cost vs new MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by skbt, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. skbt macrumors newbie

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    with my institutional discount, the MBA + ethernet dongle costs $5 more than the new 15" MBP...

    Why are the MBA discounts so minimal compared to MBP discounts?
     
  2. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Because its a great machine :)
     
  3. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    I am replying under the assumption that by "institutional discount", you mean "educational discount".

    I think that the MBA is not targetted towards the student population, and more towards the business/professional oriented people. Hence, the amount of discount is not that great for students.

    On the other hand, MBP is definitely a great machine satisfying students needs, and as a result there is a higher amount of discount.
     
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  5. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    I meant the students who cannot afford to own more than one machine- and I believe majority falls in that category.
     
  6. nbmoose macrumors newbie

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    This whole two machine for students jazz is garbage (kinda).
    Well i guess it does depend on what type of student you are...
    I am a medical student and the MBA fits all of my needs (email/research/chatting/iphoto/MSoffice).
    Majority of students (med/law/dent/most undergrads) would use only those functions and would have no need for a second machine.
    Just my thoughts....
     
  7. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    I am an engineering student, and I need to run Microwave Office, Maple 11, MATLAB, Metroweks CodeWarrior, Cadence PSPICE, and AutoCAD on a regular basis.

    Most of the files associated with the above mentioned programs take up a lot of resources.

    An adequately powered single machine would be enough to get the job done. But if a student chooses to get a MBA, I highly doubt that it will be able to provide enough juice to handle all of the mentioned software. As a result, they will need an extra machine- or at least an external HDD, defeating the purpose of getting a MBA.

    Therefore, I do not believe that the whole two machine for students jazz is "garbage".

    Please do note that these are my own opinions which could differ from consensus.
     
  8. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

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    MBA is perfect for students. Most students don't use resource eating programs unless they are computer majors. MBP is overkill imo for students.


    <-- Sold my MBP for MBA and have iMac at home.
     
  9. Zel macrumors regular

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    You're talking about different kinds of students. A history or English major needs only typing programs and iWork and can use an MBA happily. an engineer or computer major needs more horsepower and if the budget is for a single machine, the MBP wins.
     
  10. nbmoose macrumors newbie

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    "Well i guess it does depend on what type of student you are..."

    Like I said it does depend on which kind of student you are.
     
  11. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

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    well as a history phd student, I use my 2.4 mbp and it isn't nearly enough. I am tired of iMovie 08's limitations with my documentaries I have to edit and publish as part of the fellowship and my own research grants.

    What I am looking at doing is getting an Air as my travel computer and possibly get an iMac for my graphics and music work. My only problem then is recording seminars and lectures which take up 500mb each file from wavepro, given yes I can convert to AAC in itunes and shrink down to 100 sure but will the air be able to do this sound recording and typing in Pages well enough and with adequate battery power? My 2.4 gets 3-5 hours life with the 320gb WD hd and 4 gig ram. I am very concerned with how well the life will be for the MB Air. So any thoughts on this would be much appreciated, thanks guys
     
  12. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    Thank You
     

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