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What standard of laptop for 1st year civil engineering student ?
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I’ve been told to get a basic one that runs word, PowerPoint and all that and if you do any computer work you do it on the school computer. Alternatively I’m waiting to hear what my lectures say before buying one
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I did Civil Engineering at University and bought a MacBook Pro in first year which is still going strong! I've had it for 4+ years. As Cole_03 said, a laptop that runs Word, PowerPoint and Excel is fine, until it's not !

The downside is that many programs you'll encounter especially during the later years of the course (such as finite element software) are not available on Mac. You can of course use Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop to run Windows on a Mac but (for me anyway) it is sluggish. There are some software that you may use during your course such as MATLAB which is available on Mac. but you'll find that the majority of them require Windows.

You'll find yourself using Excel a LOT and you'll definitely use AutoCAD (which is available on Mac).
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