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# Do I really need a laptop?

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04 May 2011, 14:01
I have a desktop and an ipad with Bluetooth keyboard and office programs, but it is not a laptop. I don’t want a laptop in class because I would get distracted and I learn better by writing so I have a pulse smartpen that records notes and sound. How necessary is it to have a laptop, does that much work need to be done outside of the classroom to necessitate a laptop?

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04 May 2011, 16:47
You do need a laptop in my opinion. I am pretty sure that an ipad isn't quite there when it comes to excel - though I guess if you have a good team they might let you hijack their laptop to do bits... but if that is what you are meant to do during a team meeting you would be in a weak spot.
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04 May 2011, 23:44
have you tried inputing lots of data into an ipad? its actually quite a pain. I am going to get a lightweight laptop only for MS Office and browsing when I go...
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05 May 2011, 00:26
I get that there is no substitute for a computer for MS Office type work. The real question is how much work really gets done while away from the homestead? What is the laptop mainly used for?

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05 May 2011, 14:51
What about a 11.5" notebook, can I use this or will I need to get a full size laptop? It has full memory, but it might be a pain to use excel on a small screen, any thoughts?
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05 May 2011, 15:38
tigerbeck wrote:
I get that there is no substitute for a computer for MS Office type work. The real question is how much work really gets done while away from the homestead? What is the laptop mainly used for?

Becky

I see the ipad as a device to consume data only, not input. Now with cloud computing prevalent, you can get a Laptop to run the basics, and with that you can update or work on any file anywhere, and when you are home, you can work from your desktop. I imagine you will have alot of group project work, library sessions, coffee shop sessions, etc. and having a laptop that syncs with all your work via the cloud will be priceless in terms of giving you flexibility and productive mobility. With that being said, I think a laptop is very functional. The ipad will make life 10x easier for reviewing 50 page slide decks or viewing lecture podcasts or reading an ecopy of your 500 page fin acc textbook (not to mention all the other crap it does)

You could get through school with just a laptop, you couldn't with just an ipad or just a desktop.

Thats the way I see it anyways...
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05 May 2011, 15:40
Michmax3 wrote:
What about a 11.5" notebook, can I use this or will I need to get a full size laptop? It has full memory, but it might be a pain to use excel on a small screen, any thoughts?

I had one of those so called netbooks back in the day and it was so crappy I had to return. Steve jobs was right in labeling those things as POS, because they really are. All I can say is dont do it. Buy a 14.1" at a minimum with decent battery life (2hrs +). You will be so frustrated working on a 11.5" screen. These are personal preferences though, if you think you can make it give it a go, but I found them to be underpowered and constricting.
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05 May 2011, 15:54
humphy wrote:
Michmax3 wrote:
What about a 11.5" notebook, can I use this or will I need to get a full size laptop? It has full memory, but it might be a pain to use excel on a small screen, any thoughts?

I had one of those so called netbooks back in the day and it was so crappy I had to return. Steve jobs was right in labeling those things as POS, because they really are. All I can say is dont do it. Buy a 14.1" at a minimum with decent battery life (2hrs +). You will be so frustrated working on a 11.5" screen. These are personal preferences though, if you think you can make it give it a go, but I found them to be underpowered and constricting.

I have one already that I use as my everyday computer, it's not a netbook because it has 250gb, more of a mini-laptop, although my everyday computer activity now consists of facebook, netflix, emailing and looking up random facts lol. Might need something a bit more for school. I guess I'll start with that and see how it goes, if I find myself needing something else I'll just buy it then.
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05 May 2011, 15:57
Michmax3 wrote:
humphy wrote:
Michmax3 wrote:
What about a 11.5" notebook, can I use this or will I need to get a full size laptop? It has full memory, but it might be a pain to use excel on a small screen, any thoughts?

I had one of those so called netbooks back in the day and it was so crappy I had to return. Steve jobs was right in labeling those things as POS, because they really are. All I can say is dont do it. Buy a 14.1" at a minimum with decent battery life (2hrs +). You will be so frustrated working on a 11.5" screen. These are personal preferences though, if you think you can make it give it a go, but I found them to be underpowered and constricting.

I have one already that I use as my everyday computer, it's not a netbook because it has 250gb, more of a mini-laptop, although my everyday computer activity now consists of facebook, netflix, emailing and looking up random facts lol. Might need something a bit more for school. I guess I'll start with that and see how it goes, if I find myself needing something else I'll just buy it then.

yea... computers are the biggest pieces of depreciating garbage there is. If you aren't going to use it literally everyday from the day you get it, it is such a waste.
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05 May 2011, 16:47
tigerbeck wrote:
I get that there is no substitute for a computer for MS Office type work. The real question is how much work really gets done while away from the homestead? What is the laptop mainly used for?

Becky

Enough for it to be annoying. Most meetings I was ever involved in were at school. That may depend a little on whether you are at a campus versus a city university (I believe Kellogg people did work at each others houses, probably after spending a good hour hugging as a team in one of the bedrooms).

Anyway - there are enough classes that center around excel that I would want a laptop. Hell, I got annoyed enough having a mac with their crazy shortcut mess - which still annoys me with the thing to this day when I do work on virtual PC and stuff. But, anyway, I digress - if I get annoyed with shortcuts and stuff and remember rooms of groups of us arsing around with excel for class - you really probably need one. I say that as someone who cut pretty much every corner possible on expense at school (bar spending money on a mac, though it is still the only machine in the house after 4 years and replaced a 5 year old monster).

That was a long way of saying yes and getting in a dig at Kellogg folk being all touchy-feely.
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05 May 2011, 17:59
3underscore wrote:
tigerbeck wrote:
I get that there is no substitute for a computer for MS Office type work. The real question is how much work really gets done while away from the homestead? What is the laptop mainly used for?

Becky

(I believe Kellogg people did work at each others houses, probably after spending a good hour hugging as a team in one of the bedrooms).

lol the way you wrote it it sounds more raunchy then touchy feely....
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03 Jun 2011, 13:08
You definitely need a laptop. For many classes, you'll be creating and editing spreadsheet models that would prove to be a nightmare on an iPad or netbook. If you have any intentions of going into finance, you'll definitely want to have a laptop so that you can learn the Excel shortcuts and hotkeys.

Even if you aren't going into a purely finance industry, you'll still want to have a laptop; making a powerpoint deck on an iPad isn't the same as doing it on a laptop. I'll disagree about the cutoff for an acceptable screen size; I think the 13" lightweight notebooks should be just as fine as the 14" ones, while at the same time being more portable. I do think the 10 and 11" ones are too small, especially when you have to view multiple columns in an Excel model.

Bottom line - repeat after me: the iPad is just a toy, the iPad is just a toy....
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05 Jun 2011, 06:30
3underscore wrote:
I believe Kellogg people did work at each others houses, probably after spending a good hour hugging as a team in one of the bedrooms.

Yes, we do a lot of "hugging" in bedrooms. NYU students would probably get to do more "hugging" too if their bedrooms weren't always being used for sit-ins to protest whatever cause you've decided is of vital importance that week. Or if they weren't such quantonerds that they can't even function as a human being and convince another person to go back to their bedroom for some "hugging". You can choose whichever stereotype you want to go with.

I do agree on the need for a laptop though. When we aren't singing kumbaya or doing finger painting, most of our time is spent in meetings where we're doing work in Excel, Powerpoint or Stata, none of which works particularly well on an iPad - in fact your iPad would probably explode if you even tried to load Stata on it.
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28 Feb 2016, 16:45
You'll probably need a laptop for work in group projects. Imagine working on a presentation together or an excel model.
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