Macbook or MBP for a science major?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by duaumun, May 23, 2008.

  1. duaumun macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2007
    I'm entering college this fall, planning on majoring in chem/physics, going to have a lot of upper level math courses (aka, i'm starting with DE). That being said, I don't know if I will need to add software to graph stuff and all on my computer. I'm deciding between the black Macbook and the MBP, and I know that MBP is better with graphics. My question is, will it make a huge difference if I am going to tool around occasionally with photoshop or use it for graphing 3d stuff?

    It's my first mac, and I like them both, so i'm cool with either
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i got through engineering with an emac and a macbook

    that said, i was able to run 3d modeling software on my macbook very easily

    also keep in mind that your school will have labs for the intense stuff which would be smarter to use even if you had the mbp

    my vote is to get the mb and save the money that you would have spent to get the mbp
  3. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    from my experience, I have to run most of my data crunching, graphing, and modeling software in bootcamp. My mb worked just fine; most were processor intensive, not graphics.
  4. ki2594 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Carmel, IN.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The MB is powerful enough for what you mentioned.
  6. Play Ultimate macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    MacBook should be fine.

    BTW, don't overlook the "Grapher" program (found in Utilities) Very cool. Can graph nearly every function/equation, 2D & 3D.

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