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laptop or PC+netbook

Postby lsatClay » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:17 am

I was looking for a good laptop, but I've noticed that desktops are generally cheaper. I've been thinking about buying a desktop+ a netbook, which would only be marginally more expensive than a laptop. I'm probably going to split my study time equally with home/library. I don't really know a lot about computers, never owned a netbook or a laptop, but is this a good idea?

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby StrictlyLiable » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:40 am

Macbook pro 15 with external display.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby HBK » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:58 am

One thing you have to consider about netbooks: You'll be taking your exams on them.

If you're cool with the keyboard and screen sizes, go for it. If not, laptops aren't that expensive. And aside from macs, you can add a PC screen for a little over $100.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Miniver » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:06 am

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby apropos » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:42 pm

You might also consider the small but often occurring annoyance of having files on one computer and having to transfer them when you need them.

Macbook, 13 inch (so it's still very portable), and get a display for home if you end up wanting one.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Connelly » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:11 pm

Miniver wrote:Netbooks are so small and terribly gimped--even just for running bare-bones applications.


I would have to disagree. I have an Acer Aspire One running Windows 7 on 2 GB of RAM that does everything needed for law school very well.

Miniver wrote:I would just get a laptop. I highly recommend the ASUS UL series, as an owner of one of the models myself.


However, I totally agree with this. I'm currently running a netbook + desktop setup that cost around $700, but you could get an Asus that has the benefits of a netbook and desktop combined for a similar price or less.

apropos wrote:You might also consider the small but often occurring annoyance of having files on one computer and having to transfer them when you need them.


I actually see this as a benefit of a multiple machine setup. There are several applications that do this, but I use Windows Live Mesh to automatically sync up to 5 GB of files across all of my machines as well as a repository on the web. I use this for all of my law school files, so there will always be 3+ copies of every file I use for law school, and I can access the files from anywhere else I need to as well. It even works great with OneNote.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby beach_terror » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:13 pm

StrictlyLiable wrote:Macbook pro 15 with external display.


To those that enjoy throwing money away on shitty macs, this is an option. The best, however, is to not be an idiot and own a windows machine.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby kalvano » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:50 pm

Netbooks have a keyboard Frodo would struggle to type on. You're going to be typing pages at a time.

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Postby Notor » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:54 pm

Just get a 15" Dell Inspiron with barebones features (like no Office suite), and then when you get to school buy Office through the school's IT department for a huge discount.

This should cost you no more than $600.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Cavalier » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:05 pm

If you're a gamer, getting a netbook+PC isn't a bad idea - I sort of wish I had done that instead of opting for a laptop that can run games. But if you don't want to run anything beyond Office and the Internet on your computer, getting a laptop is a better choice, in my opinion.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby lsatClay » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:35 am

Thank you guys for the advice. I think I will just go with the laptop. (A Dell)

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby sundance95 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:39 am

HBK wrote:One thing you have to consider about netbooks: You'll be taking your exams on them.


This. I own a netbook and love it, but the thing to always remember about them is that they are not to be used for critical functions. When it comes to exams, you want absolute confidence that everything is going to work perfectly. A netbook is not going to give you that.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Bosque » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:46 am

kalvano wrote:Netbooks have a keyboard Frodo would struggle to type on. You're going to be typing pages at a time.


Actually, I know Frodo. He has a laptop, but he leaves it at home and takes all his notes by hand. I don't know if he has ever tried a Netbook, but I imagine he would not be a fan.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby kalvano » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:58 am

Bosque wrote:
kalvano wrote:Netbooks have a keyboard Frodo would struggle to type on. You're going to be typing pages at a time.


Actually, I know Frodo. He has a laptop, but he leaves it at home and takes all his notes by hand. I don't know if he has ever tried a Netbook, but I imagine he would not be a fan.



Samwise hates them.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Fast_Fingers » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:05 pm

lsatClay wrote:Thank you guys for the advice. I think I will just go with the laptop. (A Dell)


Cool. If you can get an affordable monitor, you can run a dual monitor setup, which would be best complimented with a decent mouse (Logitech MX518) and keyboard (Ergonomic or Unicomp with the buckling springs).

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Bosque » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:09 pm

kalvano wrote:
Bosque wrote:
kalvano wrote:Netbooks have a keyboard Frodo would struggle to type on. You're going to be typing pages at a time.


Actually, I know Frodo. He has a laptop, but he leaves it at home and takes all his notes by hand. I don't know if he has ever tried a Netbook, but I imagine he would not be a fan.



Samwise hates them.


Samwise was my roommate in undergrad actually. He was a graphic design major, so you are right. He cannot stand working on the tiny screen.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby Baylan » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:05 pm

sundance95 wrote:
HBK wrote:One thing you have to consider about netbooks: You'll be taking your exams on them.


This. I own a netbook and love it, but the thing to always remember about them is that they are not to be used for critical functions. When it comes to exams, you want absolute confidence that everything is going to work perfectly. A netbook is not going to give you that.


Why aren't they to be used for critical functions? I fail to see how any computer is any more or less reliable than any other.

I have 100% confidence in my netbook to handle absolutely everything that I need it to do.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby napolnic » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:10 pm

I had no problem with the netbook/desktop combo. I used dropbox to sync files. I had no problems with my keyboard (it's something like 98% of normal size) and it gave me no problems at any point, including during exams.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby stj2013 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:28 pm

I think people just haven't used anything past a first gen netbook. The one I recently bought can play HD video and has a full-size keyboard.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby pleasetryagain » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:39 pm

stj2013 wrote:I think people just haven't used anything past a first gen netbook. The one I recently bought can play HD video and has a full-size keyboard.


word.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby kalvano » Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:08 am

stj2013 wrote:I think people just haven't used anything past a first gen netbook. The one I recently bought can play HD video and has a full-size keyboard.



Really? Because I went and tried one with a 97% keyboard (as full-size as they get, really) and it was still way too small. Plus, trying to type tons of pages on a 10.1" screen? No thanks.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby stj2013 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:37 am

kalvano wrote:
stj2013 wrote:I think people just haven't used anything past a first gen netbook. The one I recently bought can play HD video and has a full-size keyboard.



Really? Because I went and tried one with a 97% keyboard (as full-size as they get, really) and it was still way too small. Plus, trying to type tons of pages on a 10.1" screen? No thanks.


Its personal preference I guess. There are some netbook keyboards I can't type on for crap, but the one I have I get about 70 wpm. The 10.1 inch screen size doesn't bother me, but I'm used to browsing the web on tiny little phone screens. :lol: Acer has some netbooks with 12 inch screens out now, but thats getting in to the territory where you might as well just buy a fullsize one. But yeah, the important thing is to get whatever you are comfortable using on exams. Go to your nearest Microcenter/Best Buy and try everything that catches your eye.

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Re: laptop or PC+netbook

Postby artichoke » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:45 am

Buy a Mac, they are so so so much better. And I've been using both a windows and a mac since I was 6 years old, so I'm a pretty good authority on the matter ;)

But seriously, you will be so much happier with a mac.




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