Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 12:23 PM (in response to Zeeeyah)
The Macbook pro (non retna) would be my suggestion. You can upgrade the ram and hard drive at a later point as well. I used a MacBook Pro for college and it was more than sufficient to get me by (I was a Business Management major). The difference in weight is very nominal (1.5 lbs approximately). I would advise against stuffing any Mac notebook in a backpack that is filled tight with books as it may put pressure on the screen while it is closed and damage it. Get a messenger bag seperate for the mac to carry it in.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to Zeeeyah)
I would suggest going with the Air. I purchased my MacBook Pro before the retina was released so my MacBook weighs 4.5 pounds. I have one professor that does not allow electronic devices in his class, he also requires the book to come to class EVERY day. I have another class that an ebook is not an option. On the days I have to carry those books and my 4.5 pound MacBook Pro, my back is killing me (I never leave home without my iPad, it's in my backpack also). When I was at community college, the weight didn't bother me (less travel distance between classes at community college). I am at a university now and the campus is much bigger. I am looking to purchase a MacBook Air simply because its lighter than my MacBook Pro. As soon as I can convince my husband, my back will not hurt because of 4.5 pounds. I can't speak on how the 3.57 pound retina display will feel.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 4:27 PM (in response to Zeeeyah)
Your uses don't warrant the more powerful, more expensive MacBook Pro. The Air will work just fine.