Quote from NavyVet
I've just begun my pre-reqs for BSN, but I've got some experience as far as laptops for class work. I have a Gateway cx2724 and its been great. Its a convertible tablet pc. For the slow 'discussion' type classes I can sit there and type away...for the faster calculations/drawings/graphs classes like math's and sciences, I prefer to go tablet mode and scribble away. It works well for me, and the organization of Onenote is nice. If you have a scanner, you can scan all the handouts or pages from your textbooks into folders or into your notes....its the closest thing to paperless out there
Needless to say, I like my tablet. Also, as far as what brand/quality to go for....the best thing you can do is go to some electronics stores and feel them in your hands. Thats what i did. I tried the toshiba models out and the gateway. The toshiba model felt a bit flimsy to me, like the whole thing was made of plastic...while the gateway felt a lot more solid. In the end its all personal choice on this type of purchase. Though I must add that the gateway laptop I am typing on right now quit working 13 months after I bought it....1 month after the warranty expired. I called gateway up and they still covered the repairs for me....so there's that, for what its worth. Goodluck!
If you're looking at tablet's, be aware that many of the Gateway models use a different pen system then the rest of the industry....I found that I didn't have as much control with it as I did with the wacom system (the one on just about every other tablet). Gateway's models are strong, but they can be a bit big and heavy. HP, Fujitsu and Thinkpad have sturdily built yet lighter models (my Thinkpad is just 4lbs with a seven hour battery on it, yet very sturdy....titanium hinges, etc).
I don't have any personal grudge against Gateway....in my former life as a techie (before entering into self induced poverty to go to nursing school
)I've just seen them cause a lot of folks trouble. They're known for being very inconsistent with the components they put in their machines.....so two folks with the same make and model of machine, purchased two weeks apart, could have components from different companies in their machines....this just causes more problems down the line (performance differences, driver compatibility issues, etc). So, if you get a good one....fantastic! But if you don't, it's a painful process.
The other thing I'd recommend no matter what machine you get....buy the extended warranty that the manufacturer offers!!! Laptops are one of the few (IMHO) devices that extended warranties make sense on. It's an expensive and delicate (no matter how sturdily built) piece of electronic equipment that you tote with you everywhere, that has crucial information on it. Chances are very good that something will happen at some point in time. I bought a three yr contract for less than $200 in which if I were to throw the thing on the ground, they would have to show up the next business day with a replacement for me (or at least enough parts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again
). I did that because while I am fluent in techie....if the hardware's broken, the only real fix is to replace the hardware....and for laptops, that gets expensive. The policy paid for itself within two months....I had inserted one of my batteries badly (bent the hard plastic connector) it was absolutely my own fault....I just wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. I called up my tech support number and they overnighted a battery to me (eight cell battery, that lasts approx 7 hours), I put the broken battery in the box, put their postage paid label on it and presto, brand new battery no cost to me.
Good luck with your search!