On behalf of my girlfriend.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iRyu, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. iRyu macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    So, me and my girlfriend is about to going to college in August.
    She have problem deciding which mac she wanted to use. This is her first time using Mac OS X. I'm not sure how much power she need for pharmacy :p
    *any of you studying pharmacy course?*

    She is considering Macbook Pro 13 base or Macbook Air 13 base. Which one is more suitable her?
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    The air. She doesn't need the power of the MBP, and she'll find the extra pound to be a pain when she's got 20lbs of textbooks.

    Of course, if she's anything like my gilrfriend, make sure she has a DVD player too ;)
  3. barredfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2012
    The Air, definitely. College is going to suck, lugging around something as heavy as a Pro. The Air will not contribute to the probably massive amount of textbooks and references she probably has to carry around. Also, SSDs are much faster than HDDs. The additional speed might be of use to her.
  4. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    Air. SSD speeds will make it seem WAY better than her previous computer. Give her some good feelings about Apple. :D :apple:
  5. LukeSpringUK macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
  6. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    No question, the Air. The MBP is just unnecessary for iTunes, webserfing, word processing, etc.
  7. iRyu thread starter macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    yeahh ssd is faster but the problem is space. She won't paying for upgrade the ssd (she addict to cosmetic and clothes stuff lol). Any nice USB3.0 external hdd to intro?
  8. dona83 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004
    Kelowna, BC
    Air for doing actual school work + iPad for textbooks! That is if her books are available on iPad or Kindle or Kobo or wherever. If the books end up being cheaper electronically, the savings will pay for the iPad and her back will thank her. Check it out.
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    The Air. No question.

    This year's MBP 13" really cannot be recommended for anyone, unless you refuse to use cloud and/or external storage, and absolutely must carry around a dvd player with you at all times. I had last year's MBP. A great computer then (Air did not yet have Sandy Bridge), but the new updated version is almost unchanged, and dated.

    As for the iPad, I use it for textbooks. Remember, you can scan them yourself, or pay to have it done ($1 per 100 pages) and you'll be able to have all of your books (heck, a whole library in my case) in your bag. Go from a massive backpack to a tiny one you don't even know is on your back.
  10. barredfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2012
    128GB isn't enough? Does she have a big movie/music/photo collection?

    Here's the external HDD that I'm using now. It's a 1TB USB 3 HDD. I use it to store HD movies, as I have a SSD in my MBP.

    WD My Passport 1TB USB 3 HDD
  11. iRyu thread starter macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    okaay thanks! thanks guys. I think the Macbook Air is the answer.
    Gonna explain to her tomorrow :)
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Is space really a problem? The _big_ items are in that order videos, music, and photos. If you don't have videos (except for renting some video sometimes), no huge amount of music (only a few hundred CDs), and no huge amount of photos (not ten thousands) then 128 GB is plenty.

    How big / strong is she? 11" MacBook Air is the perfect laptop for carrying around.
  13. mszpara macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    If she's taking it to college, then I would say base Air definitely. The portability and snappy processor will serve her purposes ideally.
  14. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Definitely recommend the Air. Especially if one has back to back classes. The battery life, the portability, the small form factor is a win hands down. Good luck with most profs today "NO ELECTRONICS IN MY CLASSROOM!!!!" All of my profs last year outlawed any electronics in the classroom (at a 4 year college).
  15. Cricketman macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    May i ask where you pay to have your textbooks scanned for $1/100pages?
  16. falterego macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    Southern California
    Lets keep in mind any special software she may be required to use for her classes. My wife is finishing a medical assisting program that required some Windows only software for two of her classes. Had I bought her a MacBook Air, I would have needed to get a copy of Parallels and a license for Windows to install her program to complete the class.

    That being said, if all you're running is Office (or iLife) and the internet, she could make do just fine with a 11" MBA and maybe have a cheepy $100 LCD in her room to plug into. I have two friends who are surviving on that exact setup. Ultra portable and still a 20" monitor in their room when they need space.
  17. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
  18. CarlyHudson macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
    I think the Mac Air is also the way to go. She should be a very happy girl. There should be enough power and space for her pharmacy program. It's not like she's devloping software and working with servers or something right?

    @Cricketman, I did use that service before http://www.1dollarscan.com/campaign/medical.html and I thought they were pretty good. I used to try to do it myself before. I like doing it, it's kinda fun, but it's just so much easier to get someone else to do it.
  19. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I am getting my wife the base 13" Air and at first the 128GB storage on the SSD was a worry for me, she is also studying for an MSc the next couple of years. I decided to just buy her a couple of 64GB Flash drives for storing extra bits and bobs on, they are tiny and easy to carry around with the air and they only cost about £20 each.
  20. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    11" air would be even better.....my wife loves hers...it even fits in her regular purse if she has to stash it away quickly. The 13" is too big for that and now the new ones come in the same specs with the exception of the SD drive.
  21. Charlesz macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Hey CarlyHudson - Did that 1dollarscan place scan your books pretty fast? Some books I may not buy until right before school and I don't wanna wait too long to get the files.
  22. CarlyHudson macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012

    You might have to ask them on that. They were pretty fast with me. I don't how fast, but I remember it being faster than they promised.

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