Best laptop/operating system for WGU coursework?

  1. 0 I'm planning on a 9/1 start for a RN-BSN. I need to either purchase a laptop or iPad (or other tablet) prior to that date so I have a dedicated device that I can keep my academic life on.

    So, recommendations? Cost is not as big a concern as best fit to all the required WGU activities (whatever they may be).

    Thanks!
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  3. Visit  boogalina} profile page

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  4. Visit  klone} profile page
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    I would avoid Apple products. While they're working on integrating their program with Mac, AFAIK they're not quite there yet. I've found that a good inexpensive (<$600) laptop fits all my school needs.
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  5. Visit  meanmaryjean} profile page
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    Buy a basic Windows laptop. You should be able to get one to meet all your WGU needs for under $500.
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  6. Visit  Bruce_Wayne} profile page
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    I primarily use a chromebook with chromeOS and it has worked for everything except the online proctored webcam assessments.

    Also the online webcam assessments don't support Windows 8, but supposedly they will starting August 3rd. I'm waiting until sometime in August to buy a new Windows 8 computer. Until then I'm borrowing a friends laptop with Vista for when I need to take proctored webcam assessments.

    I highly recommend a tablet, they're so much better to read from, especially after a long time. Definitely get an HD or Retina display it makes all the difference.
  7. Visit  klone} profile page
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    See, I don't think I would like a tablet, because I type about 80 wpm, and working on a tablet would severely curtail the speed at which I can write papers. And there are a lot of papers.
  8. Visit  skoolrn} profile page
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    I love my MacBook Pro. Use my Dell for the proctored exams but as of early Aug will be compatible with Safari too so can use my Mac.
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  9. Visit  Bruce_Wayne} profile page
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    Quote from klone
    See, I don't think I would like a tablet, because I type about 80 wpm, and working on a tablet would severely curtail the speed at which I can write papers. And there are a lot of papers.
    Tablets for reading not for typing.
  10. Visit  klone} profile page
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    So you would need a separate device for writing. DOesn't seem very cost effective to purchase a tablet *and* a laptop or PC for a school program, which is what the OP is asking about.
  11. Visit  Bruce_Wayne} profile page
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    I still highly recommend it. A year of reading from a tablet vs a year of reading from a computer makes it an easy choice in my mind. Reading on the computer screen is just so horrible, or maybe it's just my computer? Maybe a nice mid range computer would have a nicer screen than I have?
  12. Visit  boogalina} profile page
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    Thank you all! I think I'll spring for a tablet for the reading...saw a coworker at work last night who goes to WGU with her tablet, which she LOVES for reading the assignments. So I'm convinced!

    I'll probably also get an inexpensive laptop as well.
  13. Visit  kylee_adns} profile page
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    I'm glad to see that someone has been able to use their macbook. I have a 3 year old macbook that still runs like a champ, and I am planning on using it for most of my WGU homework. I do have a desktop in case I need it, but I really prefer my macbook.


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