Looking at getting a new macbook...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dbwrobel, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. dbwrobel Guest

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    Hi, I currently own a 2008 24" Aluminum iMac (3.06Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb ram, 500 gb hd, Geforce 8800), 32GB Wifi iPad, and 16GB iPhone 3GS.

    After using this workflow for a while now I have been having more and more trouble justifying all the devices and I'm finding I can't do what I want to on the road with my iPad - I'm pretty much only able to do what I need to on the iMac at home (but even this is starting to get a bit dated now).

    I am currently a graduate student in engineering and I also do work on the side in video production and programming. Because of this I've started looking at the Macbook Pros (as well as upgrading my iphone in a few weeks) to replace part of my line up listed above (ie. selling the iMac, iPad and simply going with the Macbook Pro/iPhone combo). This I was thinking would give me access to a half decently power computer nearly everywhere I go (which is usually either to school on the train and then around campus, where I almost always have my bag with me) - for the very light stuff I think I could stick to the iPhone (ie. light gaming, communication, etc).

    Anyone have any recommendations as to what would be a good all around purchase out of the macbooks (or if I should just keep what I have)? For engineering, I normally use Matlab as well as some other CFD applications. On the video/programming side its Final Cut Studio, Blender, After Effects and XCode.
     
  2. Shinigami301 macrumors regular

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    What kind of engineering? Very little engineering software runs on Mac platforms. SolidWorks, Pro Engineer, AutoCAD, MasterCAM are all optimized for PC's.
     
  3. dbwrobel thread starter Guest

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    Its aerospace/CFD stuff, some of the software is proprietary that I am using, I also am currently using Matlab on OS X, the other stuff I use is on Windows.
     

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