Laptop primarily to take my online practice exams

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Alag28, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Alag28 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    so heres my dilemma

    i can buy a $300 laptop and fulfill this with ease. HOWEVER i feel like im throwing away 300 because i know i will be doing more on it and window machines well for some reason they always manage to be weird, slow, unresponsive, and a pain in the rear after about 12 months of usage.

    im going for my series 7/63 security licenses and i need the laptop to take the practice exams away from my home.

    Pay premium off the rip and go mac? or windows based?
  2. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    Can I ask what you do with the rMBP in your sig?
  3. Alag28 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    Thats the one i sold. I just didnt update it
  4. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Asus X551. Easy to find for under $300, and fairly nice on build. The default touchpad settings are atrocious though, once you turn off all the stupid gestures it's a usual crappy trackpad.

    That or a mac mini. Do you need portability?
  5. Alag28 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    portability is a must
  6. kd5jos macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2007
    Denver, CO
    If this works...

    If your practice tests are all done on line is there a reason an iPad (or iPad mini) with an additional ClamCase will not work? I have taken many security practice exams (Information Security) on mine and it worked wonderfully. My iPad mini retina (with LTE) and ClamCase is my office now. I teach from it, work on my Masters degree with it, make and answer calls from it (FaceTime audio or Skype and bluetooth headset), write papers...

    It only weighs a pound and a half.

    I've never been happier. Perfect size. Reliable. Lasts all day. Don't know what else I'd need.

    And before anyone says it, I'm six foot tall and have LARGE german hands. I don't do 120 wpm on it, but I can do 70 wpm comfortably...

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