I'm going to college in a few weeks and have been researching about getting a durable laptop for my couple of years in Engineering. As I was reading on the internet, AutoCad which is a 3D software is not compatible with the Mac OS X. My university provides free software for Windows version of AutoCad and so I am restricted to working in the University's labs if I want to work on that software. Buying a Windows laptop on the other hand solves this problem. I want your advice. Is a Mac good enough for Engineering or should I get a Windows laptop? Let me give a few reasons why I'd like a Mac: First and foremost, a laptop isn't really a laptop if it isn't portable. MacAir is a powerhouse, light, thin, and has awesome battery life from what I've heard. The only disadvantage is that this one software won't work on it unless I run bootcamp/parallel, which I don't plan on running since I don't wanna pay extra as I can pay less and get a compatible windows machine anyway. I know this is a Mac forum, but please without any bias I'd like to know your recommendation on this. I'd really like to get a Mac since the Windows laptop I'll get isn't going to be a machine that is so portable. If you recommend a Windows laptop, can you guys give me some advice into that? I'd like to know which is the most durable, is relatively light and has good specs? Dell/HP/Sony/Asus, the list goes on and I can't seem to find which is the most durable of all.