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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 18:00
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I'm of the opinion that if I'm already taking out 100-150k of debt for my MBA, I might as well treat myself to a nice MacBook laptop.

Just my 2 cents


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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 18:32
Current Kellogg student here.

If you're in finance, you need to get a windows laptop.

If you aren't, you need to have some type of windows on your mac(dual boot). Its not the fact that office works well on a mac or not, we have a lot of third party excel addons (off the top of my head i've used palisade suite and factset) for classes that do not work.

I have a lot of professors that use macs, however they all have dual boot or VM options just because of this.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 06:17
+1 to all saying Windows is required. If you are a Excel power users, you will be extremely frustrated at the poor support of shortcut keys in the Mac version of Office.

Just a tip on dual booting and VM.. you can use virtualbox for free to run a virtual environment, might be a better option than boot camp if you are only gonna use Office in Windows.

I used it on both Linux and Mac and it works great.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 11:55
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PC ultrabooks and Windows7 have really come a long way, making user experience as pleasant as using a mac. The new ultrabooks coming out this summer will catch up in terms of battery life, power use, portability.

If you're buying a mac, you're paying for the customer service and fit/finish/built of a mac. Which is outstanding compared to PC IMO.




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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 12:13
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PC ultrabooks and Windows7 have really come a long way, making user experience as pleasant as using a mac. The new ultrabooks coming out this summer will catch up in terms of battery life, power use, portability.

If you're buying a mac, you're paying for the customer service and fit/finish/built of a mac. Which is outstanding compared to PC IMO.




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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 13:12
In a similar vein - what websites / methods are you guys going to use to get a cheap laptop? Stack coupons? Amazon.com? Newegg? Costco?

I don't want to spend a penny more on a PC than I have to because I'm solely using it for school. My regular computer is going to be an Apple.

I want to get a reliable PC with the minimum recommended specifications. How are you guys going to do it?
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 22:23
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I don't like the feel of Windows, so I'll be using a Macbook Air.

As for spreadsheet/Excel...Office for Mac is sufficient for my current, albeit somewhat limited, needs. But if a course requires Windows-only software, I'll just setup a dual boot.



A little curious here. I myself love the MBA and would love to buy it for my MBA (couldn't resist! lol!) but the Air doesn't have a CD drive. That worries me. I know for a fact that sometimes you are required to run a software off a CD (could be anything - minitab, spss, some other training, anything). How are you going to work around that.

Also, doesn't the Air heat up a little more than regular laptops?

Feels like I'll be sacrificing functionality for form. Not a good deal for me.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 23:32
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I don't like the feel of Windows, so I'll be using a Macbook Air.

As for spreadsheet/Excel...Office for Mac is sufficient for my current, albeit somewhat limited, needs. But if a course requires Windows-only software, I'll just setup a dual boot.



A little curious here. I myself love the MBA and would love to buy it for my MBA (couldn't resist! lol!) but the Air doesn't have a CD drive. That worries me. I know for a fact that sometimes you are required to run a software off a CD (could be anything - minitab, spss, some other training, anything). How are you going to work around that.

Also, doesn't the Air heat up a little more than regular laptops?

Feels like I'll be sacrificing functionality for form. Not a good deal for me.


I have the MBA - it's awesome. Doesn't heat more than a usual laptop. It's very fast!

And for the CD there is a simple option of using the SuperDrive:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC684ZM/A

You can even run CDs/DVDs that are mounted in other Macs (iMac, Macbook Pro etc.) - via Wifi

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1777?viewlocale=en_US
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 20:26
I've always been a Lenovo fan. I picked up a Lenovo X1 for this fall.

-i7 Processor - Full voltage (Make sure you check for that on the thin portable ones)
-165GB SSD
-13.3 Screen
-Gorilla Glass Display
-HD Webcam
-Back lit Keyboard
-Ultra thin
-Full Roll Cage design (Look on YouTube for videos of people dropping this thing)
-Optimized microphones for web and video conferencing (Works REALLY well)
-Sealed design for those long nights when you end up spilling coffee on it.

Check it out:
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/lapto ... series/x1/

Expect to Spend: $1,200-$1,400

Obviously I'm a Lenovo fan, if you're even considering one you owe it to yourself to check this one out. I love it! Another thing is this laptop is just small enough to easily use on a plane, but not so small that you cannot make out what's on the screen. I'm looking forward to using the heck out of it this fall.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 15:33
Im doing the Lenovo X1 as well. With the student pricing, you can do a SSD and the whole shot is around $1,300 with MsftOffice installed. This computer is amazing. Powerful, thin, long battery life with SSD, durable, charges wicked fast and boot time is equally fast. It's the whole package if you're willing to spend the money.

Best computer available outside of Mac. I have heard that unless you are computer savvy, the Mac is discernibly different than PCs. Since Ctrl+Alt+Del is still my go-to solution to any and all problems, I prefer to be on the same page as professors instruction without having to rely on what little tech savvy I have.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 07:21
They just converted the X1 into an Ultrabook category 14 incher...Definitely going to check it out..
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 23:33
Question: we all know steve jobs went a little overboard on the design, but would it kill lenovo to pay a little attention to design?? their computers are just... so ugly.

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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 05:49
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Question: we all know steve jobs went a little overboard on the design, but would it kill lenovo to pay a little attention to design?? their computers are just... so ugly.

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Lenovo actually touts their aesthetics as a positive. Some rather enjoy the sleek, utilitarian looks of the Lenovo Thinkpad Series. I am indifferent towards it.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 17:32
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mpg2011 wrote:
Question: we all know steve jobs went a little overboard on the design, but would it kill lenovo to pay a little attention to design?? their computers are just... so ugly.

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Lenovo actually touts their aesthetics as a positive. Some rather enjoy the sleek, utilitarian looks of the Lenovo Thinkpad Series. I am indifferent towards it.


I actually like the way the lenovo looks...
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 07:32
this is a great post thanks
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 12:33
All,
Is this an option - forgo the laptop completely. Instead buy any tablet and use Google documents for all your office needs.
I dont know how well Google's spreadsheet compares to Excel.

Is this option viable ? It will be more convenient to carry a tablet than a laptop, and other than finance heavy courses, it appears that Excel is not critical.

Another question - do business schools allow students to record lectures ? Audio ? Video ?
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 12:47
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Just to give anyone the heads up that is interested in a Lenovo, http://www.corporateperks.com is running one of the best Lenovo deals I've ever seen. It's like 20-30% off most laptops and accessories (even the newest docking stations, monitors, bags, etc..). I just picked up an x230, 128 SSD, I5 2.6 Ivy Bridge, 4GM RAM, Full Docking Station, 3 year on-site warranty, Webcam, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, 36 month version of Norton Internet Security 2012, 6 cell battery, IPS screen, full docking station (was $219, with deal was $149!), and many little accessories for $1,300. Saved almost $500 with the discount, and this was on top of the already "discounted" (The're ALWAYS running "discounts") price. Deal runs through June 12. Wasn't planning on buying my computer for another month or so, but this deal was way too good to pass up.

Note: Requires that you create an account... once you do, click on the lenovo deal under electronics (its the #1 used deal on the whole site right now) and click "Shop Now". It will redirect you to the Lenovo website except everything will be like 25% off. It's incredible.

Also, I have no affiliation with corporate perks and neither does GMAT Club. Just trying to hook up my fellow Clubbers :)


I'm not sure if anybody's looked at this, but you should. If you are thinking about buying a Lenovo, jump on this deal. I just bought one (I was going to get an X230t anyway) and it saved me $475.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 19:00
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Just to give anyone the heads up that is interested in a Lenovo, http://www.corporateperks.com is running one of the best Lenovo deals I've ever seen. It's like 20-30% off most laptops and accessories (even the newest docking stations, monitors, bags, etc..). I just picked up an x230, 128 SSD, I5 2.6 Ivy Bridge, 4GM RAM, Full Docking Station, 3 year on-site warranty, Webcam, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, 36 month version of Norton Internet Security 2012, 6 cell battery, IPS screen, full docking station (was $219, with deal was $149!), and many little accessories for $1,300. Saved almost $500 with the discount, and this was on top of the already "discounted" (The're ALWAYS running "discounts") price. Deal runs through June 12. Wasn't planning on buying my computer for another month or so, but this deal was way too good to pass up.

Note: Requires that you create an account... once you do, click on the lenovo deal under electronics (its the #1 used deal on the whole site right now) and click "Shop Now". It will redirect you to the Lenovo website except everything will be like 25% off. It's incredible.

Also, I have no affiliation with corporate perks and neither does GMAT Club. Just trying to hook up my fellow Clubbers :)


I'm not sure if anybody's looked at this, but you should. If you are thinking about buying a Lenovo, jump on this deal. I just bought one (I was going to get an X230t anyway) and it saved me $475.


Pretty awesome right? Never seen anything quite like it... Even corporate perks.com mentions it's only for older models, but then once you're on the website it's like for everything! I feel like it's their employee pricing


I'm pretty happy about it. I was in the same situation as you. I was going to get the X230t before school started anyway, but I was putting it off until a little closer to my July 30 start date, hoping that Lenovo would put it on sale. Then this deal pops-up, and I had to buy my laptop now. It is a pretty incredible deal. I was fully expecting to pay $1500+ pretax for my laptop, and I ended up paying $1225 pretax. It's nice that it's not just on pre-packaged computers either. I specced mine out so that it's just how I want it and still got a 28% discount. That's better than my company's employee pricing (on HPs). We only end up with 15%-20% off. Thanks for the heads up on this one. You saved me $475.
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 20:44
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Re: Best Brand of Laptop for MBA [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 22:10
This is terrible. Corporateperks.com requires a 5-digit pincode/ zipcode during sign-up. So, I can't access the deals from India. Does anybody know any workaround?
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