1. Hackaveli's Avatar
    Help trying to get a Mac book

    I will be a freshmen in college next year. So that means i will be doing a lot of papers and other stuff in that genre of college life.

    Is retina display worth giving up a i7 processor?



    Thanks for your input.
    06-02-2013 06:30 AM
  2. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    In my opinion if you are not going to use this for doing any graphics and watching live action I would go with the Regular Mac Book Pro. Good luck in school.
    Fausty82 and Hackaveli like this.
    06-02-2013 06:41 AM
  3. NPBeck79's Avatar
    I would suggest that you take advantage of the education specials that apple makes to college students. Have you checked this? http://aos.prf.hn/click/camref:1100l...findyourschool

    In addition, I read somewhere (google it cuz I don't remember where) that now the MacBook Pro (non retina) is offered $100 less for college students. It sounds like a good deal as well.

    Since you will be mainly using it for education purposes, I am guessing that you will need some extra storage. That being said, the MacBook Pro sounds like a good deal (both performance and budget wise).
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    06-02-2013 07:35 AM
  4. Fausty82's Avatar
    In my opinion if you are not going to use this for doing any graphics and watching live action I would go with the Regular Mac Book Pro. Good luck in school.
    Why spend the money on a feature that you will not use? Remember, you’re now a financially challenged college kid.
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    06-02-2013 09:20 AM
  5. abazigal's Avatar
    An entry level MacBook Air should fit your needs just fine.
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    06-02-2013 06:50 PM
  6. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    As a person just getting into college, start on a good path by avoiding overkill financially...that is exactly what the retina display macbook pro would be for you. In my opinion, I personally think you should think about a few things when it comes to the "right" macbook...

    - Longevity
    - Durability
    - Cheap maintenance

    ...as a freshman, you're going to want a machine that gives you some years without much invested. Sure...you could get the retina display and the apple care warranty extension and spend $1,500-$2,000. Or you could get yourself an awesome 2011/2012 non-retina display model, have the ability to do some big time upgrades to it, retain the ability to replace internal pieces relatively cheap and have MASSIVE internal storage potential (which will be important for you in college).

    That would be my suggestion...or just go all out, throw care to the wind and get a brand spanking new retina display model. Now that you're unlatching from your parents teet (hopefully)...making your own decisions, you will find, is quite liberating.
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    06-02-2013 07:35 PM
  7. mulasien's Avatar
    ..making your own decisions, you will find, is quite liberating.
    Paying for those decisions, on the other hand, not so much .

    I speak from experience.
    06-03-2013 11:10 AM
  8. mulasien's Avatar
    Help trying to get a Mac book

    I will be a freshmen in college next year. So that means i will be doing a lot of papers and other stuff in that genre of college life.

    Is retina display worth giving up a i7 processor?



    Thanks for your input.
    Since you need neither a retina display nor an i7 processor to write lots of papers, the decision then is which of those unnecessary 'luxuries' do you want to pay for? Or better yet, save your money.

    SeanHRCC's response is spot on. I recommend his advice.
    Hackaveli likes this.
    06-03-2013 11:12 AM

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