Mac For University?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rambunctiousvie, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. rambunctiousvie macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I'm going into my first year of University in September and I need to get a laptop. I'm deciding between a Macbook Pro or a Lenovo U410

    I won't be gaming on it, only downloading, streaming, browsing etc.

    I need someone to convince me to get a Mac or not. I've used a PC all my life and I feel that I'll miss it because I'm so use to it. I know you can run programs like Parallels on the Mac.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Either one will do just fine. Sticking with a Windows machine will probably be friendlier on your budget and your computer "skill set."
  3. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    honestly, for your usage, you won't benefit at all from going windows to mac.

    but if you were to get a mac, i'd recommend a macbook air. super light and more than powerful enough for your needs.
  4. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Learning to adapt to Mac for basic needs isn't difficult. You may feel like it'll be tough transition but it isn't. If you're a torrent guy like myself, you'll likely never have to worry about viruses, one of the major reasons I know many make the switch.

    The real beauty in mac is the machine itself, whatever that maybe (Air, Pro, etc)
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you've used Windows for your whole life, and you like it and think you'll miss it... Why do you need a Mac?
  6. rambunctiousvie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2012
    Yeah, I'm a torrent guy
    not worrying about viruses is such a plus.

    I always thought that Mac's lasted longer, my sister got a mac at the same time my brother got a dell xps and it is already outlasting his pc.
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    maybe he has tried Win 8. It was enough to send me back to the Mac. ;)
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    As stated above, for your needs a Windows laptop would be cheaper and serve you just as well

    But if you get a Mac, I too would recommend an Air for you
    Great machine, ultra portable and capable
  9. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    Get a Mac [ long time Windows guy myself ] and use boot camp to install Windows! Now, you have a dual boot machine and the best of both OS'es with rock solid hardware and customer service!! :D
  10. Collin789 macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2011
    Greensboro, NC
    I was about to say. Windows 8 will be the biggest fail. If you're getting any Windows computer, get it before Windows 8 is released.
  11. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Get the new ASUS Zenbook. Cheaper, better spec than the MBA's, and you wont have to relearn a new OS. It also has excellent build quality and a MUCH MUCH MUCH better screen (1080p IPS).

    If you do go with a Mac though, as others have said, a MBA is the way to go, although it'll cost you a truckload more over the ASUS.
  12. Furifo macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    I've never had a virus on any one of my Windows machines. My W7 desktop has been rock solid and has crashed the same number of times as my mac - zero.

    I bought a 13" MacBook pro in August 2010 for University. Here's why I've found it invaluable:
    - lightweight and portable making it easy to carry across campus
    - insane battery life so no need to pack the charger for the day/library shift
    - very reliable - I have had no issues with mine

    I've recently dropped in an SSD and 8gb of ram and my machine performs lightening quick for my uses even with its dated core 2 duo processor. If you can afford it, push for a 13" MacBook air and you will be very happy. It has a higher resolution screen than the 13" pro and flash storage as standard so it will be very quick especially with what you intend to do with it.

    My regrets? I wish I had saved up a bit more and bought a 15". I think I would have really benefited from the extra screen space. Don't get me wrong though, the 13" is still an awesome machine and the screen size should be enough for your uses.

    By any chance are you from the UK?
  13. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    What are you majoring in?

    If it's a computational science, then I'd suggest a Mac due to OS X being a Unix. If its the physical sciences, you might be better off with Windows, since lots of sensor and machine software is Windows only. If its a social science or the humanities and you'll mostly be using it to write papers, you can't beat a MacBook Air.
  14. njean777 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2009
    I would go for the macbook air/pro myself. Windows and me have never gotten along. OSX is not hard to learn, and less viruses is always a plus when dealing with torrents.

    Just remember a pro can be upgraded by you, an air cannot. So you may want to see what you value more. Weight and no upgrades (MBA), or a little bit more weight, but be able to upgrade in the future (MBP).
  15. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    Exactly. OP asked about using the machine for everything BUT school, yet titles the thread 'Mac For University?'

    It's a tool. Get the right tool for intended use (find out if the OS applies to the most important thing -- your studies).
  16. Charlaux macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2012
    Personally i wouldnt buy macbook because after living in a college life there are so many things that could happen.Like air conditioner that caused my room wet to the double room problems.İ am just in a summer program and dont know which university will you be going.İ just mentioned this to take for your consideration :))
  17. SamuelGould23 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2012
    Student Discount!

    I've written this article for anyone who want's to buy a Mac for University with tips on using your student discount!

    I had to make the choice for Windows/Mac at college, and found that I would need a Mac for my course - since then I wouldn't even look at getting a Windows computer at all. With a long history of using windows, I know how frustrating it can be when it randomly installs software updates that mean nothing, and then restarts. I've had no problem with updates, virus', nothing since, so it's a wise move!

    My mates have gone down the windows route and ended up replacing them, therefore spending nearly as much as they could have spent on 1 mac but on say 2 or 3 pc's...
  18. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    14% student discount and a 3 year warranty for £50 is what sold it to me, a warranty that will last as long as im at uni is ideal. and the fact it probably doesnt even need it lol! you'll also get a £70 itunes voucher free
  19. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012
    For your needs, it sounds like you don't need a $900+ laptop (Which is what all macbooks are, currently.)
    If you're worried about viruses, just get a decent security suite for your PC (Kaspersky)
  20. Yuke macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    13" Air should tick all the right checkboxes for a first-year uni student. Lightweight, portable, solid, enough power to chew through schoolwork without any problems. You said you won't be gaming, so the lack of a discrete GPU most likely won't bother you.

    If you find that you absolutely need Windows, you can always install it via BootCamp. (And most schools have very large discounts on MS software, so it probably won't be all that expensive to do so legally)

    Depending on the subject matter, you may want to max out the ram.
  21. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2011
    Essex, england
    it depends on what your university would recommend...

    if you want more simplicity, longetivity and got productivity, then get a mac.

    if you want more compatible software, and a cheaper price tag, get a windows PC.

    like the others, i too would suggest no bigger than 13" on a macbook (provided you go this route :D), but in all i would suggest a 13" macbook pro as it's internals can be upgraded, such as the hard drive and the RAM, which could come in handy when your machine slows down a bit in the future..
  22. 725032 Guest


    Aug 5, 2012
    Windows?!... WOOF... Get a Mac and dont turn back
  23. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    If you're on a budget get the Lenovo. Otherwise you can spring for the Macbook Air 13 which will more than suit your needs.
  24. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Never had a virus on a windows machine either. Got a couple in DOS but I did it intentionally from a 5.25" floppy.

    While viruses are more common on the Windows platform, it all comes down to common sense and carelessness. It's like swimming in the ocean. Never swim against the current, and if you see something that looks suspicious swim away from it.. Don't touch it.. Which unfortunately is most people's first intention. :p
  25. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you torrent, you do, however, need to watch for trojans, as there have been several pirated apps that contained trojans. If you install one of these, you could be introducing malware to your Mac, even though there are no Mac OS X viruses in the wild. Exercising caution and practicing safe computing is always prudent; even more so when torrenting.

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ

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