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    Please comment down below which macbook is better for college. I need some suggestions based on all the MacBooks configurations. Please do not suggest me any Windows laptop. I'm talking about Macbook specifically.
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    Please comment down below which macbook is better for college. I need some suggestions based on all the MacBooks configurations. Please do not suggest me any Windows laptop. I'm talking about Macbook specifically.
    It makes no difference unless you're doing something special with it in which case you will know what spec you need. Generally I think these things are a massive waste of money but oh well.
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    Please comment down below which macbook is better for college. I need some suggestions based on all the MacBooks configurations. Please do not suggest me any Windows laptop. I'm talking about Macbook specifically.
    I think the 2015 pro version is probably the best, the 2017 model with the touch bar is useless and overpriced. Im assuming you won’t be doing any video editing so if you’re just casually browsing the web and making presentations then the pro will be enough
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    What about the 12 inch Macbook is it any good? Video editing is not part of my workflow.
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    I would recommend the pro, the MacBook is a waste of money really, the pro allows you to do nearly anything you need mine is a 13” late 2013 2.6ghz 256gb SSD 8gb ram does everything from web browsing to app development or video editing in FCP X. The base level MacBook Pro will do virtually everything just remember to make any upgrades you want at time of purchase as you can’t do them later
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    It makes no difference unless you're doing something special with it in which case you will know what spec you need. Generally I think these things are a massive waste of money but oh well.
    Agreed. Macbooks are far too overpriced for what you actually get.

    In this scenario I wouldn't even be bothering with a Macbook. The average student at college is writing essays and checking Facebook. They'll get by with an entry level Macbook Air. Anything more than that is a total waste of money as it'll never get utilised.

    They don't want Windows laptops but in terms of value for money and user experience they'd be best off buying a cheap Windows machine and installing a Linux distro over it. It could even be one that looks like MacOS if necessary.
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    Ok. So I have no problem with money. It just that I want to know which suit me the best. Next, for MBP user, will the MBP Pro be heavy to be carry around?? Since I am a student, will be walking a lot around campus. So yeah...
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Agreed. Macbooks are far too overpriced for what you actually get.

    In this scenario I wouldn't even be bothering with a Macbook. The average student at college is writing essays and checking Facebook. They'll get by with an entry level Macbook Air. Anything more than that is a total waste of money as it'll never get utilised.

    They don't want Windows laptops but in terms of value for money and user experience they'd be best off buying a cheap Windows machine and installing a Linux distro over it. It could even be one that looks like MacOS if necessary.
    So you're saying that MB Air is faster than Macbook?
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Agreed. Macbooks are far too overpriced for what you actually get.

    In this scenario I wouldn't even be bothering with a Macbook. The average student at college is writing essays and checking Facebook. They'll get by with an entry level Macbook Air. Anything more than that is a total waste of money as it'll never get utilised.

    They don't want Windows laptops but in terms of value for money and user experience they'd be best off buying a cheap Windows machine and installing a Linux distro over it. It could even be one that looks like MacOS if necessary.
    OP explicitly mentioned they only want a macbook.
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    So you're saying that MB Air is faster than Macbook?
    No, I'm saying it's better value for money. If you just want the fastest device then odds are you'll want a Macbook Pro with top end specs. But it'd be a total waste of money. A Macbook Air is more likely to be better value for money. There's no reason to get the fastest device when you won't use it to its full potential. The Pro would be a total waste of your money unless you're doing something that actually requires the performance. An i5, 8GB of RAM model Air is more than enough for the average college student
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    (Original post by HateOCR)
    OP explicitly mentioned they only want a macbook.
    Hence why my recommendation was a Macbook Air. I simply also mentioned that in terms of value for money a Linux based machine is also an option. Because most people that only want Macs or only want Windows and don't want to hear about the other usually aren't aware that Linux is a thing. It'd be the best option but not something I'd recommend, that recommendation goes to the Air.
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    Ok. So I have no problem with money. It just that I want to know which suit me the best. Next, for MBP user, will the MBP Pro be heavy to be carry around?? Since I am a student, will be walking a lot around campus. So yeah...
    The MacBook Pro is still extremely light compared to most laptops, it's just not quite as light as the MacBook. Most of your classmates will be lugging around a basic 15" Windows machine, just like all of us did before the ultrabook revolution kicked off. Unless you're buying a 17" brick of a laptop or are a particularly delicate breed of human, a laptop is not going to be "too" heavy.

    (Original post by Acsel)
    In this scenario I wouldn't even be bothering with a Macbook. The average student at college is writing essays and checking Facebook. They'll get by with an entry level Macbook Air. Anything more than that is a total waste of money as it'll never get utilised.
    While I agree that they're not going to fully utilise a more expensive laptop, the Air is essentially a 2015 laptop being sold at the same price point as a 2017 ultrabook from any other manufacturer. The user doesn't seem to be fussed by the expense at all, so I'd rather spend the extra to get a laptop that isn't already two years behind the curve.

    They don't want Windows laptops but in terms of value for money and user experience they'd be best off buying a cheap Windows machine and installing a Linux distro over it. It could even be one that looks like MacOS if necessary.
    Odds are if they can't evaluate the options to make their own laptop decision, is worried a MBP is going to be too heavy, and are completely unwilling to consider anything but Apple, they aren't going to keen on the idea of buying a Windows machine just to install a OS they've probably never heard of on it.
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    Ok. So I have no problem with money. It just that I want to know which suit me the best. Next, for MBP user, will the MBP Pro be heavy to be carry around?? Since I am a student, will be walking a lot around campus. So yeah...
    The new pro models are quite light and don’t weigh much, someone on my course has the new 2017 13” MBP with Touch Bar and its about the same weight as my iPad Pro and Keyboard
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    (Original post by willievpaul)
    Please comment down below which macbook is better for college. I need some suggestions based on all the MacBooks configurations. Please do not suggest me any Windows laptop. I'm talking about Macbook specifically.
    They're both on par really. But I'd be leaning towards the MBP, as if I was spending all that money I'd go for the Pro.

    As Acsel said as well, the MacBook Air should be something you'd also look into; but if you're wanting a newer laptop then I'd say the Pro.
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    Seriously most laptops are pretty light these days I have a hp and it's decent you can put any OS on a laptop.
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    (Original post by Dodo0099)
    you can put any OS on a laptop.
    Not when it comes to OS X. Even if you buy a laptop that's been extensively vetted and has guides in place from places like TM86, getting 100% functionality and 100% stability is almost impossible. It's enough of a minefield with carefully chosen desktop configurations, never mind with laptops running proprietary and unchangeable components.
 
 
 
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