Sub $1000 laptop, has to run windows

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  1. T-Reese macrumors newbie

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    I'm buying a laptop for my best friend for college and would like to know your opinions on a good laptop for less than $1000 as i do not want to break the bank... needs to run windows because thats all he wants... oh and if you have one pm me... thanks...
     
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  3. T-Reese thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ive thought about boot camp and a macbook but thats pushing it for cash... but if thats the consensus then ill strongly consider it... (probably going to be the consensus due the site i'm on) haha...
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You have to remember if you wait until your best friend is eligible for the student discount, it'll probably knock the price down a bit.

    Of course there are some deals like Amazon's $50-100 off coupons, free shipping, a tax free purchase etc.

    If you need a quality computer that'll be expected to last through college and is durable enough to take some naked abuse in a backpack, the MacBook will probably lead the pack -- even if it is pricey.
     
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    MacBook with education discount start at $1049 if you can find someone that has access to an education discount.

    Other than that Dell probably has the best sales right now. They've had weak sales as of late and are really pushing good incentives to buy from them now.

    I think that Inspiron E1505 has been talked about a lot recently.

    Brian
     
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    I would recommend that you take a strong look at a nice MB.

    Because of the dual boot capability, he will have an option to run Windows or the Mac OS -- whichever is best for him.
     
  8. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

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    you're in the wrong place there is no apple laptop that will run windows for under 1000 dollars. The closest you're going to get is 1050 for macbook with edu discount.

    just get him a dell you have many choices there plus it even comes with windows.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What are priorities? Small? Game-playing ability? Battery life?

    If small, maybe the Dell 710M? Although it's really in a transition point right now, and it seems like a poor deal compared to the MacBook, because it doesn't have a camera, and it doesn't have a Core Duo....
     
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    If you can wait a little while, MacBooks should start showing up in the Refurb store for under a grand.
     
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  13. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Why does he need windows?

    Why does anyone need windows. Jesus. The point of buying a mac is finally getting off that platform.
     
  14. EricChunky macrumors regular

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    male students tend to play games.

    and cracked PC games or far more easier to get than 360 or ps3's :p
     
  15. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    As others have said, I would highly recommend your friend to go with a MacBook and use Boot Camp to run Windoze.
     
  16. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    Getting a macbook and buying windows is not in his price range.

    A $1000 laptop wouldn't be worth it to play many games, so I hope thats not his motive. If gaming is the objective, then he needs a desktop.

    Thinkpad is looking like his best choice.
     
  17. rob5 macrumors regular

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    Wait for the Dell deals to come around - good machines and always under $1K.
     
  18. stunna macrumors member

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    yup
    great deal
    and its the titanium edition
     
  19. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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    Get the low-end Macbook at Amazon for $982, no question about it.
     
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    Plus a copy of Windows.
     
  21. iPC macrumors 6502

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    College students are often in programs (law school is an example) where all the exams are computer based and you have to run a special program to take that exam... and that program only has a windows version. ;)
     
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    Were you still interested in the Acer we have been PMing about. Let me know. Thanks.
     
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    If the school has an agreement with Microsoft, the student may be able to get a copy of XP Pro for about $30. Just a thought. :)
     
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    No are they not web based?
     
  25. karichelle macrumors member

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    Blackboard is, but I did take a class during my undergrad that required Windows in order to run the software that came with the book, which was the testing software. This seems to be the case with a lot of included CD-ROMs that come with books...even if there's a Mac version of the software in question (i.e. SPSS), they don't include it. :(
     

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