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The PC vs. Mac debate

Given the recent pooping-out-ness of my laptop, I am on the look out for good deals and ideas for a new laptop. If my baby HP doesn’t get fixed on it’s fourth trip to the repair place, I am considering giving up hope (though, maybe I shouldn’t be typing this on it, it might get it’s feelings hurt and really give me a run for my money!).

While I won’t be a student nurse for much longer, I am definitely open to becoming a student again in the near (or far) future, and am always a student of life. I want something that is durable for carrying around with me, has enough memory for my work, music, and pictures, and all the other really cool and fun features that new laptops come with. Not anything too big, but nothing too small (I don’t want to have to wear my reading glasses ALL the time!).

In the last two years I’ve noticed a gradual transition from PCs to Macs in my nursing class room. My dilemma is really the price. And re-learning a whole system. On the other hand, I’ve never met a Mac user who regretted their purchase (have you?). I can’t exactly say the same for PC users.

So while I am in the early stages of deliberation – I need your help. What’s a girl to do about getting a new computer? As a student, as a nurse, what’s your preference? What things do I want to make sure my computer has? Where can I get a good deal?

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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6 Responses to The PC vs. Mac debate

  1. Liz

    I love all of my MACs and I will never consider switching back….even having cut my teeth on PCs, I learned how to operate my MAC so much faster! User friendly and always has what I need.

  2. Stephanie Roberts

    I love my Mac and wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you like Microsoft Office, you can get it for a Mac. I have been a nursing student for the last 2 years and will be finished in 2 weeks. I would totally buy it again.

  3. Carol K

    Definitely Mac. Simpler, more intuitive. Easier to use. I’ll never go back to the Dark Side, again.

  4. Kathleen

    at work I use a PC because I HAVE to, but at home, I’m all about my MAC and have been since day one. Macs are the best!

  5. I used a mac a while ago, and then sold it so i could pay rent since I had a Windows PC. Worst thing I ever did, I missed it badly.

    recently swopped back to a Mac, best thing I ever did. has yet to crash, and a few other things :) the switch isn’t as hard as it feels… and for the price? I think it’s worth it.

  6. Bruce Kinley

    Mac! The price difference is an illusion. If you price similar models of Macs and Dells, for example, you’ll find that the Dells which compare to Macs are about the same price. A Mac will last longer and holds some resale value. In five years you can still get several hundred out of a Mac, but a PC is barely worth $100 after 2 years.

    That being said, it comes down to preference. Windows has more options for IT people who want more programing and coding; but a Mac is more cohesive and user friendly. I would ask a friend to try their Mac for a bit.

    But you’ll never regret buying a Mac!