Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Computer choice for university

Computer choice for university

Computer choice for university

I will start the first year of my bachelor in chemical engineering next year. I am looking to buy an Apple computer, I would like to know which one is more apropriate or necessary for university and for my future job between these models? :

Macbook air with i7 (2,0 Ghz up to 3,2 Ghz) processor option
Macbook pro with retina display with standard i5 (2,6 Ghz up to 3,2 Ghz) processor
Macbook pro with retina display and i7 (3,0 Ghz up to 3,7 Ghz) processor option

Thank you.

RE: Computer choice for university

This probably is not what you want to hear, but every Chemical Company I have worked for (3) and every Engineering Contractor I've worked with (many), used PCs.

Good luck,

Need help writing a question or understanding a reply? forum1529: Translation Assistance for Engineers

RE: Computer choice for university

Thank you, I can install windows on a mac, this not an issue, the answer I was looking for is if a more powerfull processor is necessary or if I would spend more money for nothing?

Thank you

RE: Computer choice for university

I really don't think that personal computer choice is relevant to your course or to your future job prospects. If you really need a personal computer for your coursework then just get the cheapest model available and spend the rest on books that are required reading for your course. You wont be running complex simulation software on it and you will only need it for report writing, maybe some spreadsheets for optimisation work and web browsing for collection of reference material. Even this assumes that your university doesn't provide adequate computer facilities and library access or that you really need to write up coursework at home rather than on campus. Things that you really need to worry about are financing yourself through the year and passing exams. If you really want to buy something useful get a scientific calculator, good quality pads of paper and some pens which are comfortable to write with. Good luck with your studies.

RE: Computer choice for university

Since this site is for practicing engineers this post will close. But before it does sandy nailed it. Apple users are advanced gamers and snobs.

RE: Computer choice for university

I thought you were going to complain about the university that your computer picked for you to apply to for admission. Before you go to university, you might try practicing phrasing your questions in manners that can be more easily understood.

I'll side with Dcasto. Plus add, the higher the GHz (capital H), the worse they are.

Independent events are seldomly independent.

RE: Computer choice for university

Thank you.

RE: Computer choice for university



The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn't included in this version of Windows.

RE: Computer choice for university

Abacus would be good.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

RE: Computer choice for university

I tend to disagree. I'm a fan of good tools. Engineers quickly get into processor intensive work. Establish your budget and then buy the absolute biggest and best thing you can afford. You won't regret it. Buy some junk and you'll be kicking yourself when it craps out on you when you least need it. Whatever you get, you will reach it's limits quicker than you expect. Buying better tools just means replacing them less often, with less aggravation at it's end of useful life.

RE: Computer choice for university

The problem with expensive stuff is that theft is always a potential menace in dormitories. Slide rules anybody?

RE: Computer choice for university

Whatever yu buy will probably be obsolete by the ttime you graduate anyway

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close