:bugeyes: Help! Macbook or Dell Laptop? - page 2

:bugeyes: Any computer gurus out there willing to advise me? I need to buy a laptop. Primarily I will use it for writing papers and doing research on internet (not for taking notes in a class or... Read More

  1. by   nursesarah
    i bought an IBM tihnkpad a few years ago and never had any trouble with it. sure, it was a little slow at times bc it was old. but hey....i dropped it a couple times, carried it around places....so it did well. now i just upgraded to a hp compaq. it's a great computer. runs fast, looks nice, and seems to be solidly built. of course, i've only had it for a few days so we'll see how it pans out.

    if you're buying from a chain store like future shop, beware of the salesmen. they're very good and know their stuff....but they make huge commissions off of things like extended warranties. so they will try and sell you what you dont need.
  2. by   Geena
    Dell Inspiron 510m - has worked for me for a year and has not been to the shop once. Geena
  3. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Thanks everyone- I'm still deciding so your feedback has been GREATLY appreciated!
  4. by   daphnis
    Quote from rninme
    Just bought my first laptop a couple of weeks ago after researching for 6 months. Dell didn't want to answer questions for me....they just wanted to sell me a laptop....with more bells and whistles than I needed. You need this...you NEED that....to the tune of $1500!!! Did I buy it?? NO!
    Dell's gotten in legal trouble for that sort of thing, in fact, trying to push people into much more than they asked for, switching models on them, etc. If going with Dell, it's probably best to go via the website, where the choices are all laid out and you can take your time.
  5. by   CityKat
    i speak from experience for both dell and the new macbook with intel chip. i recently made the switch from a dell laptop to the new macbook with the intel chip. i love the new macbook. there is a difference with software and such and it doesn't use html like windows. i'm very familiar with windows and so for me, the most difficulty i had switching to mac was just sort of navigation and also finding free software to open ppt and word documents. anyhow, if you need any advice in regards to software, i have it all. i have had people tell me where to find software, etc. for instance, open office is great and it is very compatible to microsoft office for mac. it's free too. the mac is much easier to figure out, you don't need antivirus (although some will beg to differ on that). the mac os x is hard to hack into and quite frankly, i feel much safer with my mac than i ever did with windows. there are soo many holes in windows that people can hack into. i had identity theft from someone hacking into my dell and i never want to go through that again. not to mention if you are a student, apple offers you an educational discount.
    the only con with the macbook is the intel chip. it doesn't change the security of the mac, but it is the intel chip and the macs are a lot slower than windows. buuuut, it really doesn't matter. honestly. i have had no problems with my macbook and it is very thin (like a notebook) and light to carry.
    for me, it was the best choice to go with the mac over the windows and i have been a windows user for more than 10 years. i seriously felt a sigh of relief after buying my macbook hope that helps. if you do decide to buy the macbook, pm me and i can let you know all about the software that i have and where you can find it, etc.


    Quote from ruby vee
    i'm guessing you don't have a macbook, since they came out in april. i bought one in may, and have since become good friends with sean and nicholas in apple support. the thing keeps shutting down suddenly, and now it won't boot back up again until i take the battery out, hold the power button down for ten seconds, then replace the battery. the next step is to ship it back to apple for repair, but since i'm home from work with a back injury, i really hate to lose my only lifeline with the outside world.

    i made the switch to apple for this machine, and i'm regretting it.
    every computer is going to have their issues and not everyone is perfect. i have never had this problem like you. it sounds like it could be the battery? anyhow, i hope you get it fixed and everything turns out ok. i love my macbook!
  6. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Wow- I so love this website and all the help people take the time to offer each other- thanks! (thought I'd get no answers at all for such an inquiry which is not boring to me, but which I knew would not exactly be an eye catcher on the forums!)
  7. by   Jack Burton
    Just my .02

    You may need to think about what you are going to use this laptop for. For instance, basic programs (Office, E-mail, web, etc.) If this is the case, then any of the low priced major systems will work. In this case, a Celeron, Sempron, or Athlon processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 30GB HD will do you just fine. Something to keep in mind is that this kind of system supplements a good desktop that you can do more on.

    If you don't have a desktop, or are looking for a replacement, then your system requirements go up. Minimum requirements should be a Core Duo processor (Core 2 Duo preferred), 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended), a 60GB HD, and a dedicated graphics card. This will allow you to do anything that you want, without having hardware too terribly outdated in a year.

    As for Apple vs. Windows...well.....that boils down to personal preference. I have never used Apple software, and will agree that windows XP is a crappy OS. However, Vista is coming soon, and I like it much better than XP. If you have another Windows PC, then I would recommend another. (I'll know more about Apples when I get one of the G3's in my attic running.....)

    I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop that supplements my desktop computers, and it does fine. I have noticed that Dell offers the most laptop for the money (I was the IT manager at my last job, and I had to procure computers regularly).

    Hope this helps. Just know when shopping for a computer, people will try run you up the options ladder. Know what you want hardware-wise before you buy. The rest after that is easy.
  8. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Thanks Jack- actually you confirmed a decision I made just a day before I saw your post. I decided to go with a Mac, but I don't have a good desktop PC. Its gettin' to be old...
    So I did decide to go with better hardware since this could be my primary machine soon. I got a MacBook with a 1 GB memory and 80 GB HD. That seemed to match your recommendation!

    Thanks everyone - much appreciation for your time & thoughtfulness in providing this info to me!!!
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from beckersSN
    macbook! macbook! a little over a year ago I deciced to make the switch from pc to apple and I would NEVER go back. Everything is so much easier and works better. And they are pretty! I'm actually looking to get a desktop model soon. I love my laptop though!!
    My son recently purched hte MAC as well.. he couldn't be happier. He said the same thing.. he would NEVER go back to windows. Mac has so many added features, and virtually no viruses ever touch them !

    I say go with the mac.

    OOOOOOOOOOOPS... I see you already got one. Heh. Good for you !
  10. by   dona4jc
    Macbook!! Macbook! I have a PowerBook G4 from Mac, I love it! No virus!!
  11. by   slou!
    I am also agree with all of the Macbook! Macbook! posts!- Oh wait I just saw that you purchased a Macbook. Well, I guess I can't suggest a Mac then, but how about tell you it was a good choice? I LOVE my Macbook! I got it at the end of August and it has been amazing ever since. I could not go back to Dell, honestly I couldn't. Not sure if it is Windows or just Dell computers, but I have never had anything but tons of problems with Windows/Dells! They freeze constantly, even when brand new. Their tech support is awful, atleast every time I have called! Now Macs on the other hand are awesome. I have had my computer for about 3 months now and it has been the best 3 months computerwise. I have not had one single problem with it! I do a lot of graphic design in my spare time (yeah that all flew out the window once I started school!) so it has been great for that, not to mention PhotoBooth, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, etc! And Widgets! I love my widgets, under dashboard. Sure Macs might take a little bit of time getting used to, since Windows is very different and that is what I was used to before my Mac, I did have 2 years of graphic design classes on school computers though so by the time I got my Mac I knew how to use it. Anyway, I think it is worth learning the system for it's awesome features.
    I know people complain that not everything is compatible with macs, but now you can even get windows on mac computers! (Not sure why you would want to, atleast I wouldn't want to but everyone is different ) So there is no excuse! And the low virus risk is a huge plus too. My mac is very fast and it doesn't freeze! I hate using my computer at home (I live at my college and I use my macbook here, at home I use the desktop windows there) because it constantly freezes, all of the programs and IE!

    Sorry, I love my Mac so I get excited about it when people talk about them And I swear Apple is not paying me to say this I sound like a spokesperson for Apple or something, I know. I think Macs are awesome though :redpinkhe If you are having any questions about your computer, I am happy to help too!
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from slou!
    i am also agree with all of the macbook! macbook! posts!- oh wait i just saw that you purchased a macbook. well, i guess i can't suggest a mac then, but how about tell you it was a good choice? i love my macbook! i got it at the end of august and it has been amazing ever since. i could not go back to dell, honestly i couldn't. not sure if it is windows or just dell computers, but i have never had anything but tons of problems with windows/dells! they freeze constantly, even when brand new. their tech support is awful, atleast every time i have called! now macs on the other hand are awesome. i have had my computer for about 3 months now and it has been the best 3 months computerwise. i have not had one single problem with it! i do a lot of graphic design in my spare time (yeah that all flew out the window once i started school!) so it has been great for that, not to mention photobooth, iphoto, imovie, idvd, etc! and widgets! i love my widgets, under dashboard. sure macs might take a little bit of time getting used to, since windows is very different and that is what i was used to before my mac, i did have 2 years of graphic design classes on school computers though so by the time i got my mac i knew how to use it. anyway, i think it is worth learning the system for it's awesome features.
    i know people complain that not everything is compatible with macs, but now you can even get windows on mac computers! (not sure why you would want to, atleast i wouldn't want to but everyone is different ) so there is no excuse! and the low virus risk is a huge plus too. my mac is very fast and it doesn't freeze! i hate using my computer at home (i live at my college and i use my macbook here, at home i use the desktop windows there) because it constantly freezes, all of the programs and ie!

    sorry, i love my mac so i get excited about it when people talk about them and i swear apple is not paying me to say this :d i sound like a spokesperson for apple or something, i know. i think macs are awesome though :redpinkhe if you are having any questions about your computer, i am happy to help too!
    [font="comic sans ms"]i, too switched to mac. i bought my macbook in may, and was plagued with "random shutdown syndrome" for a month until apple figured out that there was indeed a problem. then my computer went to the shop for another month while apple figured out what to do about it. i have it back now, and it seems to be fixed. if you have a macbook and don't have any problems with it, great! if you do experience the problem -- macbook suddenly shuts down without warning and may or may not boot up again -- there's a whole website devoted to the problem and the solution. google "random shutdown syndrome."

    i loved my mac before it started shutting down randomly (and losing my data.) now i'm learning to trust it again. i hopefully won't be needing another computer for a long time, but my husband (who wanted a mac after playing with mine when it was new) won't be getting a mac after the problems i've had. i'm not sure whether i'd buy it again or not.
  13. by   bisson
    i have 4 macs in my house.

    a G5 desktop computer and 3 laptops ( myself, hubby and mom )

    I cannot stand Pc's and will never give up a mac. no viruses, no crashing, and lives for decades.

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