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Mac vs Windows for engineering at GT?

random014random014 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I am going to GT this fall (engineering major), and I am currently deciding on what laptop to buy. I've seen the requirements they have posted online, but I've only used Windows so far and have no experience with Mac. My main question(s):
Do the professors have a preference towards mac or windows? Do most students have a preference? Does either one make the work 'easier' or faster, that is less compatibility issues?
Thanks
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Replies to: Mac vs Windows for engineering at GT?

  • BanjoHitterBanjoHitter Registered User Posts: 1,497 Senior Member
    Do the professors have a preference towards mac or windows?

    No, as long as you can run the necessary software.
    Do most students have a preference?

    Yes, but you'll see both die-hard Mac users and die-hard PC users.
    Does either one make the work 'easier' or faster, that is less compatibility issues?

    Most technical software, with the exception of graphics software, is designed for PC so they tend to have less of an issue with compatibility. But it's not that big of a difference at the undergraduate level. The biggest difference between the two is that if you have a problem there are more PC users than Mac users to help you.
  • random014random014 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks, BanjoHitter
    I think I'll get a PC because I'm already used to it
  • GPBurdell32GPBurdell32 Registered User Posts: 406 Member
    We've been having this debate at GT for 20+ years. Can't believe it's still going on, especially now that the Mac has more market share, mind share, and brand awareness than it has ever had. Plenty of faculty have Macs. Get what you want. :-)
  • RmblinReckRmblinReck Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    Mac users are able to get a free copy of Windows 7 through Microsoft MSDNAA. As others have said before, choose the platform you like the best.
  • ilyssa1257ilyssa1257 Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    just because most people always diss macs, I wanted to point out that both my CS 1371 teacher and CS 1331 teacher both have macs. So really either one is fine.
  • appleandriceappleandrice Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    @RmblinReck how exactly do you get a free copy of Windows 7? I'm thinking I'm going to go with the MacBook Pro because my sis has one for her college and I love using it, I really don't care about the technical stuff I just want it to meet the requirements and work.
  • RmblinReckRmblinReck Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    Tech has an agreement with Microsoft MSDNAA... Depending on you major, you may have to ask someone for a login and password or you may get an email automatically. Take a look at this page for more info:

    MSDN Academic Alliance Home Page
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