College-bound Kids Don't Plan on Buying Macs

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mcnuggetofdeath

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lol. to the above. 300 does not a survey make. I know that im starting my freshman year of college this semester, and Ive got an eee pc with ubuntu 9.04 on it. (Would be running Sabayon but my external dvd burner died 5 months ago). For my part ive gotten as many of my friends as i can to run different linux distros, and set them up with both personal and forum based support. With a good distro and a cheap Acer youve got a solid laptop for cheap.
 

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LOL. yes macs are expensive. At least most universities have abundant amounts of computer labs and network access in every dorm room. I think people want cheaper full featured computers than fashion designed crappletops.
 

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If only 18% are willing to pay more then 1000 bucks for a laptop (prolly a decent chunk of those are gamers) then the number of people that can get a good apple laptop are limited.
 

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Apple? I`d rather have a Lenovo any day, never had a problem, and rarely see them broken in my line of work. As for Dell and HP and Acer, it`s a lot more common.
 

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If you're getting a laptop for school purposes you're not going to need to spend that much. Now if you add gaming into the consideration then that is a different story.
 

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[citation][nom]speedshutters[/nom]"majority of college-bound students"..."300+ surveyed"/rolleyes[/citation]
that's actually a normal sample.

if half of the 18% with 1000$+ get macs that's actually pretty much the ratio on the market today.
 

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Can't use the "Apples are the most reliable notebook" line anymore. Asus took that title in an article I've read here. Which brings me to an old topic again. What do Macbooks offer that Notebooks don't? Reliability? Windows based machines have more software than apple. Viruses? Stop surfing porn and focus on school. I own both a Macbook and a Notebook. Honestly, no difference other than the OS. Sure Macbooks are sexier in design IMO. But students can focus on luxury after they graduate.
 

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That's going to hurt, this is a large part of their market.

Oh well.

I wouldn't buy a MAC, but i like having them around. Every company needs stiff competition.
 
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Good! Keep them away! If that means shorter lines at the apple store, and my friends not touching my Mac because they have no Idea how to use it to check their myspaces or facebooks or click on that spam IM then im okay with this fact.
 

avalanche0316

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300 isn't a bad number to extrapolate from. If you're rolling your eyes because the survey didn't include ALL college bound students that's pretty foolish.
 

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Probably depends where they found those 300 students...

What we're they going into? Graphics design, accounting, engineering?

Depending on your field of interest its going to affect your choice. I for one needed a system capable of running SolidWorks and Autocad. So a Mac wasn't exactly a viable option for me.

I'm sure a graphics design student would be going the Mac direction
 

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My sister got a (white plastic) Macbook cause she wanted the simple and straight forward UI of Mac OS X, she didn't want to have to fuss over Windows Vista (which I dont blame her). But then she had to send the thing back to apple after like 3 months because the case warped and made the CD drive opening impossibly small so that the disc she had in it couldnt make it out XD . and also the webcam wasnt registering some colors at times and wouldnt even turn on sometimes too. So yeah... we got one heckuva lemon (but they did fix it under warranty and it hasnt given her anymore problems). But now after browsing Dell (I know, i know but they let you personalize soo much on them!) and HP laptops I realize how much more you can get for the $1200 we spent on the mediocre Macbook.
 

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Every school nearby uses Macs, and pretty much everyone I know says they suck and their slow. Even the Mac Pros that we have. The macs at the schools give them the impression they suck.

I myself agree.
 

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They will buy Apple and wear women's jean as soon as their liberal professors get through them. Higher education institutions in the US are basically assimilation camps that churn out liberal dimwits that lack critical thinking skills.

The only saving grace is that they’ll turn back into “normal” people by TV and a few years at home after graduation.
 

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I work at a university and while I don't spend much time in computer labs these days, I do recall being in a Mac lab a year or two ago. It was filled with a bunch of pissed off students who had an assignment that involved using software only available on Macs. No one could figure out how to use them. They looked at me and I told them I couldn't help and got out of there before things turned ugly. It's more than just cost, it's also what people know how to use. If you're in college time is important and learning a new OS isn't what people want to do, they just want to do their assignments.
 

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[citation][nom]IzzyCraft[/nom]300 students! What is that 1 from every school? Hell UCLA admissions take in like 40 times that every year.[/citation]
I guess statistics is lost on the bulk of you people... statistically speaking anything over ~30 people is a large enough sample size to extrapolate trends. What's missing is the randomness of the sample as well as the margin of error, is it 1% or 9%. That information would make a big difference.
 
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