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Mac or PC for ASU nursing students

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by dreamingbig dreamingbig (New Member) New Member

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I am planning to buy a computer (laptop) for the nursing class. I was wondering what most of the students use in ASU. Which is more compatible with the software used in the traditional program - Mac or PC? Can anyone help me with this?

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I was a PC user. I can't remember if the evolve select e-books were compatible on Macs (probably were), but I seem to remember a CD-ROM from a book bought out of a package (psych maybe?) that wasn't compatible with Macs.

A lot of students used PCs but all the mac users seemed to get by just fine, and your peers will gladly share resources (hopefully!). There are PCs available in the nursing learning resource center and both PC and Macs available in the main library.

What was more important was having the right software. I was in the program when ASU made the switch to Office 2007 and having the ability to read old documents and save in compatibility mode across all years of office seemed to throw some for a loop, but I imagine that's fixed/understood by now.

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fromtheseaRN has 5 years experience and specializes in emergency/trauma.

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if you buy a new mac with the intel processor (or whatever... i'm computer illiterate but a dedicated mac user), you have the option to turn on your computer as a mac or a pc. i've only had one cd-rom in a book that was not compatible with my mac, so i start my computer in pc mode when i need to use it.

it's a win-win.

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There are some programs used in nursing that are made for PCs but they almost always have something compatible for Macs too. There are many people in my class who have Macs and get by just fine, however, i think it'd be easier if you got a PC so that you dont have to download anything extra to be able to use the same programs as the PC users.

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