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Which MacBook Pro model is Best for Students?

First off, congratulations on making it to college! It’s time to get those binders and highlighters ready for a new slew of subjects you’re about to take. But more than just a new environment and new people, you’ll need new tools to get you through every school year, one of which is your laptop.

A MacBook Pro is the best choice for school because it has all the features you might need to turn out any type of work. For instance, it’s the perfect laptop for design students because of the editing apps specifically available for Apple plus the high definition graphics that come with the Mac. At the same time, Macs are more portable than some of the other laptops in the market.

It just boils down to which Apple Macbook Pro to choose. Let’s explore the factors you need to consider and the different models to choose from.

Find out your curriculum requirements

A student studying communication arts is going to need different hardware from someone studying biology. What you can do is look at your syllabus and anticipate the apps and specs you’ll need to finish projects in different subjects. Next is to ask the department what software they require students to use learn about the processor speed, RAM, and storage space suggestions for it to work. Use these details to help you choose which Macbook Pro to use because, while any model can meet the suggested specs, there are models that come with its own quirks.

Thanks to virtual machines and Apple Bootcamp, a Mac can run on Windows. So if there is software that runs specifically on Windows or if it’s just a preference of yours, MacBooks can still pretty much cater to what you need.

MacBook Pro models to choose from

Not only are Macs highly portable, but its intuitive operating system and the inter-device connectivity makes it more useful and reliable. Here are some of the models you can choose from.

MacBook Pro 13”

When it comes to the newest features, the Apple MacBook Pro 13” is just packed with powerful technology. It comes with a force-touch touchpad and powerful hardware. Iterations of this model come with the 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation and the 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation, both with the Intel Core i5 processor. In terms of Thunderbolt ports, it only has four so you might need to buy dongles if needed. The MacBook Pro 13” works really fast, perfect for students who do more than just browsing the web and writing reports.

MacBook Pro Retina 13”

This iteration comes with the high-density retina display and different kinds of ports like two Thunderbolts, MagSafe 2, two USB 3, SDXC card reader, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It is also the only Macbook to feature an HDMI port. It’s very lightweight and has around 10 hours worth of battery.

MacBook Pro 15”

The MacBook Pro 15” features a 2.6GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz. It also has a Touch Bar and Touch ID, a Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and four Thunderbolt ports. However, it’s bulkier in size and might be difficult to lug around campus. However, with the extra two inches of screen, film and graphics students might find this more convenient.

It all boils down to what you might need to finish all your school work. So consider the curriculum and the syllabus when you shop for a Macbook.

*This is a collaborative post*

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