new 11" ultimate for comp sci major?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pianoman429, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. pianoman429 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Hi, i'm currently stuck in a debate on which computer i should buy for college. I am majoring in comp sci and I really like the new 11.6" mba utlimate - do you think this will be powerful enough for comp sci? I love the portability factor this computer for walking around campus, and i'm really not too concerned about the screen size since i'll have a 23" monitor in my dorm for when i need it. Also, i'm not worried about the lack of a disk drive, i hardly use my disk drive now since you can just use a flash drive for everything.

    i'm just not sure if i can reason the cost (the upgrades bring me to $1549 with edu discount) for the form factor when i can get a stronger mbp for cheaper (13" mbp 2.7Ghz dual-core i7 4GB ram 500GB hdd for $1399 or upgrade to 15" MBP 2.0Ghz quad-core i7 4GB ram 500GB hdd for $1699). I don't think i'm interested in the 13" mba, i'd rather just get the mbp in that case. thanks!
  2. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Go for 128 GB to save money then.

    Although personally I'd prefer the bigger 13" screen for coding. 11" is fine for note taking, writing docs. But this is personal preference.
  3. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
    I think the 13" would be a much better fit for you. It's still REALLY light and easy to carry around campus, you'll get double the storage space (just in case), and you'll get a much better screen resolution. Just my opinion.
  4. WMuntean macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    Depends on what your concentration will be in. Are you going to be doing computational modeling, machine learning or similar? Or just some HTML work?

    If it's the former, I personally wouldn't settle on anything less than the 15" due to the quad core. If it's the latter then any Mac will do.
  5. Pogopuschel macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Performance wise both will be way above and beyond what you need for any CS program. That being said, I don't know if I would want to code on a 11" screen...

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