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    Mac vs. pc @ Auc

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    After searching meticulously throughout the forums I m unable to determine if I should buy a MacBook pro or PC laptop. The problem is that I am specifically interested in Auc since I will be starting in fall 2011 and my 5 yr old laptop won't do!

    What will we be using our laptops for at Auc?

    I would appreciate any info on this. Thx in advance

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    uses: checking email and reading powerpoints, if it can do that, it's adequate.

    It doesn't matter which you choose, I don't think any classes actually require you to bring a laptop (I'm only 2nd semester though). Some people bring them to take/view notes during class on laptops, also giving you the benefit of not having to pay $150/semester for printed notes ("notes" = the same powerpoints on paper). I prefer having hard copies though.

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    If you've really searched, then you'd see that most people recommend mac over PC. More reliable and all around better computers. If I were to do it all again though, I'd be taking notes on an iPad!! Really, all it needs to be able to do is read powerpoints and check e-mail. An iPad does everything you need a computer there to do, weighs significantly less than a notebook or even a netbook, and the battery easily lasts all day.
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    I know that I started a thread like this and got yelled at by Slevit for asking such a ridiculous question. (Slevit, I assure you I am simply teasing you, not an actually dissing you) But, I decided to go for a Dell PC and I don't regret it. My decision was based a lot on cost, plus the great protection plan that Dell offers. But really, it is all about what your preferences are and if you prefer Mac over PC or vice versa. Just make sure you know how to use it and are comfortable with the operating system before you get to the island so that you aren't trying to keep up with classes while, at the same time, trying to learn how to use your computer.

    Also, Macs no longer immune to viruses - Technology & science - Security - msnbc.com

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    Its personal preference. Both will work. Although if you get a mac I recommend getting MS Office for it because the converting from mac format to office format is annoying.

    Make sure you get one with an advertised battery life of more than 5 hours to ensure that your battery will last the entire morning of classes... that way you won't have to bring an AC adapter.

    I currently have a mac and my next computer will definitely be a PC.
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    I was thinking of getting a ThinkPad X220 Tablet....it offers the benefits of the touchscreen interface with the addition of a digitizer pen and of course, a keyboard. I was really considering getting an iPad for awhile, but I'm really attached to my laptop and I think I would miss certain features (including a keyboard). I had an iPhone for a few years and think that there are some instances when a digitizer pen will be very useful compared to simple touch interface. Not to mention you really need a laptop to sync with for some of the features, like music and videos if you want to use your own files rather than buying through iTunes. If you're laptop runs iTunes really slowly (you said it was 5 years old) then trying to sync will get really annoying really quickly. Can you use the iPad while it syncs (not rhetorical)? I know you couldn't with the with the iPhone 3G 8 months ago. I also worry that if something happens I have no way to try to fix it myself. If something happens on my laptop I can probably pop the hard drive into another computer to get data back quickly until I have time to fix it/get it fixed.

    But, in all fairness I have an unhealthy attraction to Microsoft products (for a reason I'm still not aware of) and have always liked tablet PCs since I saw one 5 years ago. I really like the design of macs and the reliability, but I never really got into the OS and some of the functionality. I don't start until September though, so I can't give advice on what is useful. Just make sure you try out whatever computer you plan on buying in a store if possible. It'd suck for you to realize your new PC has a really bad touchpad after you buy it.

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    It really just comes down to what you're looking for. If you're just looking for the cheapest computer that will get the job done, you'll be fine with a cheap PC. As people have stated, all you really need is something that can do PowerPoint and check e-mail, and any computer you could buy today can certainly do that. But, you'll have exactly that...a cheap computer; Apple doesn't make cheap computers. When you buy a mac, you're getting typically better hardware, much better design, a far superior operating system, better support, in a thinner, lighter, more durable package with better battery life. Even if you buy the cheapest mac laptop, you're getting an excellent computer. Yes, you can buy cheaper PC's, but you cannot buy cheaper PCs that match the specs and quality of a mac. If you don't care about that, then go ahead and get whatever you want...it will work at AUC.

    RebeccaB: Mac's were never immune to viruses and spyware...it's just much harder to write them and people typically don't do it. There have been a few written, but there still has never been a major virus for or similar issue for mac. You still don't need anti virus software, you still don't get any adware or spyware, and there is still almost nothing to worry about when opening attachments or visiting websites. Nothing has changed.

    AphtaLyfe: There is no mac format. There is an iWork format, which is software you have to buy, just like Office. You also need to buy Office for PC's, so it's not like there's an extra step involved, and you can also get it pre-installed on a mac if you order from apple.com.

    AceInTheHole: I wasn't advocating an iPad as your only computer, but rather a replacement for a laptop for taking notes in class. An iPad can't be your only computer, as it needs something to sync to. But, it can do everything you need it to do while you're in class, and it's lighter and has a much longer battery life than any laptop. You can also buy a stylus for the iPad, so you have the benefits of both a touch interface and a pen. What in the world does syncing have to do with anything? No, you can't sync an iPad and use it at the same time, but syncing only takes a minute or two, and you can do it as often or as little as you want; you could sync it once a month at 3AM if you wanted to. It's not like it's going to pop up in the middle of class and tell you it needs to be synced. There are MANY annoyances in SXM, and if syncing an iPad is an issue for you, you'd be better off not going to the island at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AceInTheHole23 View Post
    I was thinking of getting a ThinkPad X220 Tablet....it offers the benefits of the touchscreen interface with the addition of a digitizer pen and of course, a keyboard. I was really considering getting an iPad for awhile, but I'm really attached to my laptop and I think I would miss certain features (including a keyboard). I had an iPhone for a few years and think that there are some instances when a digitizer pen will be very useful compared to simple touch interface. Not to mention you really need a laptop to sync with for some of the features, like music and videos if you want to use your own files rather than buying through iTunes. If you're laptop runs iTunes really slowly (you said it was 5 years old) then trying to sync will get really annoying really quickly. Can you use the iPad while it syncs (not rhetorical)? I know you couldn't with the with the iPhone 3G 8 months ago. I also worry that if something happens I have no way to try to fix it myself. If something happens on my laptop I can probably pop the hard drive into another computer to get data back quickly until I have time to fix it/get it fixed.

    But, in all fairness I have an unhealthy attraction to Microsoft products (for a reason I'm still not aware of) and have always liked tablet PCs since I saw one 5 years ago. I really like the design of macs and the reliability, but I never really got into the OS and some of the functionality. I don't start until September though, so I can't give advice on what is useful. Just make sure you try out whatever computer you plan on buying in a store if possible. It'd suck for you to realize your new PC has a really bad touchpad after you buy it.
    I have a tablet and I love it, but one down side - no DVD drive. I ended up buying an external DVD drive from Amazon while I was down here.

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    I know you weren't suggesting it was a complete replacement for all computing needs, but the OP said that their computer is 5 years old, and typically computers that are 5 years old are slightly outdated and can't run some programs (like iTunes) as well as newer systems. I know my laptop that is 4 years old takes a while to start iTunes, and it had excellent specs when I got it. I also know that you don't have to sync it at random intervals or that it requires you to do such constantly, but my experience with my iPhone was that a backup and sync took about 30 minutes to an hour. Yes, you could schedule it to do it at night, but if you want something done right away it is an inconvenience. As for the stylus, I tried one for the iPhone when I had it a few months ago, but I found it wasn't that much better than my finger. I couldn't actually write very well with it. Then again, I'm sure they have created various new styli because people want to take advantage of the larger screen of the iPad and its capabilities. I'm not terribly inconvenienced by any of these facts, as I said, I was really considering getting one. I do, however, feel that there are other great alternatives that are less inconvenient in some ways. Likewise, as you've mentioned, there are inconveniences to these devices such as weight, battery life, and screen.

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    First off thank you all for your replies and support.

    The computer I have currently runs windows home xp and is very outdated. I have to wait a while for iTunes to load up. What my thinking is that I would need to learn windows 7 or Mac os so why not get a mac since I have never owned a Mac before. Everyone I ask keeps me telling to go with Mac and not pc. So the reason I started this post was to identify if there will be disadvantages if I go with either one.
    Apple is really expensive but it will last a long time but my toshiba laptop is in a very good condition as well even after 5 years of abuse.
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    I will buy the laptop within a couple weeks so I get the summer to get used to the device and it's operating system.

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