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Mac or PC At Boarding School

Zach042Zach042 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I have recently been accepted into the Phillips Exeter Academy, and will be needing a laptop. I built my own desktop (PC) that I've used for many things that require a strong computer such as 3D modeling/rendering, astronomy work, video games, video editing, game development, and AI development. I personally prefer PCs because in most cases you can buy a PC with a stronger CPU and GPU than a mac, but I am unsure whether or not any classes require the use of a mac. Also, do most students use macs? I don't want to be the one guy with a PC.

Replies to: Mac or PC At Boarding School

  • YoungThriverYoungThriver Registered User Posts: 504 Member
    Congratulations!

    To my knowledge, MacBooks are not required but are the most commonly used laptops at PEA. If you really don’t want to be the only guy with a PC and can afford a MacBook, then feel free to buy a MacBook.
  • vegas1vegas1 Registered User Posts: 546 Member
    I would go with what you are most comfortable with. 3 of our kids had Macs while at PEA and one had a PC. Honestly, it was never an issue for classes or socially. Our PC loving kid stuck with a new PC when he started college last fall. He had similar interests to you and preferred a PC for the same reasons.
  • Zach042Zach042 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thank you for your helpful addition to this thread! I am glad to know that although most students use macs, there are those (like me) who prefer PCs. I will follow your advice and go with what I am most comfortable with (PC).
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 973 Member
    Many schools provide laptops to students.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,307 Senior Member
    You may want to check on what tech the school supports, if it matters that you have support. It will be helpful to have a laptop, though.
  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    While many kids have Macs, also consider the classes you plan to take. My kid has a Mac but had issues in his technical classes (AI, CS, Robotics). While these issues weren't insurmountable, they did delay things a bit and required extra research and effort to overcome.
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