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Old 07-09-2020, 06:11 PM
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My oldest is heading off to school in a few weeks. Looking for a new laptop. He has been using an Apple or MacBook or whatever that was issued to him through the high school That he turned back in when he graduated. Iím more of a pc guy. Any thoughts?
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I went with the MacBook Pro for my two, One has finished and the other is a rising junior, not a single issue (knock on wood).
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+1 on the Macbook Pro, got our daughter one for college and she loves it.
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Macbook is what most like however check with where your child is going to school. I know Clemson is all Apple/Macbook stuff and they have store on campus and pretty good discounts. I assume most colleges do the same
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Another vote for a Macbook......MUCH lower chance of viruses, and IMO because of how my son treats things.....much sturdier as well.
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Ask him what he prefers .... and get that.

Some schools have special pricing for students

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you need to look at the university and see what they recommend

many universities and colleges, schools, departments will have specific setups sold through the university bookstore usually at a pretty good price and loaded with the needed software for the majors in that division of the university

even if you do not buy through them you can still know what you need
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My daughter had the MacBook Pro in college, she recommends the MacBook Air because itís lighter, a little cheaper, and it does everything you need. Several of her friends used the Air. Either would be great I think.
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Best macbook you can afford.

My daughter used her macbook from HS all thru undergrad. It was still faster as a college senior than her friends new PCs.

Then, grad school required the latest macbook, ipad, and iphone for medical software.

​​​​​​Son has a macbook too. Broke his screen by closing it on paper that had a paperclip in it...took a week for largest apple store in country (manhattan) to get part. In meantime he was able to get by using iPad. To be honest, you actually need both, you cannot function in college if something happens to your computer, your stuff needs to be backed up on the cloud. Everything is electronic format, books, notes etc. your computer needs to be good, secure ,needs to be repairable, and also work with phone and tablet.
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you need to look at the university and see what they recommend

many universities and colleges, schools, departments will have specific setups sold through the university bookstore usually at a pretty good price and loaded with the needed software for the majors in that division of the university

even if you do not buy through them you can still know what you need
This. My son's school had an on campus authorized service center for Apple and HP - I think. $$ was cheaper at the school.
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It also depends on the major. If it's anything technical, it's going to be much harder with a mac. If they are going to be in marketing, then I'd go mac.
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All 3 of my kids, 2 in STEM stuff, had PCs, Mac's were not even on the list to get for the STEM programs. 2 of 3 done (one about to start) with college with same PC they started with.

School should have a recommended list for what your kid is going into.

I just ordered a dell business model, much larger battery than most. Should be here tomorrow., $1150

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...15-7500-laptop

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Agree with others...check with the school first before doing anything.
It's been over 20 years, but when our son went off the VA Tech, the school had very specific computer requirements that were mandatory. You weren't allowed to come to school with dad's hand-me-down.
I'm guessing here, but the engineering and architecture schools probably had much higher requirements than the business school he was in.
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My son went off to college last year. His HS used IPads for everything .
He wanted a do everything PC . I purchased him a Sager gaming laptop from Amazon , had good reviews, he has been logging a lot of hours taking online glasses and gaming . Itís going strong.
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Most colleges have a preferred set up that they recommend. Get those from them first. They will have a PC and a Mac option. And most cases if you get it though them you will realize a discount and it will come preloaded with the software you need and they will perform repairs on site. Check what the school first.
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My daughter had the MacBook Pro in college, she recommends the MacBook Air because itís lighter, a little cheaper, and it does everything you need. Several of her friends used the Air. Either would be great I think.
This and the smaller screen isn't a deal breaker. Go to the apple website that offers a discount for students. It'll last quite a while with no issues at all.
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you need to look at the university and see what they recommend
many universities and colleges, schools, departments will have specific setups sold through the university bookstore usually at a pretty good price and loaded with the needed software for the majors in that division of the university
even if you do not buy through them you can still know what you need
In addition to this, you should keep in mind:
1. If it is a technical program (engineering, architecture and some business programs), the school will require a specific laptop to work with its software, and you need to buy that laptop.
2. Most colleges have a program with Apple and HP/Dell/Lenovo for specific computers, which the school will both sell at a very competitive price and also provide full tech support for.
3. If you buy the computer from the college, many often provide an extended warranty for the full period of time your child is at the school, free tech support and a loaner if your computer needs service - this is well worth it.
4. If you don't buy a school offered laptop, make sure whatever you buy has enough processing power (i5 or i7), memory (8 gb minimum) and SSD hard drive space (512 gb minimum) so that is will work well for all 4 years at school.
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*Check with the school first....as mentioned in this thread (and the many other "laptop" threads)....the schools often have great deals on specific laptops, deep discounts on Microsoft Office, etc
*Ask the kid...no sense in forcing an Apple if they hate it, or forcing Windows if they hate it
*If given a choice or if you have some selection, choose the better "business" models over cheaper (crappier) residential models. Business models typically come with a 3 year warranty, versus a 1 year warranty. The parts under the hood are higher quality. Typical rock solid business class models like Lenovo Thinkpad "T" or "X" series are built like tanks, take rough handling well, last a long time.
*As mentioned above..minimum specs... Intel i5 or i7 minimum for CPU, 8 gigs minimum for RAM, and a 500 gig minimum for SSD. Avoid the Intel i3 and Celeron CPUs. Now...AMD for a CPU alternative. "Can be" very good with their newer Ryzen lineup of CPUS...3500 and higher. But...avoid the typically "cheaper" (crappier) model computers that often have AMDs. A laptop that is still very good that has the AMD Ryzen is the Lenovo Thinkpad T495 laptop...can be had for under a grand.
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I agree with the above advice about considering your child's intended major and the availability of school discounts. Unless there is some compelling reason not to go with a MacBook, you should do that.

The biggest "problem" I have with my 9-year-old MacBook Pro is that it never breaks, so it is hard to justify replacing it. It has outlived several Windows laptops- and their replacement Windows laptops- in my family.
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