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Question: Best MacBook to buy for college and work

I currently have a MacBook Pro mid-2012 version, with 500 GB SATA memory and i5 5.2 GHz. After using it for 4 years, my system works well (there are occasional lags), but my trackpad does not work at all (I can get that repaired for $100). I am taking some Python classes right now, so I wanted to get a new MacBook. I am debating between a MacBook (256 GB SSD, 1.3 GHz i5) and a MacBook Pro (128 GB SSD, 2.5 GHz i5). I was wondering if 128 GB storage is quite small, as compared to 500 GB, and if the newer MacBooks have slower processing speed, so what aspect should I focus on as a student, especially for programming classes, and what will also be better for the long-term. I just want to get some guide on what would be the best laptop for me in the $1300 range. I could be misinterpreting this, but from the specifications of the newer laptops it looks to me as if Apple downgraded their products and made them weigh less.

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May 25, 2018 11:26 AM in response to pghgurl In response to pghgurl

the 2012 can be upgraded to 16GB RAM and an SSD

this investment would give you a faster system than what came out of the box when it was new.

If you can get the trackpad repaired it would be a very good platform to code in python.


The new Macbooks are designed for less battery consumption at the cost of power, they are a good mobile device for social media, but for school work I'd go with something else personally.


If you were willing to spend $1300 I'd repair the 2012, max the RAM and the SSD, use the current drive as USB backup, then buy a PC laptop and if you hate windows you can run Unix on just about anything and you can run Python in Unix.


p.s. do not ask me unix questions, I only know if from using Blender and it's all hieroglyphics for me. 🙂

May 25, 2018 11:26 AM

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