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NVM, runs windows xp...im looking more into it.
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Laptop RAM, while slightly more expensive than a desktop's, is still fairly cheap (between $100 and $150 for an extra 2gb). Don't worry about RAM when ordering, just get your own off of newegg and throw it in.

15" is on the large side for in the classroom use, but would still be functional. And I'm running Vista on my Toshiba with 1.5GB of ram just fine.
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What course will you be doing? Chances are that the college you are going to will run windows machines and you will need windows to run the software you might be using.

If you go for the Macbook, pick up a copy of Parrallels Desktop. I've helped my friend set it up before and it was very easy to get to grips with and seems fairly reliable and stable. Only gripe is that you will find you need about 2GB of RAM to get MacOSX and Parallels running smoothyl simulateously, so pick yourself up a 2GB kit of SODIMMs from newegg.
    
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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?
H/D RPM is good, faster access and saving of data if I'm not mistaken but it's good I know that much. Mac book's are awesome for school but you may run into problem with transferring files to other systems... Not sure.

Dell is decent but nothing on Mac.

Just don't go Acer and you be set up well.

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Wait until after the san francisco conference, that is in the second week of june. Mac books and macbook pro;s are really in need of an upgrade, and it's my guess that that conference will turn out well. I'm in the same boat as you, college next year and in need of a lappy. And where will you be getting a mbp for 1500$, they start at 2,000...
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What course will you be doing? Chances are that the college you are going to will run windows machines and you will need windows to run the software you might be using.

If you go for the Macbook, pick up a copy of Parrallels Desktop. I've helped my friend set it up before and it was very easy to get to grips with and seems fairly reliable and stable. Only gripe is that you will find you need about 2GB of RAM to get MacOSX and Parallels running smoothyl simulateously, so pick yourself up a 2GB kit of SODIMMs from newegg.
He can just use Bootcamp, parallels is good if you need to use both OS's at the same time.
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H/D RPM is good, faster access and saving of data if I'm not mistaken but it's good I know that much. Mac book's are awesome for school but you may run into problem with transferring files to other systems... Not sure.

Dell is decent but nothing on Mac.

Just don't go Acer and you be set up well.

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Macs work fine for transferring data. I use my MacBook for schoolwork and my whole school is using XP (school computers).

But I am not exactly sure what you mean by transferring data.
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Same here, I use m MacBook for school in engineering and I have not run into any hitches. Don;t forget that they support vista/xp.
    
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I recently got a Macbook for school and it's working out great! It's not too heavy either so I have no problem bringing it to class every day. Of course, I don't take it to half my classes because the only notes I take are inside the book itself. (Literature classes rock )

If you don’t have a decent desktop to game on and you play games at all, get a MBP or go for the Acer laptops. If you have a desktop…get a normal Macbook. I could have chosen an Acer as well, but I wanted something new...and doing something more then just test driving OSX has been awesome so far!
    
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Sorry, when I was mentioning price, i meant $2500. But, right now, im leaning toward the mac but not yet committing to it...still got plenty of time.
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