I am a CR student and am looking at pro writers and laptops.  I have a good desktop that I will use at home so only need a laptop that is "good enough" for jobs.  Any suggestion on laptop brands?  Also, which is preferred, a laptop mic or a writer mic?  I'm thinking used writers, possibly a Steno Fusion, and will definitely use CaseCat.  


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Comment by Lora Hinch on March 14, 2013 at 19:03
Thanks for the advice. Always appreciate hearing from those in the business. I think I may go with a mic on both the laptop and writer; couldn't hurt.

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Comment by Keith Rowan II on March 13, 2013 at 20:51

I have both.  It's always good to have a backup.  I have had the one on the laptop not be working a few times for various reasons, and the one on my writer has always worked so I've had backup each time.

Comment by Kelli Combs (admin) on March 13, 2013 at 18:06

I would use a microphone that's attached to your laptop because that is by far the best quality for sound.  I think Toshiba or Samsung are great.  I just bought an amazing Samsung for only 465 on Amazon, which is super cheap and I use it on all of my jobs.  Just so you know, I am a heavy-hitter reporter that's been in the business 26 years.  You don't have to spend tons on a laptop to get what you need in our business.  Just make sure your microphone is top quality, especially being new.

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