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What laptop should I get for a biochemistry(pharmacy) major at UT?

OoovooOOoovooO Registered User Posts: 420 Member
Right now I'm stuck between a Macbook Pro and an HP. I realize biochem/pharmacy majors don't really need the Macbook Pro, but I've heard they last much longer and are less prone to viruses. Also, do any majors at UT require a certain brand of laptops? Because I've been told several colleges do this.
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Replies to: What laptop should I get for a biochemistry(pharmacy) major at UT?

  • liu02bhsliu02bhs - Posts: 657 Member
    PCs are better because the school runs on Windows. It makes compatibility a non-issue. You can run windows emulators on mac, but you'll have issues. I would recommend looking into a Lenovo ThinkPad. Those are solid workhorse laptops that can stand up the daily abuse of being carried around, and are light weight.
  • OoovooOOoovooO Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    So do the majority of students at UT use PC laptops? I've been told by someone that goes there that there are more Macbook users than PC users...
    And another question: would it be better to buy my laptop now (I'm a graduating high school senior), or should I wait until after summer? Cause I heard UT offers some good laptop deals for incoming students.
  • zlczlc Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    Wait until August. Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, etc. all have "back to school" specials on all brands. Apple has specials that even apply to discounted computers you can buy from the Campus Computer Store https://webstore.hied.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CampusComputer.woa They also sell Dell and HPs at discounted rates.

    Mac or PC, you can get some GREAT deals on software too.

    Computer choice varies by major -Comm school, Fine Arts, and Education majors lean towards Macs. Engineers are more likely to use PCs. It really is a personal choice though. Most software is available on either platform and there are plenty of computer labs if you ever have to use software you don't have.
  • XcelleratorXcellerator Registered User Posts: 1,678 Senior Member
    UT doesn't require any brand of laptop. Just buy the one you like. I see a LOT of people on campus with Macbooks. You can't go wrong with a PC either. You won't really need a certain laptop for Biochem (assuming you'll stick with it)...
  • OoovooOOoovooO Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    Do you know which (Mac or PC) is preferred among students?
  • classywireclassywire Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    I always see far more Macs than PCs in my classes. I'd say it's 75% Mac and 25% PC.
  • eaglemom10eaglemom10 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    Find out which platform is customary in your preferred occupation and get used to using that platform. If you are in the sciences, you might want a Linux based machine.
  • ohmyghosh09ohmyghosh09 Registered User Posts: 261 Junior Member
    Get an alienware pc. Stuff is legit
  • PinataPinata Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
  • OoovooOOoovooO Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    What is the preferred laptop choice (Mac or PC) of students in the College of Natural Sciences? Anyone know? Cause aren't Macs usually more popular with English and Liberal Arts type majors as opposed to Science and Business majors?
  • OoovooOOoovooO Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    Oh, and I happened to come across an article stating that in 2002, several schools in UT Austin were REQUIRED to purchase Macbooks (here is the link to the article: University Of Texas Colleges Require Students To Have "Apple Laptops" | News | The Mac Observer). Did this actually happen? And is it still enforced today?
  • eaglemom10eaglemom10 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    S is accepted to CS in CNS. Why not call the advisor for pharmacy and just ask? I know they get these questions a lot.
  • ldmom06ldmom06 Registered User Posts: 5,564 Senior Member
    At the CNS and Engineering VIP sessions, faculty stated students were not required to buy a computer at all, and that the university had so many computing centers students could function without owning a laptop or desktop. So I highly doubt a specific type of computer would be required. However, if I were spending the money to purchase a computer, I would make sure it is the best machine for my major. So, I would agree with eaglemom, call your department for a recommendation.
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