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    My son is going into university and wants a Macbook for his grad present. I have no idea what to buy. Recommendations please
    06-05-2014 12:26 PM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    With any computer you want to buy the best you can reasonably afford. You want to get him something transportable so stay away from the largest sizes IMHO. As a parent buying for a student Apple will also offer you a discount, please check out the info at this page.....

    Apple Education Pricing - Discounts for Student, Faculty, and Staff - Apple Store (U.S.)
    06-05-2014 01:05 PM
  3. j7469's Avatar
    If portability is his main concern, I'd go with a Macbook air. It's light, thin, and does most anything a person would want (expect graphic intense games)

    I however just sold my MacBook air for a retina MacBook pro and couldn't be happier. It's not much heavier and the screen is amazing. You lose the tapered edge that's on the Air but that's not a bid deal to me. Speed is impressive and I personally prefer the black bezel on the pro over the aluminum on the Air.

    In closing you really can't go wrong but swing by an Apple store and ask lots of questions.
    06-05-2014 10:39 PM
  4. Speedygi's Avatar
    If portability is his main concern, I'd go with a Macbook air. It's light, thin, and does most anything a person would want (expect graphic intense games)

    I however just sold my MacBook air for a retina MacBook pro and couldn't be happier. It's not much heavier and the screen is amazing. You lose the tapered edge that's on the Air but that's not a bid deal to me. Speed is impressive and I personally prefer the black bezel on the pro over the aluminum on the Air.

    In closing you really can't go wrong but swing by an Apple store and ask lots of questions.
    Plus the MacBook Air more than pulls its weight with battery life, especially for university students who need to keep a laptop running most of the day...
    06-06-2014 12:18 AM
  5. pkcable's Avatar
    Yea the Air is a great choice! My point was you really don't want a 17 inch monstrosity! It does not fit well in a book bag.
    06-06-2014 07:31 AM
  6. HankAZ's Avatar
    Yea the Air is a great choice! My point was you really don't want a 17 inch monstrosity! It does not fit well in a book bag.
    That should not be a problem, as Apple has not made a “17 inch monstrosity” since 2011.
    06-06-2014 08:20 AM
  7. pkcable's Avatar
    That should not be a problem, as Apple has not made a “17 inch monstrosity” since 2011.
    I don't blame them! No one needs a laptop that big! Get a desktop! My recommendation would be the air, that would fit nicely in a book bag and has all the computing power a young student needs! And if you can afford it you can't go wrong with a MacBook Pro either! And make sure to use that link I gave you and follow the instructions as you can get a 200 dollar discount for an educational purchase!
    06-06-2014 11:37 AM
  8. HankAZ's Avatar
    I don't blame them! No one needs a laptop that big! Get a desktop! My recommendation would be the air, that would fit nicely in a book bag and has all the computing power a young student needs! And if you can afford it you can't go wrong with a MacBook Pro either! And make sure to use that link I gave you and follow the instructions as you can get a 200 dollar discount for an educational purchase!
    Agreed. Do you remember the Apple commercial from years gone by for the MacBook (Pro?) that featured Bill Shoemaker and Wilt Chamberlain? Shoe was using his 17” laptop and Wilt had the 13” model.
    06-06-2014 11:51 AM
  9. Algus's Avatar
    Hi,

    The Air series offers greater portability and industry leading battery life. Great in education and office environments. The Pro series offers greater performance and amazing screen resolution. They are excellent as powerhouse media devices and for professionals, particularly those using OS X's professional music and video software.

    I recommend the Air unless his field of study will require high-end professional software such as FinalCut Pro.

    The 11.6" Air is more portable but the 13.3" Air offers a larger screen which many people prefer. Try finding out which he prefers on size.

    If you can afford it, I highly recommend paying for additional RAM and a higher processor. This will ensure the laptop remains a top machine throughout his college career. Many Mac users continue using their devices from 2009-2010 now, in part because Macs are supported very well by Apple with software updates. Storage is less of an issue because you can easily buy external storage to support the Air's on board memory.

    Good luck with your purchase. MacBooks are amazing tools and certainly worth the money.


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    06-08-2014 11:34 AM
  10. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    My son is going into university and wants a Macbook for his grad present. I have no idea what to buy. Recommendations please
    15" MBP with Retina for a student
    It doesn't matter it being heavy or not, he was used to carry heavier books and note books to school before, and the MBP 15" is not that much heavy too.
    I wouldn't buy a 13" MBP or buy a MBA for a student, because of the screen size which is important for students to have on a computer. The retina Option will be a great investment for several years to come too.


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    06-08-2014 01:37 PM

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