Which laptop would be better for school?

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Jul 20, 2009
  1. Feels Good Man
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    Laptop A (Around $1400)
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    Laptop B (Around $1550)
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    Laptop B will cost 150$ more than Laptop B. I am mostly going to be using this for school and the occasional game or two so I might not need that of a powerful system. It would be nice if it was a powerful system though because when I play games I might want to play something demanding. I think I can put more RAM in Laptop B but not in A.

    So? Also if you have a better, cheaper laptop you know of that can be shipped to Canada, can you link it?

    Thanks : )
     
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    Why wil you get windows vista 64bit if u only have 4gb of ram?.....
    I would go for laptop B because you can add ram and then you can use the laptop longer.... and you simply can download word 2007 somewhere
    that's not the problem I think....

    Good luck with this one
     
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    I would also choose laptop B. But processing speed is slower(?). The video card is 512MB though. 4GB of ram seems plenty though, but Vista is a resource hog and I don't use it so i dont know. But Windows 7 upgrade is free I think, its available on November (i think).

    MS Works is BS, its a crap save file format that most school computers don't support. You could always obtain a cracked MS word. Or you could try OpenOffice, a free alternative that support many save file type.

    Its like 2:00 here and i am really tired/sore so im not exactly sure what im talking about.

    Edit:vvv I like Macs, but Macs aren't really for gaming, its more of a media editing. Windows can run off of it though, not sure how well. Apple products seems very cool/sleek and very expensive at times, and have good support, but I find that the parts they use are crap. They heat up like crazy, i hear a lot of problems with power cords and the connectors and stuff. I really like Macs though, just pointing out some cons. I never looked into the student discount so i dont know if it apply to Canada either.
     
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    I'm a PC guy, but for that price, you might want to think about getting a 13' Macbook Pro. It starts at $1100, but you can get a $100 student discount. If you go to an Apple Store, they should also be doing a deal where they throw in a "free" printer and iPod Touch. It's "free" once you do the mail-in rebate. The initial cost of the total package is somewhere around $1700, but like I said you get some money back. The total cost afterward with the mail-in rebate including Apple Care is around $1300.

    Out of those two, I'd pick the second one. If you get it now, you should also qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 7. There's nothing wrong with Vista though.

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    Just realize you're in Canada...not sure if the Apple thing applies, I think it should though.
     
  5. UltraMagnus

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    I would second the suggestion on a mac, but think about a 15 inch macbook pro which is not much more expensive than what you are looking at, has pretty decent graphics, and is slim and light for carrying around school.
     
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    Eh... im not really into macs so I most likely wont get one.

    I found this other laptop

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16834220521

    I would get this one but im afraid that the battery wont last that long and im not exactly that sure where to get a 9 cell battery for it. Also im not sure if it can the free upgrade to Windows 7.

    Hmmm... your thoughts?
     
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    Mac OS X is really really good and way better than Windows. Also a MBP 15" just weights about 2,5 kg and has a battery life of up to 7 hours
     
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    and they can run windows, worst case scenario. you don't loose any games that way, and the mbp is a great gaming laptop for its size

    no idea how anyone can get 7 hours battery life though...
     
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    The battery is like a 9 cell or something I think and unlike the old Macbook's, you can replace the battery.
     
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    it's a quite big one non-userreplaceable battery (you can replace it with some knowledge, but not on-the-go) and a really good battery management in OS X...not like that rubbish one in windows...(under windows you get less battery life out of those books...not 7 hours under light usage, but still about 5 hours)
     

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