Mac user seeks Windows laptop for grad school.
August 6, 2013 8:29 AM Subscribe
I've used Macs since 2004; now I need a PC. There are too many choices!
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I'm looking for a Windows laptop to use in grad school. I've used Macs at home, and have never had to buy a PC. There's a lot out there, and I have no idea how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Desperately seeking recommendations and thoughts. Criteria are:
-Lightweight. (My current Macbook is about 4.5 lbs, so lighter than that is great.) Durable. (I have a tendency to bang in to things. I've dropped my work Thinkpad from 5' and it's still functioning!)
-Inexpensive. (under $500 ideally, but I can go up to $800 for the right machine.)
-Use: I'll be mostly taking notes, reading articles, writing and researching, and running some stats software (SPSS, SAS, etc.).
-I plan to use the laptop in class and at the library, but would like to get a bigger screen for home use. Fitting that in the under $800 budget is ideal.
-Not a netbook or tablet.
-Specs from my school:
Core i5-3550S Processor (3.0GHz, 6M) or equivalent processor
• Hard Drive = highest recommended for the operating system or 1GB of free space
• Operating System = English 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows 7
My first instinct is to check Consumer Reports, but their most recent guide seems outdated. I have no idea where to go from here - everyone I know uses Macs, pretty much!