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.