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I'll be going to college next year and I just wanted to get some opinions on a good laptop and such. I'm thinking of getting a Macbook Pro 15" over the summer. My second choice right now is buying a dell. Looking to spend around $1500. Any suggestions?

Also, Mac has the option of getting the following hardrives: 250 GB @ 5400 rpm, 200 GB @ 5400 rpm, and 200 GB @ 7200 rpm. If the disc spins faster is that really any better?
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For $1500, the Macbook Pro is your best bet.

About the harddrive, a faster disk will be faster in accessing data.
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well do you want to use OSX or Vista/XP or linux? i have always recommended dell machines, they are reliable and have great warranty (full coverage)
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Well, I have Vista on the desktop I'm using right now. In my opinion it's nothing special. More or less just seems like windows xp with some added visual effects and a few more glitches (guessing because it's relatively new...i have nothing against windows..i've been using it basically my whole life). I just want something fast and reliable with good communication features.
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GET A DELL 9300 OFF EBAY!! those are fast reilable and my opion since i own one one of the best. u can get one with 7800gtx in it for 750 out the door. works get. and ur still have some money left over for other things.
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Well, I have Vista on the desktop I'm using right now. In my opinion it's nothing special. More or less just seems like windows xp with some added visual effects and a few more glitches (guessing because it's relatively new...i have nothing against windows..i've been using it basically my whole life). I just want something fast and reliable with good communication features.
Yeah, grab a MBP and dual-boot OS X and Windows XP.
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I'll be going to college next year and I just wanted to get some opinions on a good laptop and such. I'm thinking of getting a Macbook Pro 15" over the summer. My second choice right now is buying a dell. Looking to spend around $1500. Any suggestions?

Also, Mac has the option of getting the following hardrives: 250 GB @ 5400 rpm, 200 GB @ 5400 rpm, and 200 GB @ 7200 rpm. If the disc spins faster is that really any better?
I wouldn't mind suggesting a MBP, but the case is due for a redesign. When? I'm not sure but I'm speculating when Nehalem comes out. The MBP's case has been around before Apple started using the Intel processors.

Can you give us some more details on what you features you want for your laptop? It will be easier for us to find a laptop that matches your needs.

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GET A DELL 9300 OFF EBAY!! those are fast reilable and my opion since i own one one of the best. u can get one with 7800gtx in it for 750 out the door. works get. and ur still have some money left over for other things.
You can purchase a dual core notebook for almost the same price by using Dell's discount coupons.
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If you have a desktop, I'm assuming the laptop won't be for gaming. A decent C2D processor and a reliable brand should mostly be what you look for (Apple, Toshiba, and some higher end Dells are typical).

What will it be used for? If it's going to be used on the go, I would recommend something with around a 12-13" screen, especially if you will be using it in classes. 15" or larger gets to be a pain to lug around, and will hardly fit on many lecture hall desks. If you are goign to use it to take notes, I would highly recommend a tablet PC. I have a Toshiba Portege M400, and the digitizing tablet is great for note taking in math and engineering classes when you will be writing a lot of formulas. Plus, occasionally professors will not be fond of students using regular laptops in class due to the chance for distraction. Toshiba's Portege series has quite a few very nice tablets you can check out.
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You make a really good point rcf22. Idk about the toshiba though...i'm not sure 1 gig of ram is enough to run windows vista. But you did get me thinking about the possible need for a smaller laptop. I've been consistantly hearing about Mac's reliability, hence why i've been looking at them the most. I'm thinking maybe just a macbook instead of the pro now...would 15" really be pushing it?
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