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    Hi,
    I'm off to university in September and am in need of a laptop. My parents have kindly offered to contribute £400 to the price of a laptop and I have some spare cash in my savings. I just wondered would it be best to get a laptop for £400, Get a more expensive laptop, or get a Macbook?

    Thanks for any help

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    Banned

    Join the Mac club.

    Inb4 the paupers of HUKD claim PC is better...

    depends what your studying tbh

    Mac fanboys like myself will tell you to get a Mac. But you can get a decent Windows PC for £400.
    Put it this way, I had my Mac laptop for over 5 years before I sold it and still got £250 for it. In that time, family and friends went through various Windows PCs that constantly needed upgrading memory or hardware, or changing to newer PC's.

    If you've got the money and comfortable with using Macs, then get one.

    Inb4 macs are safer

    Get a much better spec'd PC, They offer much better value and more programs are compatible etc..

    what subjexc are you studying?

    You must also remember not all softwares are mac compatable and if they are some have a few glitches on it or cost the earth.

    Also, hoe you doing to download non legal movies from non legal sites etc if you cant install the software. think like a student lol.

    There wre some great offers on the i5 and i7's a week or two ago.

    one more thing, macs are more desirable to thieves.

    Rupz

    what subjexc are you studying?You must also remember not all softwares … what subjexc are you studying?You must also remember not all softwares are mac compatable and if they are some have a few glitches on it or cost the earth.Also, hoe you doing to download non legal movies from non legal sites etc if you cant install the software. think like a student lol.There wre some great offers on the i5 and i7's a week or two ago. one more thing, macs are more desirable to thieves.



    lol wut?

    To be honest you will probably in most cases be better off with a Windows laptop. If the university has free software (like the one I work for) it will most likely be Windows based. They might even have access to the MSDN Academic Alliance which will give you access to loads of MS software for free etc.

    Best to check that out first although you will get a far far better spec Windows laptop for the same money as a Macbook.
    Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 16th Jun 2011

    neither

    Depends what you're into, really. If you're into longevity, performance, reliability, compatibility, and value, go for a PC. You can buy a Dell business laptop featuring better spec'd parts for something like half the price of a similar MacBook, and you can throw in a 3 year Next Business Day warranty (perhaps also with Accidental Damage / loss cover too) and still save money on the Mac. Macs are nice, and peripheral and software support is beginning to improve, but it's a hefty premium for the Shiny factor ahead of the, y'know, Useful factor, which is why I don't bother with them.

    strike

    lol wut?



    lol should have been hoW dam these fat fingers lol

    Banned

    You'll get more female attention if you have a Mac...

    Mac

    Banned

    Wait a bit and the Back To School promotion will begin. Should get a free iPod.

    For uni, if it's just research and writing essays then a Macbook would be my first choice. The battery means it's ideal for classes and long library sessions, they're generally more durable and you don't have to worry about viruses.

    A PC would get you better specs if that's important.

    Wait till you get to university and see what deals they have. Many universities have deals for laptops and desktops.

    And has been said, Microsoft are really pushing their software via students so you are likely to get much Microsoft software free or very cheap.

    Banned

    You get all the MS equivalent software with a Mac anyway.

    Original Poster

    I'm doing an Economics degree, and to be honest specs aren't that important to me, not looking to play games or anything like that and doubt that I will need to use some unknown software, more likely just the usual stuff. I just want to have something that I won't need to replace in 3/4 years because it has become ridden with viruses, slow or altogether useless!

    Edited by: "pompeycurry" 16th Jun 2011

    KillFelix

    You'll get more female attention if you have a Mac...




    Or Police

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    dontasciime

    Or Police



    It said 'if you have a Mac', not 'if you are black'

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    pompeycurry

    I'm doing an Economics degree, and to be honest specs aren't that … I'm doing an Economics degree, and to be honest specs aren't that important to me, not looking to play games or anything like that and doubt that I will need to use some unknown software, more likely just the usual stuff. I just want to have something that I won't need to replace in 3/4 years because it has become ridden with viruses, slow or altogether useless!



    Even though I still think you should get a Mac, if only to improve your social standing at Uni, you should always reformat a PC every year or so anyway to combat the winslow effect.

    Get whatever you find easier to use! Both have their problems.

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    FilthAndFurry

    Wait a bit and the Back To School promotion will begin. Should get a free … Wait a bit and the Back To School promotion will begin. Should get a free iPod.For uni, if it's just research and writing essays then a Macbook would be my first choice. The battery means it's ideal for classes and long library sessions, they're generally more durable and you don't have to worry about viruses.A PC would get you better specs if that's important.



    Or buy an intel PC with a better spec and load Snowtiger if having a Mac OS is important.

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    meandog101

    Mac fanboys like myself will tell you to get a Mac. But you can get a … Mac fanboys like myself will tell you to get a Mac. But you can get a decent Windows PC for £400.Put it this way, I had my Mac laptop for over 5 years before I sold it and still got £250 for it. In that time, family and friends went through various Windows PCs that constantly needed upgrading memory or hardware, or changing to newer PC's. If you've got the money and comfortable with using Macs, then get one.

    pompeycurry

    I'm doing an Economics degree, and to be honest specs aren't that … I'm doing an Economics degree, and to be honest specs aren't that important to me, not looking to play games or anything like that and doubt that I will need to use some unknown software, more likely just the usual stuff. I just want to have something that I won't need to replace in 3/4 years because it has become ridden with viruses, slow or altogether useless!



    OP - get a Windows PC and you'll have one more thing in common with this guy. You may even start putting pictures of pre-pubescent girls as your avatar.

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    dcx_badass

    Alternatively you could get a mac and fail so epically you don't know … Alternatively you could get a mac and fail so epically you don't know that puberty happens before 18 and a half.



    So that photo was taken when she was 18?

    Maybe you should have this one as your avatar....

    http://www4.images.coolspotters.com/photos/14359/miley-cyrus-and-apple-iphone-gallery.jpg

    Oh no she didn't.

    My macs have always been better value, personally, I had a iBook for nearly 7 years before it broke, it then sold £80 on eBay.It was a great little workhorse, I used it heavily every single day.

    I also have a iMac its nearly 4 year old and works fine, it's better than our PC laptop by miles. I have a second IMac at work, it has outlasted my colleagues pcs, they have since gone through two laptops each, a samsung and a Dell.

    I will say though i have had a few dell's and if i had to buy another PC it would be one of them, but maybe one of the higher end ones as our work ones are already getting slow after just a year




    Edited by: "skellysgirl" 16th Jun 2011

    Also you can get a pretty good discount from the apple university store, plus usually as FAF mentioned if you wait about 6 weeks you can get the promotion whe you also get a free iPod

    Op since you aren't bothered too much really.. It looks like it comes down to cost.

    Cheapest Macbook is what £860? Free ipod offers when the school term rolls around.
    You could get a similar specced Laptop for half that price.

    If money is not an issue... get a macbook (but wait untill sept/oct when they put the free ipod offer on)
    Else buy a laptop and save £300-£400

    Macs:
    Better design
    Higher resale values

    PC:
    Cheaper
    Better for gaming

    Performance wise apart from the above there is little difference between similarly specced machines and contrary to popular belief, macs are not better for design work.

    Personally i would love a macbook (and would put windows on it) but £300-£400 is far too much money that i could save buying something similar.
    Edited by: "Jetpac" 16th Jun 2011

    dcx_badass

    I told you OP that buying a mac made you stupid. A PC does not just 'slow … I told you OP that buying a mac made you stupid. A PC does not just 'slow down' it always the same speed as when it was made, just idiots put crap on them. Use common sense and this won't happen.


    Funny, there's far more crap on my Mac,and it's still speedy.

    Asus Slim netbook (13 inch version will be available at launch)
    tomshardware.com/new…tml

    Looks great, weights very little and tears the current (probably the next also) MB Air to pieces.

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    thrustmaster

    Asus Slim netbook (13 inch version will be available at … Asus Slim netbook (13 inch version will be available at launch)http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Asus-UX21-core-Intel-Ultrabook,12827.htmlLooks great, weights very little and tears the current (probably the next also) MB Air to pieces.



    Shame about the OS though,

    Original Poster

    hmmm, A completely inconclusive thread really then, haha. It seems as though those people who have Mac's argue for them, whereas those who don't argue against them, much like the iPhone argument. hmmmmmmm....!

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    pompeycurry

    hmmm, A completely inconclusive thread really then, haha. It seems as … hmmm, A completely inconclusive thread really then, haha. It seems as though those people who have Mac's argue for them, whereas those who don't argue against them, much like the iPhone argument. hmmmmmmm....!



    I've owned Windows laptops and Apple laptops. I wish I had had an Apple laptop in my time at uni.
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