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TBoy
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Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
Daughter is starting college with plan to study economics. Needs a new laptop to take. Dell XPS-13 looks good to me but she likes MacBook Pro. Beyond cool factors, there are legit reasons to consider Mac, such as the Unix based OS and programming flexibility. University also seems to prefer Mac, although they say it is personal choice.

Is there a legitimate technical reason why a MacBook or PC is a better, or not better, choice for college this year?



NotGrammarKnotsi
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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the Unix based OS and programming flexibility


Should not factor into

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plan to study economics


She is obviously like mine and all her "cooler" friends have crapples just for the logo


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MintBerry Crunch
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
Objectively, Apples have the best trackpad - they are made of glass and the multitouch gestures are one of a kind. I am in the same boat and am getting a macbook.


TBoy
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
I am hoping that some folks in college or grad school weigh in.

It would have been good if Apple had already shipped a 2018 updated line.
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foshizzle
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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Is there a legitimate technical reason why a MacBook or PC is a better, or not better, choice for college this year?


I'm not aware of one, especially for college students.

That said, if she likes the Mac she'll be more likely to use it. If she just doesn't want to use the Dell then the money "saved" was really just thrown away.


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bluebarracuda
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
You usually pay more for what you get with apple, but they make quality products.

Do they have an 8th gen refresh yet?


TBoy
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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Do they have an 8th gen refresh yet?


Not yet. They also have a keyboard issue. They usually upgrade the line in June but no upgrade yet. Still selling last year’s system.


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LSURep864
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
Macbooks have vastly inferior hardware compared to similarly priced PCs. The main reason to get a Mac is if you just prefer the OS, and are invested into the ecosystem.

Hardware specs will never lead you to buying a Mac.
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bluebarracuda
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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Macbooks have vastly inferior hardware compared to similarly priced PCs


Nowadays, this statement is false. Dell XPS and surface line run similarly priced to the MacBooks. They have 8th gen refreshes though, which is a pretty big step up from 7th gen

Sure, you can get gaming laptops for the same price, but people don't want to lug around 6lb systems with terrible battery life
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LSURep864
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
I haven't looked at the pricing on windows laptops recently. Wouldn't be surprised if they're raising their prices because they see Apple getting away with it.

In general if you know hardware, then look down the specs sheets for a macbook, they're a joke.

EDIT to add. Albeit the specs are extremely sufficient for college word docs and web browsing for sure. Just a bit overpriced for that use case.
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NotGrammarKnotsi
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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Wouldn't be surprised if they're raising their prices


try finding a $200 Mac with the OS installed


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bluebarracuda
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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In general if you know hardware, then look down the specs sheets for a macbook, they're a joke.


They aren't a joke. They boast high resolution (and high quality) displays, build quality, battery life, Intel i5/i7 processors, 8-16gb of ram, nvme storage, and GOAT track pad.

Plus if you know anything about laptops, thin and light machines run you a premium over other laptops


NotGrammarKnotsi
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bluebarracuda
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
Okay, lets compare spec to spec

Image: https://i.imgur.com/ofem7W0.png


Edit: The XPS 13 with similar specs as above can be had for $1070 after $100 off promo code. It's CPU is much better, but you sacrifice screen quality and resolution
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NotGrammarKnotsi
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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Okay, lets compare spec to spec



I just posted a shot from a non-biased website..My network won't allow me to access apples site as the engineers just jerk off over the machines they think they need all day..To be fair, most of them work off beast that are custom made and they do get to use Apple monitors


Pettifogger
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
FWIW, I use a regular 12 inch MacBook about 95% of the time professionally.

I think it would be a great college choice, especially as it's so easy to carry around.


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bluebarracuda
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
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I just posted a shot from a non-biased website


Well no shite a cheaper, lower spec'd laptop would cost $800

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My network won't allow me to access apples site as the engineers just jerk off over the machines they think they need all day..To be fair, most of them work off beast that are custom made and they do get to use Apple monitors


I haven't owned an Apple product in 8 years and hell, I'm sure my home PC is more powerful than most of those engineers PCs.

But thin and lights these days are run at a premium cost no matter which brand you're loyal to


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Swoopin
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
Mac's are much more stylish among college kids.

Understand that and decide from there.


DoubleDown
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
If he/she wants a mac and they're used to it and it integrates with their iphone (if they have one), I'd go with that. They're going to be more likely to do work on it and get shite done and that alone might be worth the 200-300$ more you might spend.


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lsu02150
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re: Seasonal thread about laptops for new college student-hoping for real advice
There isn’t any real technical argument for either. I started at LSU with a PC, switched to a MacBook Pro 1/2 way through. Saw no real difference in school of business.

Really comes down to preference. One thing to consider about her preference is if the majority of her friends have Mac, she will have that many more people to help troubleshoot (I’m talking small but annoying things like printing in the libraries, etc.). Over 50% of LSU student laptops now are Mac.


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