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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dell or Mac?

  • Processor: Intel i7 (2.80GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
  • LCD Screen: 14"
  • Includes: 1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Wireless Optical Mouse


  • Processor: Intel i7 Dual Core (2.8GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD
  • LCD Screen: 13"
  • Includes: 1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Magic Mouse, MiniVGA Adpater, Windows 7 Pro

I have to choose a computer for school. I don't know anything about computers, but, thank goodness, the IT department has provided only four choices (well, and the IPad pilot program) - two different Dells and two different MacBook Pros, where the difference appears to only be screen size.

I will definitely be going with either the smaller Dell or the smaller Macbook. I don't want to carry anything heavy around (although I guess a few ounces is not that big of a difference). At home, though, I will have a big monitor, so screen size is not that big of a difference.

What I am having a hard time deciding is whether to go with the Dell, which has a better warranty package, or with the Apple, which has better aesthetic qualities. Of course, another issue is cost. The Apple product is more than $1000 dollars more expensive. But given that I'm already borrowing so much, what's another grand?

Can anyone with computer knowledge recommend which laptop you think is the better fit for a medical student? Or should I just ignore computers altogether and sign up for the IPad pilot program?


  1. Hi Sophie! This is Bryan, your old room-mate. I think you have been an apple-fan in the past, right? In my opinion, Dells break constantly and are a pain. I have had several Dell computers. Though the apple computer is more expensive, it will likely make your life easier. You probably won't have to deal with constant computer problems. I would go with the mac, if all you are doing is word-processing and web-surfing. If you are doing scientific computing, windows might be better, but whatever.

    1. Hi Bryan! Are Dells really that bad? The warranty on it seems pretty good...shouldn't that cover the majority of my issues? Also, if I get the Apple, I would have to use Bootcamp and have two different operating systems. Would that slow down the computer?

  2. Apple!!! I've had a macbook for the last 4 years with minimal problems and it's only started slowing down in the last year. I run Bootcamp for a few windows programs but you can get most programs for mac now. As a non-computer person, macbooks are definitely the way to go. Easy, straightforward, and pretty!

    1. I have a Mac now and I LOVE it. Maybe I will get the Mac again, but since this one is fairly new...I'm not sure if its worth the cost.

  3. Stopped by your blog to say hello - you're off to a great start! Keep up the good work...and DEFINITELY GET A MAC. Not even a question. Spend the extra money and get the good quality. I have a Dell laptop for school (bc it was required) and it makes me mad each day about the amount of times my iMac has made me mad since I bought it in 2008. :)