which mac to get for college

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rt122, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. rt122 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    I am starting college soon and I am going to major in business. Do you think a Macbook is a good choice of laptop for me?
  2. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad R61.

    or the Macbook is good too.
  3. danedane5 macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2008

    I got a MacBook Pro and im doing business as well, kinda overkill, but iv wanted one for so long i couldnt resist/
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Yup. Either will do you fine, but if I had to choose as a business student, I'd recommend the Thinkpad, hands down.
  5. MPHL macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    At the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business and Management they require all students to purchase a lenovo laptop as there laptop so that must say something about them.
  6. vchalupa macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    I agree with the thinkpad for business majors but I'm sure you could get away with a Macbook if you wanted to get a Mac.

    Any suggestions for engineers?
  7. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    I dunno, but there's your competition ;) :apple: :D
  8. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    If you're doing CAD, MBP.

    As for Business, get an MacBook or MacBook Air. The Air would make you feel awesome and feel savvy business traveler. It has more power than you really need for music, web browsing and note taking.
  9. BarryS macrumors newbie


    What are these features which make Lenovo essential for business majors?

    No doubt it's very open minded of people to recommend a Lenovo on a Mac forum, but what are these business functions it has which make it better for business users than a MacBook/MBA/MBP running Vista Business and the latest version of Office? I admit I'm not a business/management person (I'm a philosophy college professor, I find Lenovo has an academic following as well as a business following), but I've been researching advertised features and reviews and I've found nothing specific. The nearest thing I can find is security options for protecting data, but obviously there are ways of protecting data on a Mac and I can't see how that's a deal breaker. According to one review, battery life is typically one and a half hours, which is pretty sad if it really is typical. The fact there's a college somewhere where business majors are required to buy Lenovos strikes me as rather creepy. I suppose there are some teaching advantages in getting everyone to use the same kind of laptop, but really only if you are a creepy control freak. Since obviously it is not the case that business users only use Lenovos, a business program which only deals with Lenovo might be considered to be failing in preparing its alumni for business life. Black or aluminium is going to look better for business purposes than white, so maybe that's the white version of the MacBook out. However, a BlackBook running Vista Business would be a great all round business laptop, an MBP would be perfect for those needing a bigger screen/better graphics and the MBA perfect for those where portability is most important. Really if people are going to recommend PCs, they should at least offer some slightly more detailed reasons.
  10. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Some paragraphs would have helped...
  11. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    It doesn't really matter which one you get. Both machines (either a Mac or Lenovo) are extremely well built and the keyboards are great on both brands. My friend bought an x61 tablet and it's amazing. Apple offers very competitive pricing for students so that's something to look out for.

    You're on a Mac forum - obviously there's a little bias by some of us...:p
  12. dcdude macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2008
    the colleges that require lenovos, etc. do so because their licenses are for windows pc's and they want everyone to be running on the same platform so troubleshooting is easier

    berklee school of music actually requires students to buy Macbook Pro's if that says anything about their multimedia performance
  13. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2008
    I think I would recommend the macbook pro if you can afford it. It's portable but also powerful enough to act as your "desktop" at home.
  14. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    To the OP, a MacBook should suit you fine, just make sure that it falls into your school's requirements.
  15. notatrumpetpro macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    it says they are getting a kick back from apple, along with a lot of other universitys that have deals with apple. apple believes that if you hook people at the college level you will build a large following of new buyers...apple has always been "cool" and "trendy"... I have a MBP and like it a lot but I also have a windows machine.

    also apple pre-intel, were always known for audio/video because of the way they processed things. since they are intel now things are somewhat different. (protools is the industry standard and can be used on both os's)

    i have a penryn mbp and really like it. i also have a windows machine. both are very useful. no os is perfect.

    for the price/specs windows machine hands down. if money isn't an issue and you didn't need windows for any programs (yes i dual boot my machine and it gets annoying going back and forth and running virtual sucks if you are using a heavy windows app) i'd go mac.
  16. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    In all seriousness, what's so special about the IBM laptop(s) everybody keeps mentioning? I didn't even know IBM still made computers.

    Also, being a homer, I must HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST GETTING ANYTHING WITH WINDOWS. If you need to run Windows-only apps, buy a MacBook and use either Boot Camp, VMware or Parallels. Office is available for Mac OS. I really am clueless as to the big business major apps outside of office, so you'd have to do some research on that. But for the major Internet/e-mail/other stuff you do most of the time, listen to the homer and get a Mac.

    (This message was brought to you by a Mac-biased person)
  17. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    business schools use thinkpads for whatever reason. I know 3 business schools that all require thinkpads. RPI also requires thinkpads and its an engineering school.

    At Georgia Tech I'd say 5% of students have thinkpads, 20% have hp (every single person I know who bought an hp had it die in the first year by the way. no joke), 30% have toshiba or dell (including alienware) laptops, and the rest (45%) have macbook/macbook pros.

    It's crazy how many people use macs. 90% of people with macbook pros do not need the pro. AT ALL... And I'm not even including the people who play games on it. 90% of people who bought a macbook pro just don't need or use any of the graphics power that differentiates it from the macbook.

    (note: these figures are not exact).
  18. liquidh2o macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2004
    thumbs up to the thinkpad if you're going the PC route. On the mac side I would go w/ the MBP for the larger screen. May not need the extra horsepower, but the difference in screen real estate is fairly significant.
  19. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    thinkpads have been the mainstay for "business" type computers.

    The US Government issued IBMs until Lenovo started manufacturing them in China due to potential security reasons (when Lenovo bought their PC line).
    but they have since granted IBM the deal when proven there was no security threat.

    i guess its not really known here, but IBM has been associated with Business applications for years.

    I have an old Thinkpad T41 (when they were still made by IBM, IBM) and it's a tank. Gets better Wifi reception than my MBP, and is probably sturdier.
  20. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2008
    The answer to your question is very simple.

    -- Do you want to use Mac OS? --
    If you don't or you don't care then there is NOT a single reason to buy an apple computer apart from the design.

    They are expensive and offer less than corresponding pc. Furthermore, the current generation, in particular MBPs, is defect-prone.

    If you want to use MacOS, then you do not have any other choice. That's why I bought a MBP: I'd have happily bought any other notebook if I could.

    Based on my experience with all the current operating systems, productivity under MacOS increases: it's a joy to use on the right hardware.

    So, if you want MacOS, my advice is to buy a macbook and to strictly avoid macbook pros.

    -- thistle

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