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Edgars Kalnins wrote:
Wish I could afford top end notebooks when I studied , bought my first computer only after I finished uni
I wish there were such things as laptops at all when I was at uni! When I graduated high-school there wasn't even such a thing as a "personal computer" which was commercially available. So man, if I had a laptop! Wow! I woulda been like, Elroy Jetson or something.
Why don't you look at the 13" Retina Macbook Pro? With the education discount you can get the base model for only $200 more. Sure it has 128gb flash storage instead of the 256gb but that shouldn't matter because you should be using external storage for files. Unless you're planning on having 128gb of apps that shouldn't matter. The Retina has a better processor, better screen (and slightly larger), and the same amount of RAM. I'm in college right now as well and if I had that computer available when I had started there's no question it's what I would have gotten.
I looked. There's no such thing as a student discount in Japan or so I was told by the Apple Store manager in 2011. Also I don't think Macs are acceptable at Uni. I mean most Universities here REQUIRE every student to purchase a laptop - usually through the school itself and especially at private universities. Because of this there are restrictions on which types are considered fulfillment of that requirement. A tablet by itself isn't, and if I'm not mistaken OS X or Linux based laptops aren't either. And I can totally understand why too.
Mainly because that would potentially cause the professors and support staff a lot of extra work. I taught at Japanese universities here for eight years or so and setting up the lab machines as well as the student laptops was kinda time consuming - I can imagine the increase in clusterfukishness by opening myself up to Linux and OS X. Given the opportunity I would take a pass on that myself so I can see why the schools officially do it as well.
Secondarily because both Mac and Linux are at a severe disadvantage what it comes to app availability. Sure, 75% of the big popular apps are available for Mac - but only about 25% of the lesser known smaller apps are - and it's not growing either! In fact I would say it's shrinking. About 5 or 6 years ago when Apple went intel there began a rush for developers to port their apps over to OS X. Since then Apple has kinda screwed the pooch several times and many devs have just stopped updating or supporting the platform. Also the initial rush to port for Apple is gone and these days smaller devs think twice before taking on a whole-nother platform. I kinda think this is one reason Apple is proactively merging iOS with OS X more and more with every new OS X release - because development on iOS is growing, and will be for a long time to come it appears. OS X appears to be decreasing and I can only assume that trend will continue - to some degree at least.
But hey, if I had my way I would require all students of get Amiga OS or Linux based machines!
IPS screens are usually good, I doubt its bad tho didnt manage to find how much sRGB it covers. Standart is 95% sRGB, might be more, might be less.
Sorta pity theres no 100% sRGB with calibration in some ultrabook or big tablet, could be pretty useful.
I read a thread on a discussion board where someone claimed the XPS-12's gamut was 57% but that was weeks before it released too so something tells me I was reading one of those all too common modern day phenomena known as "Internet Experts". (meaning of course I think he was full of it...)
Mirek Elsner wrote:
If this is already determined and PC is the best choice, I would think twice before paying extra for touch screen, if it is really going to help with apps he/she uses and if it would not be smarter to spend the money for better battery life, larger display, more memory, monitor that calibrates better or whatnot.
It's price-tag is actually on equal footing with other inexpensive laptops which don't have either the touch-screen nor the transformer capabilities. So those are like free extras if you think of it that way. My thinking on the usefulness of the tablet transformation is for social situations where he and his friends might be standing around or sitting around a coffee table. If it's anything like my social life that will come in handy. I can't think of a gathering I've been at in the past 6 or 8 months where a hand-held or tablet was not pulled out and used to verify some fact being claimed, expand some topic being discussed, or to share some art or music that wasn't known to the group. Course, most of my friends are teachers and professors so that may make some difference I dunno. I do think it's a bit of a different world from when I went to school tho.