Which MacBook is suitable for Technical and IT students?
Do you fit this profile?
Are you studying IT to become a software engineer, information analyst, or an IT administrator? Or are you enrolled in a technical course such as Space Technology or Engineering? That means you attend lectures, work on projects, and do one or more internships. For your studies, you use graphics programs like SolidWorks to create 3D models or Xcode to program with. Other programs for technical students include Adobe Suite, Maple, and AutoCAD.
|Processor||i7 or i9||Demanding programs run more smoothly with a powerful processor such as the Intel Core i7 or the Intel Core i9.|
|RAM||16GB||When you do a lot at a time, you need enough RAM|
|Storage||512GB or more||With 512GB, you have enough storage to store files locally|
|Video card||Shared or dedicated||Do you often create 3D models in programs like AutoCAD? You need a dedicated video card.|
|Screen size||13 or 16 inches||When you're often on the go, 13 inches is comfortable. A 16-inch screen is slightly more comfortable to work on and more accurate|
|Software||Demanding (graphics) programs||For example Xcode, Adobe Suite, Maple, and VirtualBox|
When you add together all of these specifications, you get an Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage capacity. You can use demanding programs such as AutoCAD without problems. You'll also work comfortably on the large screen.
RAM and storage
When it comes to programming, the memory your MacBook is key. The software you program with uses a lot of memory. Do you also multitask a lot? You'll need at least 16GB RAM for all your tasks. Coding and programming doesn't require much memory, so 256GB is more than enough for that. Unless you also want to store large 3D models. Choose 512GB in that case, or buy an external storage device.
For graphics programs like AutoCAD, you need a good video card. We call this a dedicated video card. A dedicated video card has RAM of its own, which your MacBook uses for graphic tasks such as rendering 3D models. If you don't run graphics programs and spend most of the time coding, this won't be necessary. Choose a shared video card instead. Keep in mind that you can only find dedicated video cards for the MacBook Pro 16 inches. All other models use shared video cards.
Which screen size you choose depends on your requirements. If you don't use graphics programs often and if easy transport is especially important to you, choose a 13-inch model. Do you need a dedicated video card, because you often run graphics software? Choose the 16-inch model. If you find a larger screen more comfortable to work with, also choose the 16-inch model. This 2kg model is less easy to transport, though.