Which mac book is right for me?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JakeDG, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. JakeDG macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2015
    Hi guys im looking at purchasing a new macbook but am stuck between the pro with 128 ssd and 8 gigs of ram with the 2.6 ghz processor. Or the air with the 128ssd 1.4 ghz processor and 8 gb of ram. Both brand new. I want it for school doing assignments online, power points, and papers also the occasional autocad ( one a week or so ). Which would be the best one for me? I want to get as long as possible out of the laptop definitly 5 or 6 years. Any help is great.

    Thanks, Jake
  2. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA

    I guess this comes down to a retina display or not. But if you are going to keep it that long, I strongly urge you to take the SSD to 256.
  3. JakeDG thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2015
    Besides the display and the ssd size which would be more appropriate for my applications? Which would run faster for longer really.
  4. vbedia macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2014
    I would make sure it sports a retina display. You will appreciate doing your work on that display.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Apart from autocad

    you can do that work on an ipad.....

    This is autocad own reccomendations for a mac on autocad 2015.

    AutoCAD for Mac 2015 System Requirements

    Apple® Mac® OS® X v10.8 or later (Mountain Lion); OS X v10.9 or later (Mavericks); OS X v10.10 or later (Yosemite)
    Apple Mac Pro® 4,1 or later (Mac Pro® 5,1 or later recommended); MacBook® Pro 5,1 or later (MacBook Pro 10,1 with Retina Display or later recommended); iMac® 8.1 or later (iMac 11.1 or later recommended); Mac Mini 3.1 or later (Mac Mini 4.1 or later recommended); MacBook Air® 2.1 or later; MacBook® 5.1 or later (MacBook 7.1 or later recommended)
    64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster, recommended)
    3 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
    2.7 GB free disk space for download and installation (4 GB recommended)
    All graphics cards on supported hardware
    1,280 x 800 display with true color (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)
    Apple Safari 5.0 or later
    All Mac OS X supported language operating systems
    Apple® Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook® Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.
    Download and installation from DVD
    Mac OS X-compliant printer

    I would reccomend the 13 inch rMBP for that, but you may get away with the new macbook with retina display.

    To be honest 256gb is just about the minimum without external or networked attached storage.

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