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Help w/ daughter's laptop

by Garnerwolf / July 18, 2008 4:44 AM PDT

Need some assistance. Buying laptop for college freshman. School recommends Mac or Lenovo. Her major recommends a tablet. She doesn't want a tablet or a Lenovo. I think she is basing her preference on looks, not performance. If she has her druthers, we'll get a pink Sony. Any advice as to how to get her to come around to the school recommendations or at least which Vaio to purchase?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 4:48 AM PDT

Died in the marketplace. Ignore that and get what you want.

The pink sony is usually just dandy for a few years as long as you get the version of the OS they support. You can get these for "not too much" and count on replacing it in 2 years.

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by Garnerwolf / July 18, 2008 6:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Tablets...

Not sure what you mean by "Died in the marketplace", or by which version of OS they support. I would assume if they're putting it on their machines, they support it. And I'm also assuming your opinion of the durability of the Sony is not all that excellent...?

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Just a few more words.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 7:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Unsure

"Died in the marketplace" = Go to the stores to see the selection of tablets offered. Most of the time I can't find one.

"which version of OS they support. I would assume if they're putting it on their machines, they support it."

Sorry this is far from the mark here. For example, many got burned by XP Home, went to school and then dinged for XP Pro so you could get onto the school network. DO NOT MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS HERE. Ask the school.

And NO! They will not install the OS for you. Given the usual 5 days to install Windows from scratch, they won't do this for you.

PS. I've been known to exaggerate.

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Do you know for what reason the school
by Steven Haninger / July 20, 2008 5:27 AM PDT

recommends these brands? There might be valid ones. They will have a help desk and the recommendation might come from experience. As well, both Apple and Lenovo have worked out special special student discounts with many educational institutions. It's possible other manufacturer's have done so as well but the ones you mentioned definitely do. This isn't buying a dress to look good in for a few wearings and then relegate it to the closet or give it away when it's too dorky. This is like buying a sturdy pair of shoes that you need to get you through many miles of rough rock and deliver you safely at the end of your journey. Time to grow up and get sensible....My two cents. Happy

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There is a reason why they recommend certain brands and that
by orlbuckeye / July 21, 2008 5:36 AM PDT

probably because they had good luck with those. I know it's not money or they would have told you specifically which one to get. I have a niece that is going to private school and they are going paperless (no textbooks) and they force them to get Dells to standardize. They also get the laptop replaced immediately but they are paying to get that kind of support. It's a private school so parents that don't want to dish out the 1500 can send their kids elsewhere.

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