Mac laptop for college

January 25, 2011 at 10:07:41
Specs: Windows XP
Daughter will be majoring in music. Mac is known for their graphics but not compatible with other formats. Need suggestions for laptop to meet her needs before buying.

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#1
January 26, 2011 at 13:50:37
I have a Mac Book Pro and I have Microsoft Office for Mac installed which is pretty much compatible with Windows Office. I also run two Windows using Parallel which allows me to run Windows 7 and Windows XP. I would call the university and see what thet recommend and support. They may also give a discount on hardware and software. The MacBook Pro I have allows me to use Skype for keeping intouch, a dvd player for entertainment, Office for word, spreadsheets, e-mail, and itunes for Music. But definitly go with what the college supports as that gives her help when she may need it.

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#2
January 26, 2011 at 13:52:57
I didn't see music till later Mac has some of the best music packages around and comes with GarageBand which is a good start. I would be surprised if the muisc dept doesn't support mac.

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#3
January 31, 2011 at 15:08:42
One fo the great things about mac is that it excles with the graphics/entertainment industry (except for games...). A lot of the music departments in universities will probably use macs almost solely for their equipment, so you shouldn't worry too much about compatibility. Anyways, does she play any games (Like WoW, Starcraft, etc.), or is she more of the Word processor, check her e-mail type? If the former, a 15 or 17 in. macbook pro would probably be your best bet. The latter, then you should be fine with a regular macbook, or, if she would like, a Macbook Air. It depends upon exactly her needs. As long as she doesn't necessarily need perfect internal speakers, the Air is fine. However, speakers are much better on the Macbook and Macbook pro. Again, it depends on what she needs.

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#4
February 8, 2011 at 03:55:25
The MacBook or MacBook Pro may be her best choice as they have the DVD drive and the Air does not. Unfortunately, a lot of music software is distributed via disk rather than downloaded because of the large file size eg. Logic Pro, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live etc. If your daughter is going to use any of these music programs she will need a DVD drive. In saying that, she will probably need a laptop that is portable for lectures etc., so a 13" MacBook Pro would probably be the best choice as it is light and portable and as is made of Aluminium and will be much more rugged than the white plastic MacBook.

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