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I'm starting nursing school on january for my associate and my laptop (hp) is not functionally normally. So soon I will need a laptop replacement. I would like to hear some opinions of which laptop will be good for nursing school. Also, when writing your careplans, do you use microsoft templates (microsoft doc, powerpoints etc)? Any information will be appreciated :)thank you for your time .

Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

Go for lightweight because you'll be carrying heavy books already. For careplans, teachers usually give you a format to follow, so how you do those will depend on their requirements.

AnnieOaklyRN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

Go with an Apple, trust me once you go Mac you never go back!

I have a mac, I can do anything a PC can do without the headaches, like slowness, constant updates, and viruses!

My Apple Mac Book Pro is featherweight and super thin!

I suggest if you are not familiar with Apple you drop into Best Buy, or even better an Apple Store so they can show you the ropes. I can do word processing and other things like powerpoint and turn them into files that are compatible with Windows.

Good Luck!

HPRN (A very happy user of Apple computers!)

Stella_Blue

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

I bought a sony vio touchscreen. I absolutely love it! It really depends on preferance. I never took my laptop to school. I like to take my notes the old fashioned way. My bf has a mac and I absolutely HATE it. Ive always had windows therefore I know how to use it.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

If you do plan to take notes, you will need a real keyboard, not a tablet touchscreen.

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

I love my Macbook Pro. You can put the Microsoft Suite on it. I needed Word, as my assignments had to be submitted online, and Pages, which is what comes on a Mac, isn't compatible with their website.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Love love love my MacBook Pro. I have a 2011 13" and it still works like a charm. I like the model because you can add memory to it unlike the newer models. If you just need a laptop for minimal use such as Internet and papers I'd say go with a MacBook Air. I've seen people around campus and in class with them and they look so convenient and they just slip right in your bag. I might upgrade next year and get the newer Pro, 13" just for the thinness and portability. Pages works just as well as Word, you can export as a Doc or PDF file, same with Numbers and the Apple equivalent of PowerPoint (name slipped my mind). If you have an iPhone and/or iPad you can sync your files to iCloud and access them from any device which is super convenient because if you forget a document on your computer you could access it from your phone and send it to your school email and whatnot. I have never had to worry about any viruses; I have never gotten a virus on my computer. iBooks is invaluable, as well as all the productivity and educational apps in the App Store. I could go on and on but I'm sure you'll get plenty more replies of why Apple is the way to go ;)

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

If you do plan to take notes, you will need a real keyboard, not a tablet touchscreen.

I don't know about other surfaces but you can buy a keyboard accessory for the iPad and use it just like a computer in terms of typing notes.

I got a Macbook Pro in the beginning of my nursing program in January 2012 and it still performs great. I also didn't have Microsoft Office on my laptop so I used Google Docs to type my notes and care plans instead. It wasn't that difficult to convert them into Word Docs and such.

AnnieOaklyRN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

I love my Macbook Pro. You can put the Microsoft Suite on it. I needed Word, as my assignments had to be submitted online, and Pages, which is what comes on a Mac, isn't compatible with their website.

Hey RunBaby,

If you go back to school no need for windows software, my version of pages and whatever the powerpoint equivalent is will convert files to word and powerpoint, so you do not need to buy the windows software.

Just download pages which cost I think a whopping 20.00. My laptop came with the other powerpoint type software. Free classes at any Apple Store as well.

HPRN

Add me in on the Apple boat! I definitely recommend it for nursing school. I love my Macbook pro with all my heart! I use pages mostly, but I have also used something called Audionote (app) where I've recorded my powerpoint lectures while actually taking notes on the powerpoint. It's just so useful all around. You could also get Microsoft Word and all that if you want, but so far all the basic essentials it came with has been good for me! (Pages & Keynote)

Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

For software you need, check with your school's bookstore. Often you can get a huge deal on the basics. For instance, I got Microsoft Office 2013 for $8...

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

Hey RunBaby,

If you go back to school no need for windows software, my version of pages and whatever the powerpoint equivalent is will convert files to word and powerpoint, so you do not need to buy the windows software.

Just download pages which cost I think a whopping 20.00. My laptop came with the other powerpoint type software. Free classes at any Apple Store as well.

HPRN

I had trouble with converting files for some reason. Luckily, the VA bought MS Office for me, so not a big deal.

I also needed PowerPoint for a lot of things. I had trouble on my laptop before I got MS Office with that, as well.

If you can afford a MacBook (they are pretty pricy) you should go with that. They are pretty sturdy and last awhile. I need a new laptop also as my clumsy Labrador retriever knocked mine off the bed and broke the screen :(

Anyway if you are just doing school work, basic browsing, email, running basic programs like word, excel, outlook etc..... You should be fine with a 1.8-2 GHTZ processor and about 4 gigs of ram. However if you go windows STAY FAR AWAY from laptops with celeron processors. They are the cheapest processing chips that Intel make and it will give you a major headache in the long run. Usually laptops with celeron processors will run on the low end of the price range.

Also I would ask a friend who is technically savvy and you trust to go with you to pick out a laptop. DO NOT ask a rep in Best Buy or CompUSA, Tiger Direct, etc what is a "good" laptop for you to purchase for school. They work of commission and will probably sell you and expensive piece of machinery with all the bells and whistles that you probably won't even need or use.

If you are not looking to beak the piggy bank, Chrome books are fairly in expensive ($200) and up and Microsoft released Microsoft suite for ChromeOS.

Good Luck!!!

dell venue 8 pro.

its small yet the screen is big enough to type notes on (or write on...its touchscreen). with onedrive built in you get 1tb of online storage for free.

and its ONLY $200 vs the 1k the macs go for..

or go with the microsoft surface. no way a mac can compare to windows 8.1 with in regards to school stuff

You can get a Microsoft surface 2 from eBay right now for $200. Its refurbished by Microsoft itself and the quality is outstanding. It has a lean version of windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 RT. The difference is that you cannot install legacy software ( what you would normally put in your PC or laptop), you can only install software from the Microsoft Store, this has its Pros and Cons. But for schoolwork it is amazing, comes with Office installed for free, you can connect anything you want via an USB 3 port, and if you purchase a keyboard cover you can use it as a mini laptop. I just bought one for when I start nursing school in January, its small enough to be ultra portable , but functional enough to get my work done.

My recommendation is not to buy a Mac Laptop, they are overpriced pieces of hardware that are really not worth the extra cost. Yes you can run windows virtually in them, but for that you may as well just get a normal windows laptop, normally half or even less of the price for the same amount of power.

They are sleek and pretty but beyond that they are just a symbol, to represent purchasing power and status.

I would personally recommend the MacBook air. It is very portable for college students and doesn't feel heavy at all it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. The MacBooks are also very reliable so its one less worry that you will have during school.

Apple is my fave. My version of pages (my comp is from 09) can convert it so school websites can take it. My mom has a MacBook white which she had fixed so that if you restart the computer a certain way it runs Windows. I call it her Frankenstein computer, but it doesn't look any different. Mark me down for Mac, I HATED my Sony Vaio (this was in 05-08 so maybe they're better now).

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