My laptop is dying a very slow and painful death, and unfortunately its stuff such as keys selectively working. The mouth button is broken and now the actual touch pad itself is going bad. That would be all fine and good if the usb ports weren't broken too...oh and the screen is going dark. :lol:
So anyway, I bought this computer 4 years ago and am not a real techno savvy person, so I have no idea what is out there now. Right now I am not sure on a price range since I will have to wait to get my taxes back...which I haven't even started on. :shock: I just want to know what brands are out there now, what is considered a good amount of "stuff" to have on the computer.
I am leaning towards an Apple because my school is slowly switching over to the apple system. I had thought at one time Apple had like a program of discounted computer for students, but I can't find it anywhere.
You can't go wrong with Apple as they make a quality product that is extremely intuitive and great for people who aren't exactly tech savvy, but on the other hand you'll end up paying significantly more for an Apple laptop as opposed to a Windows based laptop of comparable specs.
If you ever find yourself calling the manufacture for technical support, then you'll want to stick to the big names like Apple, Dell and IBM. A lot of the other companies like HP, Acer and Sony have an alright product but their technical support departments are much more aggravating to deal with than the three I listed above.
You mentioned that your laptop is falling apart so I would strongly suggest getting an extended warranty from whichever company you end up going with. Apple has the AppleCare plans and Dell has a whole bunch of options, including ones that cover damage from dropping the laptop or spilling liquids on it. A lot of people think extended warranties are a total rip off, but after having several Dell laptops replaced and/or repaired for free I would beg to differ. =)
Another thing worth noting is that if you do go with an Apple laptop, make sure all of the software you use is compatible. Not all applications for Windows have an Apple counterpart, so you might end up stuck without a program or two... although most of the big name software companies develop for both operating systems so you'll likely be fine.
Educational Discounts @ Apple:
Apple Education Store - Find Your School and Shop - Apple Store (U.S.)
I wouldn't recommand Apple at all, my boyfriends apple computers had to be fixed 7 times in the past year because of his Harddrive so I wouldnt recomand that at all.
I would recomand Dell they have pretty good well good computers with good hard drives alot of space or how ever much space you need. You also build your own so that way you can pick.
I wanted to get an Apple computer until i looked into how crappy they really are.
I bought a laptop last year that, after adjusting to Vista (which $ucks eggs) I actually love! It does everything and then some. It was $700, including installing the Vista software (you might as well have them do it, since you get charged either way) at Best Buy. They seem to have the best prices and adequate tech support. It's an HP.
An Apple will cost you a LOT, and isn't really any better, IMO. Also, lots of software, hardware, etc. isn't Apple compatible...you have to buy THEIR stuff.
Dell would be my recommendation too based on the customization options, the better warranty plans and of course the lower price. Apple is more or less aimed at students and image / video editing professionals where it's the defacto standard.
We have an Acer that was only $450 a couple of years ago. The technical support was not bad. The laptop has worked fine all this time.
I am posting this from my Apple as we speak all while having videos games running on my second laptop. You can never go wrong with Apple.
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