MBA or MBP for college?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Emrtr4, May 4, 2008.

  1. Emrtr4 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2006
    15 inch MBP or MBP for college?

    Power and Screen real estate or portability? which is more important on a campus?
  2. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    I would definitely say the MBP.

    You'll appreciate the added real estate, power, optical drive, and ports. Plus the size difference really isn't that big of an issue.
  3. danvan21 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    if you already have an apple desktop or another laptop i would say MBA. If this will be your only computer than there is no question, buy the MBP. Another option is to but a mac mini and a MBA. If you really want portability thats they way to go. Whatever you buy make sure to wait till after the WWDC. Somethjing might get updated and the Education discount starts June 5th.
  4. macanudo macrumors regular


    May 9, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    There's been many forums on this already, this one is the most recent:

    The consensus is either the MB or MBP is better - especially if you are keeping it for 4 years. I have a MBA and after owning both the MB or MBP, I prefer the MBA - although I do miss the real estate and processing power. I do have a Mac Pro on my desk to do my heavy lifting.

    I am with the majority to say the MB or MBP is a better choice for college than the MBA, but if portability is the #1 reason for a laptop (which was mine), get the MBA. Good luck.
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    macbook pro because you want it to last 4 years. Even though everything sold today will seem outdated in 4 years, a macbook pro will hold up a lot better than a machine with a 1.6 ghz processor and integrated graphics.

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