I’ll be doing Computer Science next year and I’m thinking of opting for the 2018 13inch MacBook Pro. It’s small and light which is great for taking to lectures and it’s a lot more powerful than last years due to the 2 extra cores and RAM(otherwise I would’ve opted for the 15inch). I’m a little disappointed it’s only got integrated graphics though rather than the RX chips in the new 15”, although I don’t suppose that’ll affect me much due to the nature of the CS course, as in no video editing, gaming etc.
Of course USB-C Dongles are going to be a pain but honestly it doesn’t even bother me, and I’m thinking it might actually be a good move as I’m seeing more and more devices coming with USB-C and thunderbolt support which is great.
My reasoning with going for Apple is I like the OS, the SSD’s in the MacBooks are BLAZING fast, personally find the butterfly keyboard really nice to use (not a common opinion), and I’ve seen people going around with 6/7 year old MacBooks and they’re still perfectly happy with the performance of them which is excellent.
I’ve used Windows Laptops/Desktops all my life and the only problems I have with them is constant Windows Updates (infuriating), and on the Laptop side, hardware tends to degrade/die (especially the battery) after about 2 years in all my experiences. Also used a handful of Laptops running Ubuntu which takes away the Windows Updates annoyance but the same hardware issues as usual. And going with Apple seems to be a smart move as it may actually be more cost effective to buy an expensive MacBook now and have it last 2/3x longer than a slightly less expensive laptop of which I’d have to buy or upgrade (getting harder to nowadays) multiple times.
This is all my reasoning and justification, at the end of the day it comes down to what you can afford / prefer, as long as it’s powerful enough.
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