Choosing between macbooks for college

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hypeofflyfe, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. hypeofflyfe macrumors newbie

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    hi, i am a incoming freshmen in college looking into getting a new macbook. i am currently using a late 2010 macbook air. i am going to be a biology major and not sure which model would work well with whatever i need. i am also looking into possible web design. i am looking at getting the non retina macbook pro 15in but i am not sure how well i would transition from a SSD TO HDD. also i wanted to know is it worth getting the base 15in or the 2.6? is it a good idea that i get a SSD from apple or buy a third party? if so what type of SSD do you guys recommend i just want to make sure that it can last me 3-4 years. i would love to hear all the options because this would be a big investment for me.

    uses for my macbook would me

    itunes , torrent downloads , photoshop, Lightroom, iMovie, even final cut pro, basic internet browsing , word processing and maybe paralles for windows.
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I'd wait a year or two before I got a new computer. You don't seem to be doing anything too crazy, and your computer is only two years old.

    Plus the portability of the MBA is nice in college.
     
  3. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    I agree. Maybe look into getting a nice external HDD or an external monitor.

    If you must get a new computer. The base 15" should be more than enough for all 4 years. As far as SSD, a lot of people like the Samsung 830. I'd definitely go third party for the SSD. Apple's prices are outrageous.
     
  4. MacJones macrumors 6502

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    I just switched from a late 2010 MacBook Air to a late 2011 refurbished 15" MacBook Pro. I'm a graphic design student and do similar tasks from your list. My MacBook air was struggling to control my 27" cinema display and run programs from CS6 or even iPhoto so I decided to sell my computer (got $800 for it) and buy the late 2011 15" for $1359. I'll probably do an SSD in the future because I like the faster boot times.
     
  5. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    If faster boot time is your only reason then dont bother - just keep the mac on and put it to sleep when not in use. Theres no need to shut it down.
     
  6. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I would either get the 2012 MBA 13 or base 15. Nothing beats the portability of the Air when you're traveling from class to class.
     
  7. MacJones, Aug 12, 2012
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    MacJones macrumors 6502

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    Well booting, opening applications, less moving parts, faster read/write, etc.
     

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