Considering a MBP for engineering

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by renixomba, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. renixomba macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2005
    I have an iBook G4 and it has served me well for the past 2 years. However, it doesn't cut it when it comes to cad programs; plus Autocad isn't available for the Mac platform. It wasn't that big of a problem because I lived 5 walking minutes away from the school's lab and used their dells. I moved off campus this summer and I think it's time to upgrade to something that's capable of running the programs I use, namely Autocad, Solidworks, Inventor, and such.

    I hear that although the MBP runs those programs with no problem, it's still better to get a PC for the money because the MBP has a so-so graphics card. Well, I'm eyeing the 15" 2.2 Ghz MBP and I was wondering what you guys think about it. Is it still a good buy for engineers even with the graphics card? Thanks

  2. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    Currently, the MBP has one of the best graphics cards available for laptops.
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i know a few engineers and several engineering students who rely on the MBP. they hate having to switch to Windows to use those apps but it does what they need it to do.
  4. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    with boot-camp it should be no problem at all. I would try Fusion from VMWare first.

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