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    rydude07
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    Going off to college...need a notebook
    Basically I am wondering,

    Should i get a 15.4 or 17 inch notebook? I know i WONT be taking it to class to take notes. I may take it to the library or coffee shop, and this will be my only computer during college.

    Which screen size would you get?

    Thanks! and yay first post!

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    Personally, I wouldn't buy a 17in notebook unless I only planned on moving it on rare occasions.

    Defiantly get a MacBook Pro over a regular MacBook if it is going to be your only computer.

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    menace3054
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    15", even if you dont plan on bringing it to class now, you might eventually. it really helps to type notes out. come studying time, you can use the search function to find certain topics in your notes

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    rydude07
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    so I guess I should rule the 17 inch out...but I know I wont be taking notes in class...and if i decide to, which i doubt, then i would get a 12 inch notebook later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydude07
    so I guess I should rule the 17 inch out...but I know I wont be taking notes in class...and if i decide to, which i doubt, then i would get a 12 inch notebook later.
    I wouldn't.
    If this is going to be the only computer you have, then why not the 17"?
    I have seen them and used one side by side with my 15"... contrary to what others may feel, I really don't see that great of a difference. Sure, it is larger, but not by too much. You yourself also said that you won't be taking it out and about all that much, so the larger screen would be helpful if it is used in a more sedintary state.
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    With the money you save by going 15in over 17in, you could buy a decent 20in widescreen LCD to use with it while in your dorm or wherever.

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    rydude07
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    true i could hook it up to an external monitor. I think the only place that i would take it is to the library and the rare coffe shops.

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    fliP
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    Definately stay with the 15. My last laptop was a 17" hp pc and it was just a beast to move around. After seeing everybody else's 15's I really wish mine was smaller. The only way I would recommend the 17 is if it had specs not attainable with the 15 and I know that's not true because I just ordered my 15" loaded :-)

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    yeah. go for the 15.
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    Question, you definitly need it during college, but why NOT use it for notes? Thats what most people in college do.

    Other than that, go for the 15.4". I myself, prefer smaller laptops. iBook 12" Macbook Pro 15" because I have an odd phobio of laptops over 15". Same with monitors no less than 15" no more than 19"

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    rydude07
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    well basically, i no I am a faster note taker with a pen and paper. Also, if iwant to take notes, i would want something like a 12.1 inch. I just prefer the pen and paper..thats all.

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    Yon Yonson
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydude07
    well basically, i no I am a faster note taker with a pen and paper. Also, if iwant to take notes, i would want something like a 12.1 inch. I just prefer the pen and paper..thats all.
    You could always buy the 15" and with the money you saved, grab one of these fancy Bluetooth Tablets, you'll be the coolest kid in class.

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    rydude07
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    haha yea.

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    the bluetooth tablets a sick idea thanx yon yonson im gettin one lol

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    Katie
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    take it to class to take notes on! if not that, you could just act like you were and play around on it... haha. I, personally, want to go for the 15.4" because the 17" seems too big for me.

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