tar2009 wrote:Hey everyone! Any idea what kind of laptop you will have while at UCLA? I'm a current Dell user, but I'm not so happy with it. I spoke with someone at the IT department at UCLA and they told me the law school is windows based, but it is still possible to have a mac and partition your hard drive. Any thoughts? Experiences?
I've been using a Sony VGN-Z540 for the past year and absolutely love it. It is rather pricey but it's compact, light, and fast. If you don't mind paying a bit extra for a laptop, I would definitely recommend a Sony. Hope that helps a bit.
I had a Sony SZ450n/c and I think it is pretty much the same thing but an older model. I would hope the newer ones are better constructed because mine has literally fallen apart since buying it back in 2007. It wasn't a cheap computer, $1500, and it still runs good without any real performance issues. However, the construction seemed real cheap. I opted for the carbon fiber version for less weight (and look and baller-ism), and it was seriously light, but the computer felt like hot-glued plastic. It would creak and crack when I picked it up, and the sides started to come off the body (I admit that it sometimes experienced sudden drops while in my backpack's padded laptop compartment). My main complaint is the hinges on the screen are so lose now that they screen wobble about 10degrees when you type on it. The customer service was nice though, they fixed some of the construction problems 1 year after buying it, but it still suffers from inferior construction quality in my opinion. It lasted nearly 3 years, so I guess that is standard for a computer. It wasn't the software/hardware that made it become outdated but the construction quality.
I have since gotten a macbook pro and I love it. Mac is actually a very nice operating system despite all the jokes I have given mac users, but I do find issues like on a PC and some compatibility problems but not as much as I thought I would. I just like the construction of it, it feels real sturdy and with the protection accessories you can get made specifically for a mac I can't forsee any problems like I had with my Sony. Installing windows on the mac is very easy as well, and it works like a charm without a single issue yet. However, I got mine for a steal and after owning one I really wouldn't recommend spending $1500 on a computer after experiencing that with my sony. Buying two $600 computers over the same lifetime would be a better deal. I recommend HP, as Dell is moving toward the business market and away from direct consumers (their customer service is also starting to reflect this mindset). I would say HP or a Sony if you want a PC (depending on if you can find a good one for a reasonable price), but a mac if you can find a good deal on one.
Check out http://www.frys.com
they are such a good retailer and have very good deals too. Good luck.