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Which MacBook Pro for Engineering?

JonathanG7JonathanG7 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
edited May 2013 in College Computers
This summer I am going to get a new computer for engineering. I am planning on majoring in Computer or Electrical engineering, and I was wondering which MacBook Pro would be the best. Either the 15 inch non-Retina, or the lower end Retina. I am planning on installing windows on it too. Money isn't too much of a factor. The Retina has a smaller SSD drive (256 GB) and the regular has a 500 GB HDD. What one would be better for engineering and installing windows? Thanks
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Replies to: Which MacBook Pro for Engineering?

  • PenitentTangentPenitentTangent Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Why would you buy a Mac if you're going into Engineering?
  • verpineverpine Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Pick up a nice Samsung, Lenovo, or Asus and save a lot if money. Why get a Mac if you're doing engineering and, as you said yourself, will have to install windows on it? The higher end asus and Samsung laptops have the same build quality, sleekness, and coolness of a MacBook, trust me.
  • GenApoGenApo Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Agree with the above posts. Don't waste the cash on a Macbook OP, you'll need it later when you're trying to pay off loans.
  • ALFALF Registered User Posts: 1,176 Senior Member
    "The MacBook Pro is the most expensive PC among the top 3, but if you’re looking for top reliability - the data is clear. MacBook Pro is the best Windows PC on the market."

  • NightShadeQueenNightShadeQueen Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    Re: MacBooks as Windows.

    A main factor in this machine’s metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean. With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops, this is a bit of an unfair competition.

    And having installed Windows on multiple MacBooks - it's not a fun process. It's a process that's worse than pulling teeth or trying to install Linux on a UEFI computer.

    You're better off getting an actual windows computer.
  • MillancadMillancad Registered User Posts: 5,941 Senior Member
    The vast majority of people at my college (the top-ranked engineering school in the country) are engineers, and the plurality of students are CS majors. 60% of students have Macs. One MechE class goes so far as to provide students with Macs for the duration of the semester. Engineers can use Macs just fine.

    If I were you I'd go with the Air, actually, for its portability. But if it must be Pro and if you aren't huge on visuals, I recommend the higher-end non-Retina.
  • NightShadeQueenNightShadeQueen Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member

    I go to MIT, where literally half the majors are engineering majors, and there's a plurality of computer scientists.

    I don't know how many people own macs, but from what I see, it can't be more than 20%.
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