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I'm starting nursing school in August. I have only used a PC, and I have had horrible luck with most of my PCs. I finally got my Sony about 4 years ago, and it has been good other then a few easy to... Read More

  1. Visit  princsheather profile page
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    Is the most basic MacBook (as that is all I can afford) going to be a good computer that will last me a long time?
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  3. Visit  jgamom profile page
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    Yes, the MacBook is great! Microsoft makes office software that is compatible with the windows version. Macs take a little while to get used to as they are different, but once you get used to it, you'll never go back.
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  4. Visit  sandnnw profile page
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    My old "basic" MacBook lasted almost five years. I would have kept it, but Apple gave me $267 to trade up.

    You won't find this from any other PC offering. The white book is just as sweet, offers all the bells and whistles. You might even get it fairly cheap on the refurb site I mentioned above.

    Good luck!
  5. Visit  billyrec profile page
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    I recommend a Macbook. I actually just bought one. I like it because if I have a problem I can take it to the apple store and say please fix it. Also if you are a student right now you can get $50 off a macbook and $100 off a macbook pro. You can probably also pick up microsoft word from your school as well. Mine has it for $16 at the bookstore.

    Hope this helps
  6. Visit  Snookerbee profile page
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    I am studying for NCLEX, and bought a mac yesterday so that I could be more mobile as I use my favorite cd's, such as NCLEX 4000 to study....I realize now that many of my programs aren't compatible, but I am encouraged by the suggestion of using parallels. Can anyone tell me what is involved beyond installing the program? Has anyone downloaded it directly from their site with success? Thanks very much for any ideas.
  7. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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    I would wait to get a Mac until you graduate. Macs are not always very compatible with Windows and the vast majority of hospitals and schools are using PCs/Windows. We have to do training at a local hospital before our OB rotation and it is not Mac friendly and takes ~7 hours. I keep having classmates wanting to come over and use my PC as they all have Macs. I say buy a cheap Sony/HP/Dell for school and when you get that fancy RN job, get a Mac if that is what you desire so you won't run into any problems with compatability!

    Also, students get 10% off of Dell and HP and with Dell, you can get an on-site warranty with it so if your computer breaks, they will come to you and fix it within 48 hours. With a Mac, you have to actually go to the Apple store and wait for them to fix it and be without a computer which can be a problem for a student. Dell also covers accidental damage. My Dell laptop was dropped when I slipped on ice and cracked in half and Dell sent me a brand new one. I also spilled Red Bull on it once and fried it while studying and they replaced it then too - no cost! I don't think Apple covers that type of stuff.

    P.S. Macs CAN get viruses but the market is small compared to PCs so people don't write viruses for Macs. You won't get a virus on a PC either if you only connect to an ecrypted wireless network and don't open attachments from people you don't know and don't click on pop ups. I am 5 years strong on my PCs (desktop I built and Dell laptop) and they are both running great with no effort and I have never had anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed!

    P.S.S. Don't use Internet Explorer if yo ucan help it. Get Firefox .
  8. Visit  ChrisCNA profile page
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    macbook pro or the new macbook air
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  9. Visit  Southern Magnolia profile page
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    Quote from princsheather
    I'm starting nursing school in August. I have only used a PC, and I have had horrible luck with most of my PCs. I finally got my Sony about 4 years ago, and it has been good other then a few easy to fix problems. Now it is out of date, my mom needs a computer of her own and I am wanting a new laptop so I was going to give her my Sony and upgrade.
    I would like something that will last me the next 4 years with little to no problem, that is dependable and nice. I have a limited budget around $1100. I don't use it for much other then e-mail, paper writing, research, facebook, pictures, etc. I'm definitely not a tech person and don't care about gaming and all that other stuff. I would prefer something small that is easy to carry around to class and to the library, but that is my only real requirement. And I need some suggestions.
    Mac or Sony? Or something else (I do not trust HP or Dell as I've had horrible luck with them)?
    Thanks
    I just bought my first mac (an imac) and I will never own another PC as long as I live. I got an iPad Valentine's day and am a complete convert! There isn't too much of a learning curve and everything is just BETTER. I can't tell you how much more intuitive everything is and where I had to deal with my PC crashing or freezing constantly from the day I bought it I have not had the mac crash yet (well to be fair I've only had it a week).

    Also apple has a back to school promotion going right now (I see this post is old but maybe this will help someone else). Anyway the current promo is a discounted price for students 0 I saved $50 plus you get a $100 gift card to use at ibooks, the mac app store, or itunes. I used it to buy the software that didn't already come on my computer.

    Best of luck.
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  10. Visit  ScottE,RN profile page
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    Lenovo Thinkpad or Dell XPS laptop.
  11. Visit  wtrang profile page
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    I recommend getting a Windows based computer. Sony is a very good brand name computer which specializes in a lot of electronics, but as far as service/support/how long it will last you, I would get a Dell. I'm biased, but I have never had a Sony laptop. Just from my personal experience, I've had my dell for 6 years and although it's alittle slow, I can still use it.

    I say windows based because the downside with mac computers is the COMPATIBILITY. You're going to need to make sure everything you download and install is compatible. I have an iphone and it works perfectly fine on my windows computers.

    Plus, you also need to check with your nursing school. A lot of them have requirements such as an educational EHR program; will that work on your system if you get a mac?

    Right now I use an ACER netbook that was on sale at Best Buy for like $150 and it's working fine.. for now, it's only been 1 semester though.

    Apple is awesome, i'll be honest. Their services are really good and will fix your mac laptop if anything goes wrong with it. If you can afford one and are willing to 'learn' how to use the software, i'd also recommend this.

    Bottom line is... personally, I will recommend the Sony if this will be your main laptop. If money wasn't an issue, i'd get a Mac AND a netbook. LOL. (netbooks are really good for keeping it solely for class and using it for school. mine never leaves my bag!)
  12. Visit  Southern Magnolia profile page
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    Quote from wtrang
    I recommend getting a Windows based computer. Sony is a very good brand name computer which specializes in a lot of electronics, but as far as service/support/how long it will last you, I would get a Dell. I'm biased, but I have never had a Sony laptop. Just from my personal experience, I've had my dell for 6 years and although it's alittle slow, I can still use it.

    I say windows based because the downside with mac computers is the COMPATIBILITY. You're going to need to make sure everything you download and install is compatible. I have an iphone and it works perfectly fine on my windows computers.

    Plus, you also need to check with your nursing school. A lot of them have requirements such as an educational EHR program; will that work on your system if you get a mac?

    Right now I use an ACER netbook that was on sale at Best Buy for like $150 and it's working fine.. for now, it's only been 1 semester though.

    Apple is awesome, i'll be honest. Their services are really good and will fix your mac laptop if anything goes wrong with it. If you can afford one and are willing to 'learn' how to use the software, i'd also recommend this.

    Bottom line is... personally, I will recommend the Sony if this will be your main laptop. If money wasn't an issue, i'd get a Mac AND a netbook. LOL. (netbooks are really good for keeping it solely for class and using it for school. mine never leaves my bag!)

    Just FYI - there are no compatibility issues these days with Macs - in fact you can run windows on a mac if you really want to - don't know why you'd want to though. The apple products like keynote (powerpoint counterpart), numbers (excel counterpart), pages (word counterpart) will open the windows programs and allow you to edit and then save in the original or apple format. For instance - if I write a document in pages and want to send it to my husband at work where he has a PC - I just save as "word file". He opens it no problem in word then edits and sends it back as a word file. I open it in pages and go on about my business. I you have a PC you can not open a pages file without hoops. Mac makes it seamless. I haven't found anything my PC could do program wise or in any other way that my mac can't do. Oh - other than freeze up and crash and take forever to boot up. Mac doesn't do those things.

    I told you I was a convert! I did a ton of research before buying a mac b/c I was worried about that issue. It's a non-issue. Also, my hard -drive video camera that has issues downloading to my PC downloaded five years of video no problem to my mac. I didn't even have to install the video camera software. The native iMovie did it all. Same for my kodak easyshare - didn't have to do a thing. Just plugged the camera in.

    Also mac has the mac app store for software purchases. If you need a program you just go to the app store and choose the program you'd like. It downloads just like to your iPhone and charges your iTunes account.

    If your in the market for a computer go to an apple store and check it out before you go with a PC. The prices have come down and the customer service is excellent.

    I got an iMac desktop computer and all necessary software, with a 21 inch all in one monitor, wireless keyboard, magic trackpad (mouse replacement), hp airprint enabled photosmart printer, 3 year apple care computer support/ warranty (the best out there), all my old files (music, pictures, documents) transferred from my PC to my iMac, and one year of "one to one" classes where I can go to the apple store before hours and have one on one instruction, advice, support from a "genius". The total after rebates and giftcard and tax was $1400.00.

    Edited to add - I have had very, very little of a learning curve. There are online videos that show all the basics of how to do things and when I picked up my computer at the apple store they did a "meet your mac" class and showed me all the basics. There are some little things that mac does different than apple that took me a bit to figure out but overall everything is very intuitive. Hands down a way better experience than any I've ever had with a PC.
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