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Do you think MacBook 11inch would be good for Nursing School? Or is it too small?

I like the 11 inch MacBook laptop because I think it is very light and easy to get in my purse or backpack. Very light weight and just very practical but what do you guys think? Let me know :)

VivaLaVespaGirl, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ED, Medicine, Case Management. Has 4 years experience.

Would this be your only computer? I think you might find it to be too small for doing research and writing papers. However, you could purchase a monitor and a keyboard to hook it up to so that you could work on it more comfortably when not in school.

I have an 11" laptop as well as a 17" laptop. I find myself usually using the smaller one both at home and on the go. It works for me!

I have a MacBook Pro...and don't really like it. I'm planning on getting a netbook for school. Mac is not very user friendly, but if you are a Mac person then go for it.

EGRRN33

Has 10+ years experience.

I have the 11in MacBook and have gotten through my online MSN with it (6 more weeks!). I love it! I find it much more user friendly than windows! I have written a lot of papers with it with no problems! I would go to the Apple store and play around on one before you make your decision. Good luck!

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

I have a 13" Pro, but was trying to get an 11" Air (the VA wouldn't go for the Air). The 13" was fine, and I think something smaller would have worked well, too.

The size and weight are definitely convenient. I took mine everywhere while in school.

I think the 11" mac air would be fine. Go with the base model. 4GB Ram and I5 processor.

Use the $100 difference between the 11" and 13" model towards a 21" - 23" monitor or laser printer for home.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day:

Why not a 13" Macbook Air for the extended battery life over the 11"?

Thank you.

Thanks for all the advise I really appreciate them

I will see how the first semester goes with my 11 inch if not i will have to upgrade! :$

Anyone in the BSN program know how is the first semester?

Everline

Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

I have 13 inch MacBook that I love. I wouldn't mind having an 11 inch MacBook and probably would have gone with that if I purchased it myself. But this was a gift and I am not complaining. Really one of the best gifts I've ever gotten for nursing school.

Carpediem1012, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

I love my 15" pro retina but I take notes by hand, so never really take mine with me.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day:

Does the 9 hour battery life for the 11" for the portability do ok compared to the 12 hour battery life for the 13"? How much less portable is the 13" compared to the 11"?

Thank you.

angikat

Specializes in geriatrics, psych. Has 20+ years experience.

I absolutely love my MacBook Pro! I love all of my apple gadgets! I'm an apple nut!!! Lol! User friendly plus, if it's absolutely required, you can easily change pages documents to word documents. I use an app called audionote on my macbook to record class (where allowed) while taking notes that follow the recording. Very helpful and also available on my iphone and ipad. The recordings end up on my phone, ipad, and macbook so I can study anytime and anywhere. Same with pages or keynote. I used these back when I had A&P. My instructor allowed us to take photos of slides in the microscope so I took photos of them, labeled them through keynote, and had them on all my gadgets to study. My MacBook Pro has been invaluable to me so it was very well worth the cash!

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I have the 13" mac air and I like it. The 11" has a much smaller footprint for coffee shops, desks, and is cheaper.

With 9 hours charge, most days you should be able to leave your charger at home or in car.

Mine averages 12 hours, but I am not at school for more than 7 hours. If you want to watch Netflix on the school's WiFi then a charger may be handy.

I would say go to BestBuy and try the 11" out first, using web and try typing some documents.

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro 13 Inch! I love it! before that I had a dell and crashed, died quickly, it was just terrible. I'm so glad I have this one. Reliable, easy to use if you love apple products or just tech savy, and if you're a student you get $100/200 off?

I think the 11 inches are adorable especially the 11 air. But it just wasn't for me. Plus me personally something that light and small wouldn't last long in my hands. I would definitely need a case ;)

Spend thousands on a Mac or get another laptop for a few hundred bucks.?Your move.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

angikat, that's an impressive system you have going with your Apple gizmos! It's very appealing.

Still, I had better experience with taking notes by hand. There seems to be some evidence that handwritten is better than keyboarding for long-term memory though of course each individual is unique and not everyone is at the middle of the bell curve.

A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop - Scientific American

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Spend thousands on a Mac or get another laptop for a few hundred bucks.?Your move.
Yep. I'd rather get a $399 Toshiba laptop or a $599 HP laptop instead of spending thousands on one Mac. For the life of me I will never understand the brand-name obsession with Apple products.

Yep. I'd rather get a $399 Toshiba laptop or a $599 HP laptop instead of spending thousands on one Mac. For the life of me I will never understand the brand-name obsession with Apple products.

I have an iPhone 5s because I bought into the hype and was decently pleased with my 4s. What a waste of money, there literally are very few differences between the two. I am going back to Droid ASAP and the only thing I will miss is iMessage. It's all marketing/hype and this is coming from a prior IT guy.

I have an iPhone 5s because I bought into the hype and was decently pleased with my 4s. What a waste of money, there literally are very few differences between the two. I am going back to Droid ASAP and the only thing I will miss is iMessage. It's all marketing/hype and this is coming from a prior IT guy.

I completely agree. It's just a bunch of hype. I have bounced back and forth between androids and iPhones since the very first iPhone came out years ago and I keep going back to android. My last iPhone was a 4s and when the 5s came out I was not pleased and got a Samsung Galaxy s4 and I'm quite happy. I do miss iMessage and the auto syncing of my music with iTunes but I'm otherwise happy with android. Apple really needs to step up their game with iPhones otherwise they will end up along the lines of blackberry....in the dust. Now I can't say the same for my iPad. Mine goes with me to work and school and I love it. I'm a technology melting pot :)

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