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    Student needs help choosing laptop!

    I am a student currently at university, and my accer aspire 5100 laptop keeps crashing/is really slow/ messes up the internet/ dosn't play dvds etc....

    the usual complaints

    so I want to buy a new one

    I initially thought of buying a macbook, but recently I've been looking around and I can see that there are alot of much cheaper vista laptops avalibale, and was reccomended sony viao laptops....which as it turns out, arn't much cheaper than macbooks


    As a student, I can pick up a 2.4GHz, 2Gb memory macbook for 713 pounds from the apple store, but are they really worth the extra money, and is Mac OS 10.5 as good as the adverts imply. Also, is vista that bad?

    I need some advise, because I'm stumped. My accer laptop is only around 18months old, and it jsut seems to be knackered, so I want to stay away from accer, but are there any other company's I should stay away from?

    I really need the help of someone who knows what they are talking about, so please help!

    Richard.

    Oh- I also want one with a relitavly cheap 3yr warrentee, because if I buy an expensive, supposadly good laptop, I want it to atleast see me through my degree.

    5 Comments

    Ok first of all, I am a bit of a mac fanboy so expect some bias lol
    Mac's in general are quite well known for lasting a long time. A lot of people will tell you that they still use a machine that the bought years and years ago and have no problems with it.
    Personally, I've never had any problems either.
    I would recommend one but there are a few things that you will need to take into account.
    First of all, software. Mac's cannot run the same software that Windows use. So any .exe's you have, wont work unless you install Windows on the Mac. However, even though the software you want isn't available for Mac, most of the time there is a similar version that does the same thing. Eg. Windows have Office, yes they do make a Mac version of Office but it's not as good as iWork (which can handle Office files).
    Yes they are more expensive but they are well built and excellent customer service and as stated earlier, they can stand the test of time.
    If you do decide to go for a Mac and purchase it from the Apple store, do not pay for extra RAM. You can buy extra RAM from Crucial for a third of the price and install it yourself very easily (instructions in the macbook manual).

    I can't comment on Vista. But I would recommend a version of Windows such as XP to run on a Mac to play games and use Windows only software such as 4oD.

    Banned

    get a dell

    dcx_badass;2003307

    Just format what you have and re-install XP, should fix most if not all … Just format what you have and re-install XP, should fix most if not all the problems you outlined.



    Yupp, do what he says.

    You've just knackered the software probably installed some rubbish and thats causing the problems.
    Wipe it and start again.

    No point buying a new one, when you might do the same to that one as well.
    Dont waste the money, £700 will pay for a lot of nights out at Uni jeez.

    is Mac OS 10.5 as good as the adverts imply. Also, is vista that bad?



    No and no.

    OS X has it's fair share of problems, just browse a mac forum and you'll see lots of people moaning.

    Vista isn't that bad either, UAC is a bit silly but can easily be disabled and most of the other moaning is just because it's a new OS. If you're after reliability then XP might be the better bet short term though, simply because the support already exists and it's faults are known.


    If you got some sort of windows disk or recovery disk with your acer then it's worth doing that before you buy a new laptop. Since it was acer you might not have gotten one though.


    As for brands how about Lenovo? They're supposed to be pretty highly thought of and you get the mighty trackpoint.

    Original Poster

    Magic_monkey;2003213

    , do not pay for extra RAM. You can buy extra RAM from Crucial for a … , do not pay for extra RAM. You can buy extra RAM from Crucial for a third of the price and install it yourself very easily (instructions in the macbook manual).




    If you put extra ram in, dosn't it void the warrentee?
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