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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 14:45
tohin wrote:
Hi,

If I buy a macbook air and use bootcamp for windows, what version of windows should I buy?
Could I go for an OEM version? In short, how much extra will I need to spend to get windows 7 to run on my Macbook?

On a totally different note, has anyone tried Dell's Vostro V130? Seems great and excellent value (although battery life seems to be very short, but won't we be carrying our power adapters all day long anyway?).

Thanks

Vincent

Hi Vincent, I have also looked the Dell Vostro v130 and seems a great laptop!
Nice performance
I have the previous version (1320) and it is robust and fast
I am considering to upgrade to the new model
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 18:54
Hey everyone,

For the mac-book lovers, did you decide on whether you'll stick with mac or PC for your b school laptops? I also have a mac currently and would love to stick with it. Anyone have opinions on the new Office for Mac? I hear the product has improved and comparable to the PC version. What do you think?
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 06:10
The new office for Mac is definitely better than the last version (especially the support for VBA and macros), but you'll probably still need to run a Windows VM with Excel for PCs since not all the add-ins that you'll use for class (eg. @Risk, MeXL) work even with the newest Mac Excel. That said, plenty of my classmates use Macs (and I switched over when my PC laptop died) and have had no problems either with using it for classwork or using the network and shared drives at school. So if you're a Mac person, there's no need to get a PC for school.

As for which version of Windows to run on the VM, I'd check with your school's IT dept. They will be best able to tell you which version works with their infrastructure and may have student deals that are much cheaper than retail.
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 06:32
Thanks for your replies.
Can a macbook air hold a full day on battery? Or do you still need to carry a power adapter with you ?
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 09:15
Jerz wrote:
The new office for Mac is definitely better than the last version (especially the support for VBA and macros), but you'll probably still need to run a Windows VM with Excel for PCs since not all the add-ins that you'll use for class (eg. @Risk, MeXL) work even with the newest Mac Excel. That said, plenty of my classmates use Macs (and I switched over when my PC laptop died) and have had no problems either with using it for classwork or using the network and shared drives at school. So if you're a Mac person, there's no need to get a PC for school.

As for which version of Windows to run on the VM, I'd check with your school's IT dept. They will be best able to tell you which version works with their infrastructure and may have student deals that are much cheaper than retail.


Fabulous! This was so helpful! I am still a year away from b school but thought I'd plan in advance. :)
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 08:54
tohin wrote:
Thanks for your replies.
Can a macbook air hold a full day on battery? Or do you still need to carry a power adapter with you ?


I don't know about the Air, but I have a Macbook Pro and the battery usually lasts me about 5-6 hrs depending on what I'm using. I usually carry the adapter with me since it's not that heavy and I'd rather not risk running out of battery.
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 15:39
Thanks Jerz.
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 04:15
Guys and Girls, have a look at the new Lenovo X1:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/Lapt ... index.html

Not as thin as the Macbook Air but still very light and with a long battery...
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 08:09
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Guys and Girls, have a look at the new Lenovo X1:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/Lapt ... index.html

Not as thin as the Macbook Air but still very light and with a long battery...

Niceee!!
Really good notebook!!
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 16:29
Any updates?
two great deals that I find out:
http://www.officemax.com/catalog/sku.js ... D=k111512#

Dell:
http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_3_0

I can't decide yet, but so far this two seems like a nice trade between price and performance
I'm also waiting for some back to schools deals, but the time to make a decision is coming!
Have you decided?
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 05:26
malbec wrote:
Any updates?
two great deals that I find out:
http://www.officemax.com/catalog/sku.js ... D=k111512#

Dell:
http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_3_0

I can't decide yet, but so far this two seems like a nice trade between price and performance
I'm also waiting for some back to schools deals, but the time to make a decision is coming!
Have you decided?


I went with a Dell Vostro 3350. It was about 800 after all of the discounts and upgrades.

- i5 2.3 Ghz
- 4GB ram
- ATI discrete graphics
- Win 7 Pro
- 13.3 inch screen
- 7-9 hour battery
- 4.8 lbs
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 23:41
Guys one quick question,
I have a Sony VAIO laptop with 13" screen, 4GB Ram and 500GB HDD. But currently i am running Linux(Ubuntu) on it.
Just wanted to know if its still okay to use Ubuntu while in BSchool?
Do we need to install any specific tools or software's as a part of BSchool acads ? or only Office is sufficient?
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 08:14
depending on the school
in CBS you will need to run windows for some applications, but the school give it to you
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 11:18
malbec wrote:
depending on the school
in CBS you will need to run windows for some applications, but the school give it to you


Out of curiosity, what type of programs would I need to run on Windows?

I've been using a Mac for the past 4 years and consequently get very frustrated when I have to touch a PC. If it's standard software, such as Office, the Office for Mac would surely suffice...
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 15:12
specific add-ins for execel for example and others programs for finance course (if you are interested in finance advance classes)
if you have a mac is fine in cbs, almost 40% de class has one
however, the it group is going to install you windows 7 and boot camp
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 19:48
Thanks malbec :)
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 05:50
Anybody tried using work laptop at school also ? I have a pretty sweet notebook from work, Lenovo X220, very light, I'm really tempted to use it for b-school, but I kinda like the idea of having a separate laptop for school/personal life
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Re: 2011 Laptop discussion [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2012, 19:04
I want to buy a Macbook. any advice?
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