Is the macbook your ONLY computer? (especially for college students)

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Is the macbook your ONLY computer?

  1. YES, the macbook fits my portable needs and the screen is just right!

    35 vote(s)
  2. YES, but I connect it to an external monitor at home/dorm

    16 vote(s)
  3. NO, I also use a desktop at home/dorm

    10 vote(s)
  4. NO, I use a macbook pro and it is the only computer I have/use

    8 vote(s)
  1. solaris7 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
  2. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    Yep - MacBook is all I use at college although there are times when I wish I had a desktop but I don't need one
  3. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    MBP for me, but yes, it's my only computer (I could have gone with a macbook and have been fine, but I wanted a larger screen).

    I agree with the post above me, there are sometimes when I miss having a desktop, but the ability to have a laptop to take to class when need outweighs that greatly.
  4. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    Sometimes I wouldn't mind the power of an iMac, but the screen is big enough for my work & play, and I connect it the TV for movies. MacBook is great for college.
  5. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    For normal college needs, the macbook always worked perfectly for me.

    I do connect it to an external monitor when at home, but that's certainly more of a luxury than a necessity.
  6. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Macbook air in the hizzy for sheezy in the weezy.
    Contemplating a superdrive to watch dvds, but happy so far with everything.
    Seriously, for masters level course work, all you need is safari, powerpoint (or keynote), and word (or some word processor). And Itunes.
  7. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I have a mbp as a desktop and thinkpad x61s for a portable in school. I can't find my choice in that poll!
  8. drakeshipway macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2008
    Oakville, Ontario
    i selected "YES, the macbook fits my portable needs and the screen is just right!" although i do have a family pc at home.. but i only use it for itunes/limewire

    haha, pcee :apple:
  9. bsamcash macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2008
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Yep, MacBook's it for me, school, home, and around. I don't really care for a desktop, I have a 22" monitor and no need for the extra graphics power. But I would like a Mac Mini as a home server/router, beats the heck out of a Base Station!
  10. okayjustin macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2007
    SF bay area
    Yeah I have a blackbook and I'm happy most with it's design and it's exclusiveness. I don't think I'm much of a power user and the screen I just hook up to a widescreen which makes it perfect. I'm a sophomore in college
  11. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I used a macbook exclusively (with an external LCD at home) for quite a while. Eventually I supplemented it with a used core solo mini just for movies and music, but could have done without.
  12. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    My MacBook is my only personal computer. It is fantastic.

    I have a 17" MacBook Pro w/ 24" LCD at work, however.
  13. fr4c macrumors 65816


    Jul 27, 2007
    Hamster wheel
    Use the MBP at class and at the office. Back home I use the Mac Pro and some Linux/Windows boxes.
  14. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    I've been using my Macbook as my only computer for over two years now and I've never felt like I needed something else. I don't use an external monitor, also.
  15. poolish macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2007
    south coast, uk
    had this macbook for a year now, got it a few months before i started uni, its perfect.

    definitely recommend.

    i was tempted to get a macbook pro, but im glad i didnt. i dont even notice the screen is smaller, i watch movies and tv on it and its fine. obviously as its smaller, its more portable, can just carry it round like a book.

    you can probably get education discount as well, like £100 or more off, so check that out too.

    i love my macbook. lol
  16. DJAznSensation macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2008
    my macbook pro is perfect for my college needs and then some... i also use it for my music and DJ needs which handles everything perfectly!

    I still have my old toshiba laptop, which is grounded and acts like a desktop, in which handles the activities that i dont want my MBP doing

    :apple: DJ Asian Sensation
  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    it was until yesterday, when I got an iMac. I used the macbook with an external KB/mouse/monitor, and it worked very well. Still, it's no iMac! :D
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    i always have had the macbook, but i did have an ibook g4 which got stolen at school, so my parents bought me another mac laptop after a period of 3 months. its light and portable, whereas the 15" is not as portable, although I will be buying one hopefully when the new chassis comes out. but yea, im a high school student and the macbook is perfect for me, but i'm probably going ot have a macbook pro for college since I'm planning on a CS major.
  19. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    Macbook Pro for me with an external Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP. However if you aren't concerned with gaming I would see no reason that a MacBook wouldn't be sufficient.
  20. AMV macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2008
    I used my MBP for film school. It was the only computer I used. I did use an external hd for the raw footage and another one for final projects. :D
  21. psudude macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    yes, it's my only computer. Does all I need to do. may down the road get a pro if i want to do more video editing, but for now my macbook works
  22. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    No but I could live with it as my only computer.
  23. BileGhost macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I don't fit into any of those catagories...

    I have a macbook, which I use without an external moniter, and I have an IBM ThinkPad, which sits under my bed in a horrible mess of broken power cords and barely spinning harddrives. But I still own it.
  24. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    This is the perfect college setup as far as I'm concerned. I own 14 computers but I only have 2 with me, my macbook pro and an eeePC. Even when I go home I dont touch the other computers since mac runs windows also I do everything on my MBP. Back in my living area (you see it in the picture) I have my mbp, monitor, and external harddrive. At my office I have the same setup but with a smaller external drive. Not only do I have the portability of a laptop to drag with me wherever I go, but I also have the convenience of a desktop. Its a great setup and I recommend it to anyone. You will have room in your dorm because my living area is smaller then any college dorm I've been in.

  25. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Long live the Pismo :cool: Feel the power of 450 whole megahertz and dual battery bays.
    As you would imagine I also use a PowerMac at home.

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