Is this Macbook pro (2.7GHz, 256GB) okay for grad school?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by middlenorth, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. middlenorth macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2016
    I know this isn't the best time to get a MBP, but I desperately need one when I move out and start grad school this week.

    It seems that all of the laptops with higher processors are sold out for the next two weeks.

    Here are my two options (excluding Apple Care and Tax):

    1) 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
    • 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    2) 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
    • 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    • 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Is option 1 okay for school-related purposes (writing assignments, etc.)? I should pick Option 1, right? I save most of my stuff externally.
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    First one is just fine, and also a power beast.
  3. Greene macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2015
    Fort Worth
    Depends what you're using it for, but if the main productivity work is going to writing papers and doing research, option 1 will be more than sufficient.

    FWIW, my work - issued laptop is a base model MBP, and I've been incredibly surprised how far 128 gigs will take me with little to no storage management. My job is somewhere between data science and client services.
  4. middlenorth thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2016
    Thank you! You both set my mind at ease. Looks like I'll go for option 1.
  5. happygodavid macrumors regular


    May 14, 2007
    Northern Virginia
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I like option 1, but other then saying you're going to grad school, we have no idea how it will be used. For typical business type stuff, word/excel and email. Yeah either one will work :)
  7. ISFPOWER macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2014
    i just bought the your first option for 1350 out the door brand new from best buy last week with their college student coupon. this computer is FAST

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