I'm an engineering major; I expect to be programming with specialized software. I need portability and power which mac? thanks.

I would like to get an Air since it's really portable and it will suit my present needs, but I would like to know if the Air would still be capable of running VHDL based programs, MATLAB, SPICE..etc. since I will need it to in a few years. I want to purchase a laptop that will last me 5 years or so. If I get an Air can it handle those programs in the future or would it be better to just get a macbook pro longterm? Thanks.

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    Matlab, Spice, Apache, Java, Eclipse, VHDL, etc. do not require vast resources, unlike software used for image or animation rendering. So do not worry too much about your needs.

    I would however, recommend a MacBook Pro. It is not very heavy, yet it holds a lot of power under the hood. I went through my first years of Informatics Engineering with a VAIO SZ. I bought a 13" MBP roughly two years ago. Switching to the Mac was a very good thing.

    You might want to wait for a few months. The 2012 MacBook Pro is supposed to be released shortly. It is said to have retina display and a slim gorgeous form. Trust me, the retina display will be worth it.

    On the other hand, the MB Air only comes in 11 and 13 inch models. The 11" is no good, specially for an engineer. Whereas the MBP has 13, 15, and 17. Wait for a couple of months for the new MBP and get a 15 inch. Trust me, you will love it.

    • Answered by J. David C from Ormond Beach
    • 10/06/2012