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Macbook Pro 15inch (2015) and iPhone 7
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- Thread Starter
- 10-02-2018 15:54
- 10-02-2018 16:07
When did you get your macbook? If it is only recently it should definitely serve you well for uni. Microsoft office isn't a very demanding software to run.
- Thread Starter
- 10-02-2018 16:22
(Original post by xjessicaa)
- 10-02-2018 16:44
I got it in 2016. I've been told that having a lighter and smaller would be better than carrying around my macbook around.
A more middle of your budget option is the Asus ZenBook UX310UA. That laptop is actually predicted to be the "New macbook air" runs window though. It definitely a great laptop for the price range. Although I have heard the keyboard takes some getting used to. Again it will run Microsoft office with no problem. I think this would be the best considering what your usage of it will be.
My final suggestion that's just in your budget is the Dell XPS 13. Same pros as the Asus. It's half the weight of a macbook pro and will have better performance.
If you plan on raising your budget you should have a look for Ultrabooks (laptops designed to be light with high performance) although this may be overkill for your usage.
I hope that helps.
- Community Assistant
- 10-02-2018 20:06
I would normally second the Dell XPS 13 but since you already own a Macbook I see no reason why you need another laptop. Forget what you have been told, is carrying the Macbook for you a problem? It's going to be lighter than or on par with a lot of budget laptops in terms of weight and the only way you'll shave some weight off is to get a proper ultrabook. But even a standard weight laptop that sits around 2Kg is not too heavy to be carrying around with you.
There's no real need for you to get something smaller and lighter to carry around with you when your Macbook is going to do the job just fine. Save your money. If when you get to university you decide that actually you'd prefer something lighter then consider it at that time. But don't waste £1000 on a nice ultrabook just because someone told you that it'd be better to have something lighter and smaller for carrying around at uni.
I can't speka for all courses but university is not like school. You will not find yourself carrying tons of books, papers, etc. where saving every gram counts. Your daily bag might contain your laptop, a notepad and a single textbook if you're unlucky. For lectures and classes, a laptop won't be necessary and odds are there are computers you can use when out and about if carrying your Macbook is for some reason an issue. But in all honesty, if you're not able to deal with carrying a laptop, a textbook or 2 and a notepad daily then I don't think changing the Macbook into an ultrabook will help all that much in the long run. Wait and see if it's actually a problem for you.