I'm looking for suggestions, advice, etc. I wouldn't mind a refurbished computer, and I think that's my only option, financially. If possible I'd like to stay < $600, with OS included.

In my dreams, my laptop is a tablet PC. But let's not even go there.



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Apr. 4th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
I have a macbook. Eric has a macbook. He convinced my roommate to get a macbook as well. But they won't cost you less than 600. My roommate just paid $800 for hers, but hers was the last of the "older" macbooks that the computer store had. I think the newer ones run $1100 now.
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
My sister has a macbook. I like it. Macs pretty much rock. I don't mind a refurbished one, so hopefully I'll be able to find a good one for a little bit less.

Sheesh, macs are expensive.

The Vaio is looking nice, dependable, and cheap.
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Just remember... if you get a Mac, it can run Windows now! :)

Apr. 4th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't care to run windows. I prefer operating systems named after large cats ;)

do you have any advice on why or why not to get an iBook if I can get one a heck of a lot cheaper than a macbook?
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
An iBook is fine, but a MacBook is going to be a lot faster. I have a MacBook and it is incredibly fast, even more than the G4 Powerbook I used to have. Also, the new MacBooks are just built a lot better, IMO. I think it's worth the money, plus you can still get a student discount since you're in school! :) I would never ever go back now that I've got my Mac.

If you do get a Mac, make sure you buy the Applecare extended warranty, because you never know if you'll have to use it. I never expected I'd need it, but my battery randomly died and I had to take it to the Apple store where they gave me a new one for free!

Plus if you have any questions, their support is always open and they actually know what they're talking about and are not from India, which is what you're going to get if you buy a Dell.
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
yeah. I have a dell desktop. My warranty ran out in 2006, but before that when I would be on the phone with them, I could never understand the technicians.
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Heh. Fortunately the only time I ever had to call support was when my battery died, but my dad, who recently converted to mac after 20 years of Windows, calls them whenever he doesn't want to bother me about questions, and he seems to really like the support people.
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
I used to flirt with the Cox techies. Ah, the good old days

Macbooks are just so expensive! A used iBook seems like a much better option financially, but I want something awesome, so I dunno :(
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
mine is actually a G4 ibook, not a macbook. I was going to buy a macbook, but decided not to because the tiny screen made me feel claustrophobic. (It's slightly wider, but shorter than a 12-inch ibook and I felt like I had to hunch over to see what I was working on. my current is a 14-inch ibook.) Gosh, I think I made some pros/cons lists but I can't find them right now. When Alan gets home I will ask him if he remembers my other reasons. I think another reason was that some of the software for macbook wasn't quite ready at that time and actually took longer to load than the same stuff on ibook. I don't know if that's still an issue. I've been perfectly happy with my speed on the ibook. I think I have 1G ram. I thought about getting a macbook pro but the battery life is not very good and it heats up too much. One thing I wish my computer has and doesn't is the built in camera that's on macbooks. That is the only thing.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=D8593B5A&nclm=CertifiedMac this is the refurbished apple store... doesn't look like they have any ibooks for sale right now but it changes all the time.
Apr. 4th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
oh yeah also check out dealmac.com here are their computers:


I would try to get a G4 and not a G3 ibook if you can afford it. I definitely noticed a big improvement in speed when I graded up.
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
dealmac looked great until anything I clicked on the "deal expired" :(

$700 sounds doable for a G4.
Apr. 4th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you will have a hard time finding a Mac notebook for under $600. But there are definitely some Windows notebooks in that range... not great ones, but the price is at that level.
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