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What Type Of Computer Do You Use?

Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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Just wondering - what kind of computer do you use, and what drew you towards that as a choice for business purposes?

I'm running a 2011 MacBook Pro, and it still stays strong for four hours of battery, even after three years. This is the main thing that attracted me to it. I know that the machines are a little more pricey (okay, much more) than their Windows equals, but I got a good deal on it (student deal plus staff discount at the time) meaning I paid just £700 for the thing, including MS Word etc!

I don't really see any drawbacks to using it - however all I do is browse and type, so I suppose anything could do that.
 
justDAJ

justDAJ

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I use a MacBook Air (2011). Battery life is amazing; it's super-light and fast. So many people bemoan the Mac/Apple culture, however I've never had a moments grief with my kit. Unlike Windows machines a Mac just does not slow down over time and I can go weeks without restarting it.

I've also got a iMac as the screen size is often handy when working on projects. I don't have an iPhone though! Android for me ;-)
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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I use a MacBook Air (2011). Battery life is amazing; it's super-light and fast. So many people bemoan the Mac/Apple culture, however I've never had a moments grief with my kit. Unlike Windows machines a Mac just does not slow down over time and I can go weeks without restarting it.

I've also got a iMac as the screen size is often handy when working on projects. I don't have an iPhone though! Android for me ;-)
Glad you agree with me on the MacBook. I'm not sure what it is that means it doesn't slow down, but whenever I used to have Windows PCs it never seemed to take very long at all before things weren't as good as they should have been! So I wouldn't go back.
 
Scottish Business Owner

Scottish Business Owner

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I use an HP IQ500 which is an all in one machine that is touch screen and now runs Windows 8. Had it about 5 years and it's still going strong.

I'd never buy a MacBook :p
 
justDAJ

justDAJ

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I'd never buy a MacBook :p
You're going to have to give a reason now that you have made such a bold statement.

I like to try everything and keep my options open.
 
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Stephen Sherry

Stephen Sherry

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A Dell Studio 17 Laptop. Its starting to get on a bit. MacBook is on the list of must haves..
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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A Dell Studio 17 Laptop. Its starting to get on a bit. MacBook is on the list of must haves..
Out of interest, how long have you had it, and what's the performance like in comparison to when it was new?
 
Stephen Sherry

Stephen Sherry

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I've had this laptop for about 4 years now. The performance for business applications is still excellent, a bit heavy to lug around though! I do sometimes dabble in audio production but audio applications are becoming more powerful that the performance isn't up to par.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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I've had this laptop for about 4 years now. The performance for business applications is still excellent, a bit heavy to lug around though! I do sometimes dabble in audio production but audio applications are becoming more powerful that the performance isn't up to par.
That's good to know, thanks. Weight isn't that much of an issue to me as I have a computer in my office then my laptop at home, so I very rarely take it out of the house anyway!
 
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Pete Brindle

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I'm on a Mac as well, but thinking about upgrading soon. There's no reason for me to because it runs fine, but I like things that are nice and new and shiny!
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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I'm on a Mac as well, but thinking about upgrading soon. There's no reason for me to because it runs fine, but I like things that are nice and new and shiny!
I sometimes worry because mine runs so well, even though that makes no sense. I kind of assume that it's just a matter of time before it packs in. Crazy, right? But when I get a new machine I will be keeping this one as a back up so I won't need to worry anymore about it.
 
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Pete Brindle

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I sometimes worry because mine runs so well, even though that makes no sense. I kind of assume that it's just a matter of time before it packs in. Crazy, right? But when I get a new machine I will be keeping this one as a back up so I won't need to worry anymore about it.
Well there are always rumours that things give up after a certain number of years, but there's never been any proof with regards to how true that is. I know people who have had Apple products for years and years without any problems with them though, so I don't think you have any reason to be too worried about it.
 
MattW

MattW

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My current work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T430. It would be blazingly quick if it wasn't bogged down with all the corporate anti-everything software.
 
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Pete Brindle

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My current work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T430. It would be blazingly quick if it wasn't bogged down with all the corporate anti-everything software.
This is the problem I've had with a lot of Windows computers.. fine at the beginning, but start installing anything and you're asking for trouble. That just doesn't seem to be the case for Macs, nothing slows them down!
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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This is the problem I've had with a lot of Windows computers.. fine at the beginning, but start installing anything and you're asking for trouble. That just doesn't seem to be the case for Macs, nothing slows them down!
I've found that Windows machines do slow down a lot more than Macs, but maybe I installed things I shouldn't have on them, I don't know. Either way, I was NOT a member of the Apple Fan Club when I bought this machine, but I sure as anything am now!
 
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Pete Brindle

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I've found that Windows machines do slow down a lot more than Macs, but maybe I installed things I shouldn't have on them, I don't know. Either way, I was NOT a member of the Apple Fan Club when I bought this machine, but I sure as anything am now!
Unless you installed anything illegal, it really shouldn't slow the machine down. I just don't think they're able to cope as well as they should.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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Unless you installed anything illegal, it really shouldn't slow the machine down. I just don't think they're able to cope as well as they should.
No, nothing illegal or anything like that. Even Office slows it down, then the security software. And they're just basics that everyone needs.
 
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andybrowne

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I use Dell Inspiron R15 and it works very fast. Its ultra technology laptop and its very slip and lighter in wait
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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I use Dell Inspiron R15 and it works very fast. Its ultra technology laptop and its very slip and lighter in wait
Have you installed much on it since you got it or are you using the pre-installed things mostly? I find that a problem!
 
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