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Old 01-06-10, 11:22 AM   #1
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Mac or PC?

Ok people, let's try not to get into a war...

I need a new computer. It'll need to be big enough to hold all my music and pics and I'll be using it primarily for school. $1500 is about my limit (plus or minus depending on options.) It'll need to be a laptop for transportation to and from school and wherever my life leads me.

What say you, Foo?
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Old 01-06-10, 11:31 AM   #2
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Computers are the work of the devil.
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get a red one
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 01-06-10, 11:43 AM   #5
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nothing, as long as it is red.
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Old 01-06-10, 11:49 AM   #7
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Well, it has red beads.
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Old 01-06-10, 11:51 AM   #8
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so does AEO.........
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Old 01-06-10, 11:53 AM   #9
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For 1500, you can get a pretty powerful dell laptop.

I configured one for my 15 year old neice for a christmas present. I was amazed at the amount of sophistication & complete care accidental damage warranty coverage I could cram into 1500.


(Ignore the vista crap. I couldn't get windows 7 on a fast ship in time for christmas. Windoes 7 is pretty darned good, actually. )


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Old 01-06-10, 11:55 AM   #10
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buy a $750 Dell laptop and spend the rest on books. Then put the remaining $ in the bank.
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Old 01-06-10, 11:57 AM   #11
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My last computer was a Dell and I had no end of problems with it. I'd like something a little more stable than that was. It lasted 4 years, but it was turning to **** late in its life and from the very beginning, I was having start up issues, wireless connection issues, crashing issues... I wasn't really that happy with it.
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Old 01-06-10, 11:58 AM   #12
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get a red one
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Old 01-06-10, 11:59 AM   #13
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My last computer was a Dell and I had no end of problems with it. I'd like something a little more stable than that was. It lasted 4 years, but it was turning to **** late in its life and from the very beginning, I was having start up issues, wireless connection issues, crashing issues... I wasn't really that happy with it.
Then check out HP. They have pretty much the same kinds of stuff at the same kinds of prices.

BTW, I've been using dells for over 10 years. The quality and service has improved, but i wouldn't buy any laptop without a 3-year next business day onsite warranty service plan, and 3-year complete care accidental damage protection plan.

They're all pretty delicate, and chock full of teeny-tiny delicate components that can go wrong.
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Old 01-06-10, 12:03 PM   #14
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My last human was a real drain on my patience and I had no end of problems with him. I'd like something a little more reliable than that was. He lasted 4 years, but it was turning to **** late in its life and from the very beginning, I was having waking up issues, greasy food on my keyboard issues, connecting me with pron sites... I wasn't really that happy with him.
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Old 01-06-10, 12:07 PM   #15
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I bought a Mac mini and love it. As long as your not trying to launch rockets or build a woman (like in weird science), it's all you will need. I went from dell to building my own to this.. No complaints.
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HP G60t - Jazz it up a little with some extra space and maybe a little more L2 cache but you really shouldn't need much more. Should com in around $500. Drink the rest.
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Ive been mac only for 8 years and love it. with the right software you can do everything a pc can do plus all the fun creative stuff a mac does. You can even run windows and OS X on the same laptop. If you want depenability a mac is your answer. My imac g4 is 7 years old and still runs fine. although i did upgrade to a new one just for the extra speed and for software.
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Get a refurbished Macbook for half your budget or wait until the tablets come out in a couple months.
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I just picked up a Dell Studio 15 with an i7 processor for $1300 shipped. It is totally overkill but I like the i7 "power boost" architecture.

If you are particularly averse to Dell and are looking for rock-solid hardware built for abuse, DO NOT BUY A CONSUMER CLASS MACHINE. Skip to the "Small business" section of each website and get a road warrior business-class machine. I like lenovo (formerlly IBM) and Toshiba for brick-like stability.
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First choice: Apple

Second: HP
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I just picked up a Dell Studio 15 with an i7 processor for $1300 shipped. It is totally overkill but I like the i7 "power boost" architecture.

If you are particularly averse to Dell and are looking for rock-solid hardware built for abuse, DO NOT BUY A CONSUMER CLASS MACHINE. Skip to the "Small business" section of each website and get a road warrior business-class machine. I like lenovo (formerlly IBM) and Toshiba for brick-like stability.
Latitude in the dells.
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Ok people, let's try not to get into a war.
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Get a refurbished Macbook for half your budget or wait until the tablets come out in a couple months.
The tablets are irrelevant to this discussion.

If you do get a MacBook, skip the cheaper plastic version, the hardware blows. The metal MacBook Pros are rock solid (we have two MacBook Pros here, one cheaper plastic one, the cheaper one breaks).
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Or get a nice Windows laptop. I'll say this: Windows 7 has to be better than friggin Windows Vista or XT.
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Get a Lenovo Thinkpad. For $1500, you could get a nice T-Series. Hard to kill, and generally very stable.

Go to: http://lenovo.com/cpp
Use the keyword: familyandfriends

Voila! You get the contractor's discount. Used this a couple of times. They encouraged us contractors to share this code with everyone we know.
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