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        11-14-2013, 09:25 PM
    Choosing a notebook for studying?

    Starting February 10th 2014 I will be going back to the vet nursing course that I started this year and pulled out of due to my health.

    I am a technology freak, I prefer to be able to type out my notes and just draw the diagrams on paper rather than write all my notes out on paper, mainly because I can type a whole lot faster than I can write and therefore can make more notes in a given lecture. Everything I have is always backed up on both my external hard drive and my study work goes everywhere with me on my 16gb memory card on my car keys.

    I do have my own laptop, it is an HP g6, 15.6" this one: HP Pavilion g6 Laptop specs

    It is brilliant and I can do everything on it (except play video games but I don't really play them anyway) but the only downsides for taking it in and out of course every day is the size and battery, website says almost 4 hours... I beg to differ, I get maybe an hour or two if i'm lucky.

    So i'm looking at getting a smaller notebook type laptop, but i'm not sure what to get. I have had a bit of a look at the smaller Dells, and the smaller Sony Vaio ones, but I don't know... I've only ever used Toshiba and HP.
    The key points for my decision making is battery and size, my course goes from 9-3 each day so it does need to last a while, though I can plug it in if need be, and can charge it during lunch time etc.

    All I need to be able to do with it is connect to the internet, use USB connections, and make notes in something like microsoft word/publisher etc.
    I'm not worried about having a cd slot or anything like that, no fancy stuff, I won't have my music or videos on it, I just need something that's a little more portable along with all my other gear.
    2.5kg for a laptop doesn't sound like much, but when you add in the bag and the charger etc and the other stuff I have to carry around it adds up and gets a bit heavy for my liking with a bad back, so I would only take my laptop when I needed to.

    It is definitely a want thing not a need thing, but if anyone can recommend a decent small laptop that I can have a look at that would be greatly appreciated, I would love to have an iPad with a keyboard case but the cheaper route is going to be to get a small laptop, maybe 10-12"? It doesn't need to be very big.

    -PS, has anybody picked up on my OCD to be organised with my study?
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        11-14-2013, 09:28 PM
    I use MacBooks for my school work. They are fantastic, fast, and secure. I never have to worry about losing anything...
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        11-14-2013, 09:35 PM
    I love the macbooks as well (love apple in general after getting my iphone 5), but my only issue with that is transferring things from the course computers and my own laptop, I need to be able to swap and change from one thing to another, will things on the macs open on microsoft software and vice versa?
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        11-15-2013, 05:04 AM
    I don't know about the mac thing, but I can tell you we've had a FANTASTIC Asus EEE PC, battery lasted about three hours at the time (but this was about 4 years ago that we bought it) and was little, compact, easy to carry around. Ran word processing and internet fine, struggled with video and there was no way any video games were going to be played, but you probably don't need them for studying and taking notes. In fact, Dad originally bought it so that he could do his work while out of the house.

    These days, the battery has several more hours (the website says so, anyway).

    I cannot recommend this laptop more :) It currently can't be used because it no longer turns on (cannot keep charge) but has lasted us 4+ years, which by technology's standards is a pretty long time!

    ETA here's a product list of all the EEE PCs:

    And their website: (select NZ and it gives you all their products available there)
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        11-15-2013, 09:09 AM
    Those surface tablet/laptops look pretty nice.
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        11-15-2013, 09:15 AM
    Years ago, we spent some time traveling in the Middle East and wanted to bring a laptop for its capabilities but wanted to avoid its weight... We went with a Netbook (with an extended battery) and my hubby still uses it as well as his iPad2.

    Today, if you get a tablet-type unit, just make sure you can find a Bluetooth keypad that works with it and feels good for you. Also, consider if you need a camera on the tablet for video chatting.
        11-15-2013, 11:12 AM
    You can purchase Microsoft for Macbooks~ /I'm not even sure if that was the question xD
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        11-15-2013, 05:29 PM
    Thanks everyone, I'm definitely going to have fun choosing one out when I do go to get one.. I found a touchscreen 11.6" laptop yesterday and I liked that quite a bit, purely because then I can also draw my diagrams in to it easier and that eliminates the need for paper almost completely haha.

    Zexious, I didn't know you could get microsoft for macbooks, that's pretty cool
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        11-15-2013, 05:33 PM
    I have a touchscreen laptop myself and I don't know what you're going to use but your diagrams are going to be pretty messy if you're going to use a finger to draw - anything you want to write yourself is going to be hard to read. I would get a stylus or something (if they exist, I'm sure they do though) so that you can draw neatly :) I find it's easier to grab diagrams from the internet rather than draw them.

    Just a heads-up :)
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        11-15-2013, 07:21 PM
    Yip, styluses definitely exist we have them all over the place and a couple for the ipads and whatnot, so if I can draw on a laptop as well as I can on the ipad I'll be right, they're never complicated diagrams or intricate anatomy drawings or anything... There's a lot of technology in this household lol I think we have like 6 laptops, 2 iPads, everyone has an iphone so that's 4 iphones, my sister has an ipod (she's 9!).
    Think we may have an excess of technology in this house haha!

    And thanks for the heads up
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