To all of my readers out there, I am putting this question to you guys! You’re my only hope! I’ve had my laptop, an ASUS U81 running Ubuntu OS, for about two and a half years now and it’s having some issues with the graphics card and the hard-drive, I think. The computer freezes up if I’m watching something on YouTube in HD at full screen for a while or it gets really hot. There are points when the hard-drive will, for whatever reason, not start(the little LED doesn’t light and I don’t hear the disks spinning) after coming back from sleep.
These problems are not too frequent, but the graphics thing I notice more often. My point being…I’ve been thinking to the future with med school and how I will handle staying organized and studying. Seeing that I will be going to one of the Caribbean schools, I know that a Best Buy is not just around the corner to drop my laptop off at. I want to make sure it will last. I can handle software issues with few problems, but hardware stuff makes me squeamish. The laptop really only needs to last for the clinical sciences part, since after that I’ll be back in the US.
I can’t type and follow a lecture at the same time. I’ve tried doing that a few times in undergrad and again in grad school, but I go right back to pen and paper. I was thinking that I might like to get a tablet laptop or something that I can write directly on the pdf/powerpoint slides. Seems like it would save a lot of paper, but I’ve read mixed reviews on tablets’ usefulness. So far I have looked into Toshiba tablets, ThinkPad X201 Tablet, or the ASUS EP121 to name a few. They look pretty neat, but repairing the current laptop is probably a lot cheaper(cheaper is probably the better way to go for now too, being poor and all).
I can send my laptop to get it fixed and take a chance that nothing else goes wrong and the issue was truly fixed or I can get a newer laptop and take a chance that it doesn’t have some problem. 😛 A catch-22. What do you recommend for med student laptops and computers? Did you find a particular laptop, OS, or application useful? How did a computer factor into your medical school studies?