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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 19:18
twist is on sale at staples for 699...

so tempting
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2013, 01:06
Sort of piggybacking on prior posts, but not entirely -- has anyone "gone against" a school's suggested laptop? What were the results? In particular, has anyone stuck with a Macbook Pro in the face of PC recommendations? I'm strictly Mac and I'd really rather not purchase a PC if it's not absolutely essential...
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2013, 18:11
I'm absolutely a PC guy (i.e. never used a Mac besides making a fool of myself on my friends' Macs), but I'm considering getting a MacBook Air or something more portable. Not sure if it's the right move considering how much we would need to use MS Office though.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 15:57
I mean, you can totally use MS Office on a Mac... and the Air is amazing... Just sayin'... ;-)
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 15:58
If you're strictly PC, would also consider a tablet or an iPad with a separate bluetooth keyboard, btw...
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 19:45
In any event, I'm gonna be weird and post again... Does any one feel that they needed a PC to deal or keep up with ish???
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 19:56
I guess I'll have to try using Excel on my friend's Mac to really see the difference.

I'm considering not buying a Mac, and instead buying a Lenovo PC + a Google Nexus 10.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:00
I use Excel on a Mac now and don't see a difference... But if you wanna keep a totally compatible tablet, would totally recommend the Nexus! My dad uses it all the time and loves it...
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:13
EDIT: Double post.

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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:14
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I use Excel on a Mac now and don't see a difference... But if you wanna keep a totally compatible tablet, would totally recommend the Nexus! My dad uses it all the time and loves it...


You saying that you don't see a difference is making me quite optimistic! :)

And I'm deciding between the Nexus and the Kindle Fire HD right now.
Segway: should we start a 2012-2013 Tablet Discussion thread?
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:18
Perhaps! I'd participate in a tablet discussion thread, which may -- perhaps -- be different from a laptop thread!
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:19
But further, my sister is a b-school professor, actually and uses the kindle fire... which I think speaks well of it?
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 20:31
I would say that is a ringing endorsement for the Kindle Fire. I'll have to make a decision soon, haha.


Has anyone else bought or decided on a laptop/tablet for b-school? Would love to hear thoughts.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 16:34
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I would say that is a ringing endorsement for the Kindle Fire. I'll have to make a decision soon, haha.


Has anyone else bought or decided on a laptop/tablet for b-school? Would love to hear thoughts.


I'll probably purchase right before school starts but i'm probably going to get a mac and run parallels on it for MS Office.

I use a Mac at home and a Lenovo at work currently. Trying to do anything complex with formulas in Mac Excel is excruciatingly slow and often slows down the whole computer. I also really like all the new features in Office 13 on Windows.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 20:04
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I would say that is a ringing endorsement for the Kindle Fire. I'll have to make a decision soon, haha.


Has anyone else bought or decided on a laptop/tablet for b-school? Would love to hear thoughts.


I'll probably purchase right before school starts but i'm probably going to get a mac and run parallels on it for MS Office.

I use a Mac at home and a Lenovo at work currently. Trying to do anything complex with formulas in Mac Excel is excruciatingly slow and often slows down the whole computer. I also really like all the new features in Office 13 on Windows.


If I get a Mac I'd want to get one at least a month before school starts to get adjusted. By parallels, do you mean running Windows on a Mac and switching back and forth between Windows and iOS? (I don't really know Mac terms). Only thing I've heard of is Bootcamp.

I love Office 2010. I used to think one of Mac's biggest wins over Office was Keynote. It still is, but I think PowerPoint 2010 reduced that gap a fair bit. And Excel is needed at any b-school so that is my main consideration right now.

Are you planning to get/do you plan to use a tablet as well?
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 15:51
Parallels is a piece of software that allows you to run Windows as a window within Mac OSX. Alternately you can start the Mac completely up in Windows.

I'm personally not a fan of Keynote, but then as an ex-consultant I swear allegiance to Powerpoint. :P In terms of Excel the Windows version is far superior than the Mac version. The new Excel in Office 13 is awesome as well with some really cool new features. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xhwOEGjhxw (yes, i'm totally an excel geek).

I currently have use of an iPad, Surface (provided by work) and occasionally my mother's Galaxy tab. Out of all of these i'll probably take the iPad with me, but i'll probably only use it on trips. For some reason I don't find I use tablets that much. I'd much rather do quick things on my iPhone and take a mac around with me. That's just me though. If your looking at getting a tablet out of those three i'd pick the iPad, if your not an Apple fan then the Surface isn't bad once you get used to it.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 21:36
Laptop has become one of the basic need of almost every student of this level. I am a PC lover and never been to mac actually. Now I am going to replace my older laptop with the window 8 notebook+ tablet. I like such technology as this kind of technology has made the education quite easier and a lot fun.

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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 15:51
I started using a Mac for work last year. At home I have a PC with Windows, and have almost always used Windows OS. Usability for Mac is much better than Windows, but there is less clarity about how everything works. I guess that's the idea, though. Macs are superior for programmers, IMHO, but I guess in the ideal world we'd all be on Ubuntu :P. Excel in Mac is my only hang-up; many of the deficiencies have already been noted here. Thus I'm considering a Thinkpad or Macbook Air/Pro. Gotta have something with a keyboard with all the typing that you'll do in Bschool, and Excel is THAT important to make me consider a PC. I'll wait until I pick a school to buy, though, since they typically have some standard software packages and such that they like to install.

My SO is in school right now and she has an old Mac, but my SO's not a computer/technology person. It's enough to get you by.
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 16:35
Agreed. I think it makes sense to see where you end up, then purchase a computer (or not!) based on that particular school's requirements. I'm just a bit sad because I don't really want to have to "split" things across Mac / PC (I don't anticipate ever actually giving up my Mac, as my personal businesses rely upon its design / artistic capabilities, and I've synced every iPod / Phone / Pad I own (which is a lot) to it).
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Re: 2012-13 Laptop Discussion [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 16:47
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Parrotman wrote:
westsidah408 wrote:
I would say that is a ringing endorsement for the Kindle Fire. I'll have to make a decision soon, haha.


Has anyone else bought or decided on a laptop/tablet for b-school? Would love to hear thoughts.


I'll probably purchase right before school starts but i'm probably going to get a mac and run parallels on it for MS Office.

I use a Mac at home and a Lenovo at work currently. Trying to do anything complex with formulas in Mac Excel is excruciatingly slow and often slows down the whole computer. I also really like all the new features in Office 13 on Windows.


If I get a Mac I'd want to get one at least a month before school starts to get adjusted. By parallels, do you mean running Windows on a Mac and switching back and forth between Windows and iOS? (I don't really know Mac terms). Only thing I've heard of is Bootcamp.

I love Office 2010. I used to think one of Mac's biggest wins over Office was Keynote. It still is, but I think PowerPoint 2010 reduced that gap a fair bit. And Excel is needed at any b-school so that is my main consideration right now.

Are you planning to get/do you plan to use a tablet as well?


Parrotman wrote:
Parallels is a piece of software that allows you to run Windows as a window within Mac OSX. Alternately you can start the Mac completely up in Windows.
(..)


The alternative to Parallel is VMWare. Here's my experience.

What I find to be most useful is to seamlessly alternate between running Windows' Office 2010 in a window and running an internet browser under OSX. I also find convenient the fact that upon re-opening Windows, I retrieve the same content as I left at the moment I previously closed it. In other words, the spreadsheet I left opened is still there; the financial application that was opened goes back to its previous state. Compare this to a pc running Windows (only) where I must quit all applications prior to shutting down the pc. A third benefit I find most useful is the ease of making a backup of the whole of Windows to its precise state I left it when I closed VMWare: I copy a single (big) folder as a means to create a backup.

Perhaps you guessed right by inferring I keep Windows mostly off the internet, as I may use OSX for that while using Windows for specialized pc-specific applications.
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