Is a MacBook the Best Computer for College?

A recent caller on our Live Call line opened up a can of worms by asking my opinion as to whether he should buy a Mac or Windows machine. He’s starting college, and wanted to know whether I felt an HP TouchSmart computer would be better for him, or a MacBook Pro. I hate when someone asks my opinion on what is better for them! I really do!


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How can I possibly tell you what will work best for you? How much do you have to spend? What will you need the device for? These are the kinds of things you need to think about. I have no way of knowing what will fit your particular needs. You have to do your homework.

I still use the HP TouchSmart that I have. It’s functional, but the touch screen is not as responsive as the one on the iPad. This is due to the type of screen and technology used to build the devices. Not all touch screens are made the same, just like all cell phones are different in some ways.

You want my recommendation? Get what you want. Figure out what features are important to you. Decide what you’re going to use the machine for. Research reviews and consumer opinions. Ask your peers. Do your homework.

Don’t take my word for it. Choose wisely, young grasshoppers.

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I have been working with Chris Pirillo and the LockerGnome team since August of 2007. I've done just about everything you can imagine: writing, community management, social media management, organizing Gnomedex, working with sponsors for the live stream/blog, and so much more. I have learned more than I ever realized I could and am forever grateful to Chris, the team, and the wonderful community we've built. At this time, I mostly handle all of the social media for Chris while also working full-time for a hot new startup as the Director of Social and Community -- building its online presence from the ground up. Life is never boring and never silent, but it's one hell of a ride every moment of every day. I wouldn't trade it for the world.