onionz wrote:I've been using a $400 one the last two years for work happily..at that rate, I can buy a new $400 onea year and still come out ahead. ew $400 one a year and still come out ahead. Just word processing and internet browsing doesn't require all that power. If you really want something nicer, buy a cheap laptop and put an SSD in.
<shameless Apple fanboy>
Or you can buy a $1000-1500 laptop now that will last you for three years or longer, and have loans cover it. You will spend about the same amount over time, but spend most of that time using a significantly better laptop. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to use the laptop loan program to cover multiple laptops over your three years, even if they add up to less than $1500.
To me, buying a nicer laptop has nothing to do with power. An Air is hardly a powerful machine. It's about build quality and having a good keyboard, trackpad, and screen. The tiny size and amazing battery life are nice, too. As someone who has used both cheap netbooks and nice laptops, you couldn't pay me enough to consider using a cheap netbook in law school.
</shameless Apple fanboy>
Apple machines may be nicer, but I wasn't actually advocating spending $400 a year on a new laptop (in which case I would get a macbook pro retina). My point was that if we're trying to stretch every penny, dropping an extra $600-$1000 for a nicer keyboard, trackpad, and screen(this last one is questionable on non-retina devices) seems unreasonable to me, and it's annoying the school doesn't offer more reasonable budget options.
Apple has done an incredible job convincing you that you *do* need the quality in those devices, but unfortunately they all do their job roughly equally- and in fact getting a bigger laptop that isn't an air and has slightly more spaced out keys will help you type faster if we're talking about differences that *might* matter, as opposed to ones that certainly don't.
If you do buy an Air, then you have to consider buying a monitor for home use (which also costs $), because that screen is tiny to stare at all day long when you're doing *so* much work in front of your computer. Of course, like all their other features, Apple has managed to convince people that staring at a tiny-ass screen is totally reasonable, but carrying anything over 4lbs is the end of the world.
That said, we all have our own preferences. My fiance got a macbook air before she started med school because that was what she was comfortable with and that is most important. When you're already dropping this much money on an education quibbling over another $1k seems a little silly, but I do wish they had added at least one budget option to that list of "accepted" devices. It looks like it comes straight from vendors with all the fixin's.