LabView on MacBook

ChickenSwartz

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I am debating between buying a black MacBook and a MacBook Pro. I am a graduate student in an engineering lap (Windows computers only). I have racked my brain to come up with a list of all the apps I am going to using trying to decide between the MB and MBP. The only app that I thought of that might require the "better" machine is LabView. I am going to be buying the student edition for VI creation and editing only, I will not be collecting data on this computer, just using it to take my work home. Does anyone have any expereince using LabView on a MacBook?

BTW, here are the requirements for the student edition install:
* Macintosh
* Processor: G3 or better
* RAM: 256 MB
* Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
* Operating System: Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
* Disk Space: 500 MB

From this I assume there should be no problem, but I wanted to see if anyone had first hand knowledge.
 

gauchogolfer

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I've not used it on a Macbook, but we have LabView installed on some reasonably old PCs (think <2GHz P4) in our lab, and VI creation was never a laggy issue. Data collecting, as you mentioned, can be much more taxing. I'd think that the Macbook would be plenty.
 

ChickenSwartz

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gauchogolfer said:
I've not used it on a Macbook, but we have LabView installed on some reasonably old PCs (think <2GHz P4) in our lab, and VI creation was never a laggy issue. Data collecting, as you mentioned, can be much more taxing. I'd think that the Macbook would be plenty.
I assume you work in a lab, correct?

Am I nuts for choosing a MB over MBP?

At this point I am really debating between portability and battery life versus power.

I just can't think of much that the extra graphics will give me since I don't do any gaming any more :( .
 

gauchogolfer

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ChickenSwartz said:
I assume you work in a lab, correct?

Am I nuts for choosing a MB over MBP?

At this point I am really debating between portability and battery life versus power.

I just can't think of much that the extra graphics will give me since I don't do any gaming any more :( .

Yep, I work in a semiconductor research facility, where we use LabView to control some of the equipment. I think that a MB would be fine for your stated needs. I'm like you, not a gamer anymore, and am considering a MB when my powerbook comes due for replacement.