Soon to be switcher

match311

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I am an Aerospace engineering going into my fourth year of study (im on the "five year" program). Since my dell is having motherboard failures (and its about 3.5 yrs old) I decided now is the best time to switch. Now I am stuck between a black macbook and the 2.2 macbook pro (as are most people in this topic). That said may laptop needs to be portable enough to go with me everywhere on campus and perform the usual internet surfing, music, photos and word processing. As an Aero engineer I may need to still do some 3d modeling for classes (probably pro e or solidworks) but I am not positive. I see there are some engineer grads here, did you utilize your gpu's that much this late in the degree? My budget is ready for either option. Is the macbook pro more cumbersome to the point I wont want to carry it in my backpack? Can a 2gb macbook handle the 3d modeling? Any help is greatly appreciated.


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techlover828

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Jun 28, 2007
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I am an Aerospace engineering going into my fourth year of study (im on the "five year" program). Since my dell is having motherboard failures (and its about 3.5 yrs old) I decided now is the best time to switch. Now I am stuck between a black macbook and the 2.2 macbook pro (as are most people in this topic). That said may laptop needs to be portable enough to go with me everywhere on campus and perform the usual internet surfing, music, photos and word processing. As an Aero engineer I may need to still do some 3d modeling for classes (probably pro e or solidworks) but I am not positive. I see there are some engineer grads here, did you utilize your gpu's that much this late in the degree? My budget is ready for either option. Is the macbook pro more cumbersome to the point I wont want to carry it in my backpack? Can a 2gb macbook handle the 3d modeling? Any help is greatly appreciated.


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The macbook pro is only .3 pounds heavier that the macbook so its a question of size, if your backpack can hold the mbp i'd go for, otherwise go for the macbook, i'm not sure but I think that it could handle it
 

CalBoy

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The macbook pro is only .3 pounds heavier that the macbook so its a question of size, if your backpack can hold the mbp i'd go for, otherwise go for the macbook, i'm not sure but I think that it could handle it
Most likely, if a backpack can hold a mb, it will be able to take a mbp. Only the really small backpacks can't handle the size of the mbp.

OP, since you're almost done with school, sign up for ADC and get a really decked out mbp:cool:
 

ktbubster

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I concur. I think the macbook pro would be better suited for your needs, now and after college. It can handle solid works GREAT in parallels. I have no problems and as you can see by my sig, I don't even have a C2D. Really, there is little size difference as people have mentioned. The MBs have more room taken up in the bezel too. If you will be doing any modeling or presentations etc, the extra screen size (and possible matte option) is really nice to have IMO.

I fit it in my backpack and shoulder bags just fine with no problem. It's really not too much bigger then a large text book. You should have no problem with it fitting into most bags.

I would do the ADC thing too like was mentioned above, or even look in the refurb store (they just lowered refurb prices) 1499 for a 2.16! Not a bad deal. Add on the Nano (I think you still get it on the refurb models too as long as you are a student) and printer and that will pay for your applecare!

MBP all the way.
 

CalBoy

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Add on the Nano (I think you still get it on the refurb models too as long as you are a student) and printer and that will pay for your applecare!
The free Nano is only if you buy a new Mac. Sorry. Otherwise, I agree with your post. MBP is much better:D
 

match311

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Thanks all. It seems like mbp is the way to go. I was kinda hoping for that answer.

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