Friday, September 22, 2006

Macs in the classroom

During class yesterday, I was looking around and I couldn't help noticing how many Macs were in the room. I did a quick count:
PCs: 29
Macs: 12
Wow - that's almost a 1/3 of all the laptops!

In fact, Apple may be the most popular brand in the classroom. On a second count, I noticed, 9 Dell, 10 Toshibas, a few Sonys, a few Thinkpads and some other brands. I can't be sure however, because PCs all look the same. :)

In first year, I counted only a few Macs in a similar-sized class and slowly the numbers are going up. There have been some headlines on digg about Macs (or rather Mac OS) increasing their marketshare and decreasing their marketshare. A survey of two classrooms in one law school is hardly scientific, but from where I sit, Macs are hot.


At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The higher popularity of macs in law school classes probably has to do with the fact that law students have more money to spend on laptops than the computer buyer. But you're definitely right, macs certainly are hot right now anywhere you go.

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the "more-money-to-spend-on-laptops" reasoning. When I shopping for a laptop, the iBook was comparable in price with toshibas, Acers, Avetar and other low priced options. Granted the iBook was $400 more expensive to the cheapest dell, but the quality offered for that price greatly surpassed the competition. Macs have lowered their prices since then, and included more in the bundle. Perhaps, it is Mac's move towards the mainstream that is increasing its marketshare.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Lawyerlike said...

My theory is that the Mac-toting law students have been in post-secondary school for longer than most, and have likely owned several laptops. Those first laptops were probably PCs that start out pretty decently, but, like Dell, just get worse and worse with every year you own them. Giving up on all things PC, you turn to Mac where quality is higher year to year. I would then suggest that the PC-owning law students are in the final throes of their PC affection, and will turn to Macs shortly. In short, Dell sucks.


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