what kind of mac should I get

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chris200x9, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. chris200x9 macrumors 6502a

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    I am going into computer science and I will be needing to program and design websites,etc. I was wondering if I need a macbook pro or if I could get away with a top of the line macbook?

    please post what model of computer along with specs you would recomend,

    Thank You
     
  2. Foggy macrumors 6502a

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    My concern with the macbook from a development point of view would be the size of the screen. Over the years I have found screen space really makes life a lot easier. I struggle when I go from my dual screen desktop to a 17" 1920x1200 laptop, cant imagine trying it on a 13" screen without having to constantly switch back and forth between code and web browser which would annoy me. You may find it doesnt bother you though - different folks different strokes etc.
     
  3. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Of course, an external monitor would be a far less costly addition to a macbook than a MBP and would offer a lot more overall screen real estate.
     
  4. evangelion-01 macrumors regular

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    Top of the line macbook? i would recommend you save some money and get the cheapest model and 2gigs of ram for an extra $150, this thing be bitchin'!
     
  5. Foggy macrumors 6502a

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    Thinking about it though, one thing you may want to consider is buying a MacBook and a seperate monitor for when you get home - means you get a nice portable machine and if you do the majority of coding at home you have a nice big screen for it.
     
  6. Foggy macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah - suddenly thought about that after I had posted :) Hence the slightly delayed post above ;)
     

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