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Old 08-17-2021, 08:59 AM   #1
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Daughter needs a new lap top, which one should we look at? She's a Junior in high school and would like to get her something that will last her thru college. She's not a gamer or anything just needs to be able to get on internet, download stuff, save, send and print documents. what's a good size for memory to look for etc?
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Old 08-17-2021, 09:03 AM   #2
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I have both. The Chromebook is very slow, the kids use it for school. If I lost my Mac today I would have another one before the day is out. It is a fantastic machine.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:08 AM   #3
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:11 AM   #4
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:18 AM   #5
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I've had a few chromebooks for work. They were usually lower end models and worked fine. My daughter has a Macbook, but usually uses my wife's Surface laptop when she needs to do school work.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:25 AM   #6
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I agree with the Microsoft Surface, great machine.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:30 AM   #7
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The MAC will last a long time. My MB Pro lasted 10 years.

I consider any other notebook to be disposable.


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Old 08-17-2021, 10:45 AM   #8
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The MAC will last a long time. My MB Pro lasted 10 years.

I consider any other notebook to be disposable.


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Old 08-17-2021, 10:48 AM   #9
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I'm a macbook fan but switched over to a Lenovo laptop. It's been great for the last 2.5 years.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:53 AM   #10
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Hands down go with a Macbook. A Macbook will last much longer than a Chromebook and a MacBook is by far the most popular computer on a college campus.
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:58 AM   #11
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The saying "you get what you pay for" is very true when it comes to computers.
The MAC will have longevity and is less prone to having issues with viruses.
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Old 08-17-2021, 11:20 AM   #12
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My Mac is 10+ years old and is better than any other family members windows or chrome book.
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Old 08-17-2021, 12:15 PM   #13
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Mac Pro or Mac Air.
There is a reason the others are so much cheaper.
Check pricing at B&H Photo.
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Old 08-17-2021, 12:44 PM   #14
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Another vote for MacBook...I have had Chromebook, SurfacePro and MacBook. Chromebook was not bad but of no comparison to the MacBook. Finally the Surface Pro was the biggest piece of junk I have ever used I had nothing but trouble out of them(3).
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Old 08-17-2021, 12:57 PM   #15
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While I do like the price tag of a chromebook when it comes to using it for college it will fall short of capabilities. She will need something that supports the entire Microsoft Suite for all her papers, spreadsheets and power points.
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:01 PM   #16
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Get her an HP, Dell or Lenovo windows laptop and it will take her through college. I have been in the PC business for over 20 years and this is what I would do for my kids.
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:05 PM   #17
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I have both. The Chromebook is very slow, the kids use it for school. If I lost my Mac today I would have another one before the day is out. It is a fantastic machine.
My wife has Chromebook and it is constant problems. I used to replace my Macbook every 5 years when the ram would fill up but the one I have now is going on year 7 and just fine because everything is cloud now(and has huge ram).
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:06 PM   #18
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Macbook all day. as said in previous posts, the chromebooks are disposable. We've gone through 2 of them in 3 years.
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:30 PM   #19
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Mac hands down

Oldest son has had his for going on 5 years. Never been down a single second.

Youngest son started college last year with a new Mac, never an issue
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:32 PM   #20
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I bought my only mac in 2012.

There may be better out there but I still use mine 40+ hours a week working and my windows based laptops never made it more than 3 years.
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:35 PM   #21
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I use a MAC BOOK Pro and it runs Windows 10 as well.

I have several - Information Technology is my profession and they are rock solid - well built and SSD drives do not fail.

I replace external power supplies periodically - one runs all of them - same voltage amp between my setups.
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:55 PM   #22
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Our Mac is 6 years old. Runs just like the day we brought it home. I bet we have one in the house forever.

For work purposes, I definitely prefer Windows. That said, I go through a very high end Lenovo every 18 months or so.

Mac all the way!
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:30 PM   #23
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MacBook Pro here as well. Just had to replace my wife’s MacBook Pro that was purchased back in 2010. Mine was purchased in 2011 and still going. Obviously not as fast as day one, battery doesn’t last as long as it did but still a very good laptop and I’ve never had a single problem with it
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:36 PM   #24
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I use a MacBook Pro that has Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Won't go back to a windows based system ever.
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:45 PM   #25
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Mac. Only reason to go with something else would be gaming.
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:48 PM   #26
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Beyond just the device itself, consider the ecosystem. Does your daughter have an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad? What got me to leave Windows many years ago was the Apple ecosystem. Now, you couldn't pay me to use a Windows device. My three oldest kids all have my hand me down MBP's 2011, 2013 and 2015 models and they are still trucking along. I bought a new MBP in 2019 and no issues. I've got a 2013 Mac Pro and it still runs great.

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Old 08-17-2021, 04:23 PM   #27
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I have a Lenovo laptop for work and have had a Surface Pro 4 for a number of years and it has served me well. I got the Surface Pro mainly because it was so light to carry around when I was traveling a lot. I also have an Android phone.

That being said, I watch my wife, who is an educator an Apple user and she has an Apple desktop here at the house, a MacBook Pro for her masters program she is currently in and a MacBook at school. She uses an iPhone and Apple watch. I say that only to get across that everything she has is connected and syncs seamlessly.

I have never been in the Apple camp myself but if I was starting fresh, Apple would be the way I would go. Especially a college student because I still think Apple is geared more towards the education vertical with all the software. Also, you can run the MS Windows applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. on them just fine. I know my wife does.

As many said above, buy once, cry once with Apple and their ecosystem.

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Old 08-17-2021, 04:59 PM   #28
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Chromebooks exist mostly to facilitate internet access. If that's all she needs, great; got for it. If not, she'll be severely hampered. Unless she must have a Windows machine, get her a M1 based MacBook Air. That's what I just bought my daughter for her junior year of high school.

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Old 08-17-2021, 05:04 PM   #29
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Also she can get a student discount on a MAC through the Apple education system assuming she’s already enrolled in college.


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Old 08-17-2021, 05:05 PM   #30
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I just got a chromebook and I'm not a fan....
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Old 08-17-2021, 05:18 PM   #31
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I believe you are getting a lot of good advice to get her a MacBook. I had about 10 PC's we used in my business of all different brands, but mostly Dell, and HP. I ended up buying a MacBook Pro in 2008 and quickly replaced every PC we owned. They just work and last forever. The one I bought in 2008 is still working fine as of now.
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Old 08-17-2021, 05:35 PM   #32
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We got my son a mid grade Chromebook and it is quite a bit faster than some more expensive laptops because it isn’t hampered by Windows. I’ve been pleased with it for spending $450. It’s a 15” Lenovo. It is more than plenty for school and internet, especially since high school is done completely online these days
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Old 08-17-2021, 05:57 PM   #33
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As others have mentioned, my MacBook Pro has been running for 8 years without a single issue, besides the battery, which I just had replaced locally.
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Old 08-17-2021, 06:17 PM   #34
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The MAC will last a long time. My MB Pro lasted 10 years.

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X2, this.

A MacBook might seem expensive, but it is “long run” worth it.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:28 AM   #35
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See what software the school is using. My beat its gonna be more Windows based. If that is the case than don't get a MAC. Yes, you can buy similar software that can work but the issue comes with securing which MAC's are crazy hard to work around. If you do go Apple ask the school to confirm its connectivity and usability.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:36 AM   #36
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My vote is Mac. I have a 2016 Pro that I use daily, I put a UAG case on it when I bought it and it has been near bulletproof. I’m very hard on computers and it has held up flawlessly being toted everywhere I go and definitely not pampered. Only issue I had was recently had to replace the battery, was $200 but no battery lasts forever.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:36 AM   #37
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Between the two I'd get a MAC.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:47 AM   #38
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See what software the school is using. My beat its gonna be more Windows based. If that is the case than don't get a MAC. Yes, you can buy similar software that can work but the issue comes with securing which MAC's are crazy hard to work around. If you do go Apple ask the school to confirm its connectivity and usability.
Unless it is a specific program for a major you can use the exact same programs on Mac. I run Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and they operate nearly identical.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:30 PM   #39
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I am a Mac fan, have a mini Hd model and a Mac Book Pro. Both are over 10 years old. Until last week they worked flawlessly. Started having problems with my desk model. Took it to Geek squad and was told that Apple no longer sends security updates for units that old and that without those updates my unit might run fine for a while but eventually will start acting up. I’m having trouble getting my units to recognize my printers. Sometimes it will print and sometimes I get the message “cannot locate printer”. Called Cannon Printer Co. and they told me pretty much the same thing about my computer not getting updated. Both units are having problems printing now. I guess that after 11 years of flawless performance I shouldn’t complain. Just have to bite the bullet and buy another Mac. Cannon said my problem was not a printer problem but a computer problem. It won’t recognize the printer drivers.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:58 PM   #40
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If it’s in the budget then go Mac, my Map book pro is going on 10years old and still works just fine. If I had to replace it today I’d be going back with the Mac for sure.


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Mac for sure and I believe Apple might have some sort of a back to school specials going on.
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