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    Hi, I'm loooking at getting a MacBook for starting uni in 2017. Are MacBooks suitable for use in a geography degree? Obviously I know I can get MS Office on it, but what about software like GIS and other such software? Anyone know what sort of software will be used?

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    (Original post by abrack)
    Hi, I'm loooking at getting a MacBook for starting uni in 2017. Are MacBooks suitable for use in a geography degree? Obviously I know I can get MS Office on it, but what about software like GIS and other such software? Anyone know what sort of software will be used?

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    Any software that you will be required to use will be installed on departmental computers so you can get away with getting a MacBook Air. Of course, you are making a trade-off with power for portability but if that's a trade-off you're willing to make then that's fine. A lot of students used MacBook Airs.
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    I don't have a MacBook Air, but I'm doing a Geoscience degree and I have been fine with a regular laptop. As long as you're able to write essays, make powerpoints etc on it then you should be fine, because any specialist software you'll use (e.g. ArcGIS, Multispec etc) will be available on the computers within the subject department, and may also be on the library computers too
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    In general unless you are doing a technically intensive course, any laptop will be sufficient in terms of power. As far as specialist software goes, generally you cna expect things to be supported on Windows and Mac although the assume is generally to cater towards Windows. Of course if anything isn't available university systems will be available.

    If you want to find out if a specific piece of software is supported then you can simply Google it. You can also contact your university and ask them directly. They'll be able to make recommendations.

    Realisitcally speaking a £200 Chromebook will suit you just fine (and by extension you don't need a laptop as all your work can be done via university systems). Instead it'd be better to determine exactly what you want a laptop for and get something appropriate. If for example you found that your laptop is mainly being used for streaming Netflix and writing assignments then you'd benefit from another laptop due to the Airs poor screen resolution. If you find that actually you need to do more advanced stuff then a laptop with beefier hardware may be required. Look at all your requirements and then start looking at options.
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    It depends how it did in it's A-levels.
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    Thank you, everyone! I don't have it yet.
 
 
 
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