MB or MBP for school..... :S

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  1. retrospects macrumors regular

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    i am starting school in September and i was wondering which notebook will be best for me.... :S
    i am going to school for Software Application and Programming....
    thanks!!
     
  2. team 79 krunch macrumors member

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    if you can afford a MacBook Pro Get one, the screen real-estate is great, plus you get a backlit keyboard ( one of my favorite features ).
     
  3. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    thats what i was leaning towards!!
    i need all the "real estate" i can get, i am going to be doing alot of java and c++ also i want to edit my vid on it....
    i have a mac mini but my screen is some dinky 15 in 4x3 and i have to keep moveing the program to see all of it!

    in that case should i get rid of my mini and use the MBP for my primary....
     
  4. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Well really falls down to whether you'll use the GPU or not... But if you want best value for a student, get the MacBook.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just get the base model 15" MBP.

    A number of my CS friends with that.
     
  6. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    MB - cheaper, lighter and more portable. I think that MB definitely meet your requirements.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I agree, but I think the OP will appreciate the bigger screen for programming.
     
  8. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    im building the MBP right now...
    but im stumped. faster RPM means faster data retrevial but i want more space?? whats better space or speed?

    300GB Serial ATA @ 4200 rpm [Add $75.00]
    200GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm [Add $50.00]
     
  9. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    So, it maybe worth to buy LCD. Then, he still retain good portability, but at home he will be able to connect MB to larger LCD. It's like 2 in 1 :D
     
  10. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    any mac you get will far exceed any of your requirements for school... pretty much.
     
  11. NotFound macrumors 6502a

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    Get the Macbook Pro, I'm picking one up today myself. :D
     
  12. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    i do like the black MB with that red incase shell!!
    i guess i can get something that is easy to tote for school and then when i get out get a bigger more powerful notebook....
     
  13. FuuFuu macrumors regular

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    i'm also a computer programmer and i just took a semester of Java, C++ and C.

    To be honest, and i hate to tell you, but i would recommend you a PC......:eek:
    There are programs such as secure shell clients that doesn't work with macs which allows you to configure your codes. so instead we(macs) had to find alternatives for them and it was a pain in the ass to find a good one. But if you're willing to take time and use your mac like i did and suffer the pain, get the macbook. screen size isn't a must, although it'll help you observe your codes, mobility is way more important, and 2 inches isn't a big deal. as you go through difficult codes, you're going to need help and having your laptop with you in campus will be a benefit.
     
  14. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    i think that is what i am going to do....
    just get an external w/ MB....... i think i can get the MB with enough horsepower to get me through school...
     
  15. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    you can always buy aftermarket ram if you feel it's necesssary
     
  16. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah....
    i do have a dell that we got so my wife could have remote access from home....
    i just really hate working on it.. im a fan of the MB keyboards..
    BUUUUT when i go to orentation in 3 weeks i will ask what would be the best!!
    honestly what i was thinking was MB with BIG hard drive and extra ram with VMfusion, or Paralles
     
  17. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    That is what she said....
     
  18. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    whaaa whaa whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    i was really looking at the 17 in but then i realized that i want to get a laptop backpack and the 13in would not be like lugging bricks!
     
  19. iphonematt Guest

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    Try the 250GB 5400RPM drive for a balanced of size and speed.

     
  20. FuuFuu macrumors regular

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    oh so you talked to your mom today?

    Anyway, yea parellels or VM is good, i just didn't have the money for it hehe. a lot of CS people have IBMs, and they use Linux a lot in computer labs. Whatever you want to do, there isn't a major problem, just extra effort and money you have to put up with.
     
  21. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

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    if you are just doing processor intensive stuff go with a black macbook.

    if you NEED the GPU (for video editing or really intensive work)

    go with the 15" or 17" pro (depending on desktop space)
     
  22. xxMacAttackxx macrumors member

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    Just a joke..
    Sorry if I offended you :(
     
  23. FuuFuu macrumors regular

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    haha i wasn't offended at all, i just wanted to talk back :p
     
  24. jroller macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to echo the advice you have received already. Go with the MBPro; you won't be limited and you won't be sorry. The dedicated GPU is the dealbreaker in your case.
     
  25. retrospects thread starter macrumors regular

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    sounds good.......i keep going back and forth...
    speaking of school.........
    am i stupid for going to ITT tech....
     

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