MATLAB work on MacBook Air 11"

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  1. Jyoti Singh, Sep 30, 2016
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    Jyoti Singh macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy Macbook Air 11", but there is a question- Are MATLAB and NS2 like simulation softwars compatible with Macbook Air 11"?

    Please give reply as soon as possible.

    Thanking you.
     
  2. whg macrumors regular

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    I have an Air 11 (mid 2013) and it works very well with MATLAB. At the office I connect a Monitor for more workspace, but developing Algorithms works well on the small screen while commuting.
     
  3. simonmet macrumors 65816

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    In case you haven't seen the Buyer's Guide (see main toolbar above) it's not recommended to buy any Mac right now if you can possibly avoid it.

    Personally I'd find the 11" Air's screen incredibly frustrating. At only 1366 by 768 resolution it has less than a third the number of pixels of the 12" MacBook and only just over a quarter the pixels of the 13" MacBook Pro. It also has a smaller trackpad than both those models (and the 13" Air).

    Small screens aren't necessarily a problem if the display is sharp, but the sharpness of the Air's screen won't come close to the Retina MacBook or 13" Pro. At this point, it's looking like an end-of-life product and a poor buy, even if it gets minor updates or is further discounted.
     
  4. Jyoti Singh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanking you. Are RAM and processor do not create matter?
     
  5. whg macrumors regular

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    This depends on what you plan to do. There were occasions when I ran out of Java heap space. On the Internet I found a way to increase the Java heap space beyond the official limit:

    1. First of all, now "Max Java Heap Memory" parameter could be changed via a slider in Preferences->Matlab->General->Java Heap Memory

    2. If the maximum value, allowed by this slider, is too small for your needs, (e.g. R2014b only allows me to set it to 49GB, while physically I have 192GB), it could be directly adjusted by editing

    "c:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\MathWorks\MATLAB\R2014b\matlab.prf"

    3. Open it with a text editor and modify "JavaMemHeapMax" value. It should look like

    JavaMemHeapMax=I190000

    4. Restart Matlab

    I mainly did this in Windows BootCamp and don't remember if it also works in OS X. Unfortunately I had to use the Windows version for work because of limits in the OS X version, such as ActiveX control of EXCEL and database access to SQL Server.

    For me, the processor speed was never a problem. Today I would go for a Macbook Pro with 16GB RAM. If processor speed is important to you, consider the 15" and use parallel processing on the quad core CPU.
     

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