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Recommend macbook

Hello,
I’m studying AI and data science in september this year but i’m unsure which model of MacBook to go for? not even sure about screen size yet
Please let me know if you get any advice or opinions.
get an m3 pro or m2 pro
Reply 2
Original post by aqmeraamirr
get an m3 pro or m2 pro

Would 16 inches be too much? or would 14 inches be fine
Original post by Josh0001
Hello,
I’m studying AI and data science in september this year but i’m unsure which model of MacBook to go for? not even sure about screen size yet
Please let me know if you get any advice or opinions.

Hi
i think 14 inches is enough
Reply 5
(edited 1 month ago)
I'm a little bit disappointed. That you as a forthcoming Data Science student are considering spending two and half thousand pounds on a laptop to support your studies.

If I were looking to employ a data science specialist for a project and I had 2 roughly equally good candidates and one of them had spent £2500 on a macbook pro whilst the other had spent £150 on a used business laptop on which they'd installed Linux, I know which of the 2 I'd have more faith and trust in.

How about applying some logical thinking to this investment decision?

Starting with the size. By establishing your mobility profile. Will you be carrying the laptop around campus a lot with you? Will you take it on the bus or train a lot with you? Or will it mostly be transported in the back of your car? Are you built like a rugby prop forward? Or are you of a more normal build?

Followed by the platform. Windows, MacOs or Linux? Why pick MacOS over Linux?

In some ways the £2500 macbook pro is a great laptop. But come on! The price! Soldered RAM and SSD! Glued in battery! The whole thing is designed to extract more money from you in 3 to 5 years time, after milking you of a huge wad of cash now.
Reply 7
I would buy a 14 inch m2 pro. Covers all bases. I would also step up the RAM a decent amount because you will require a large amount of storage etc. so lots of RAM will keep performance high.

I am currently using the 13-inch M2 from 2022 (when M2 was released just after my GCSEs) and I'm very happy with it.

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