Jun 11, 14 4: You need a machine that can keep up with your thoughts. I learnt the hard way and my work was always far below what I was capable of or planned to get done. Jun 11, 14 6: Jun 11, 14 7: Spend a few dollars on a good 2mm mechanical pencil first. Jun 11, 14 8:
Jun 11, 14 4: You need a machine that can keep up with your thoughts. I learnt the hard way and my work was always far below what I was capable of or planned to get done. Jun 11, 14 6: Jun 11, 14 7: Spend a few dollars on a good 2mm mechanical pencil first. Jun 11, 14 8: Adobe also runs on Windows, not just Mac, so there is no downside to buying a Windows machine.
These machines will be desktops, they will be fast, updated regularly, and maintained well. There is very little reason to use your own machine when you can put yourself in an environment with better equipment and the chance for interaction and idea exchange with other, older, smarter, wiser students and professors.
Jun 11, 14 9: Hmm Jun 11, 14 However, if you ARE really so set on getting a mac, just understand that you need to be prepared to spend money. My university which is not particularly computer oriented has a laptop spec sheet for architecture and what you are considering is not even minimum specs for a year laptop. Be prepared to replace your underpowered mac in about a year and a half or be prepared to spend the money now so you wont have to later.
Jun 11, 14 It went kaput four years later and I bought another one I still had another year to go and I installed Windows on it. To be honest, it really isn't worth the cost, your money is better spent on something else. That being said, I'm a bit snobby so I would and will buy one again. It still works great for day-to-day computing needs 10 yrs later , not sure any of my peers with a PC can say the same.
You do pay a premium and you'll have to way that out. My suggestion is to maximize the school's resources so you don't have to shell out for top of the line. That seems obvious. FWIW I would go for power and speed over screen size, because you could always get an additional monitor later.
Solid state drive, 16gb of RAM, and a copy of windows installed on a bootcamp drive. You'll have a really expensive PC emulator. You won't be able to run Safari and iTunes at the same time without wanting to toss the thing out a window Jun 11, 14 1: Unless you're in grad school?
Then you might be ok. Jun 11, 14 1: I graduated last year, and managed fine with macs No crashes or failures at all, unlike my pc buddies. Also, I only ran bootcamp very rarely for specialist software. It is entirely possible to stay in the osx ecosystem. Cinema 4d is a fantastic alternative. For the first 3. For the last 1. You will likely not last the whole course on your first machine. An alternative would be the relatively good bang for buck imacs You lose some portability, but gain a more workable screen size etc.
So, despite others feedback, if you are keen on the mac dealio- you can do it no worries. Jun 12, 14 3: Just what the op was looking for, one comment to confirm his bias.
It's not worth the extra cash for the fashion statement. Jun 12, 14 8: I did the lightweight stuff on the laptop and outsourced the rest rendering, intense computation etc to my machine at home through a VNC. I ran laps around my classmates with Macbooks and laughed while helping them install windows.
Jun 12, 14 I wish that i had done that instead of buying a macbook pro. If you absolutely must give apple some money, buy an ipad to carry around with you.
Jun 12, 14 2: They are focused mainly on smartphones and tablets. Their desktop OS and apps need serious improvements and instead only get bizarre tweaks like getting rid of "save as" in favor of "duplicate".
The service and repair experience is dreadful unless you love standing around in dirty and crowded Apple stores. Don't waste your money on Apple.
Jun 17, 14 9: In my experience with both machines the 13" display of the MBP is far too small and makes using some architectural software somewhat difficult. Jun 17, 14 The only good thing about my current Macs is that they they connect very well to wireless networks when I travel and the ability to screen grab images via keyboard shortcut is super-useful. If you want to be able to do all the thing architecture school requires, you need a powerful computer. I know how it feels to hate the bulk of Windows laptops.
If you hate it so much, I suggest looking for someone who dropped out, buy their brand new Mac for cheaper and then get a Desktop, it will be worth it. Think about it. PC laptops are great for portability if needed and are a decent price to spec.
An underpowered Mac will mean you having to shell out at least twice. So, whatever you do get the best spec you can now. A decent spec will buy you free time and ultimately as has been said enable you to do the full job in a project. A low spec would be like going in with a blunt pencil.
In any case most Architect practices, particularly the large ones use PC often entirely so might as well get used to it now as a student. Jun 17, 14 1: Don't ever buy a Mac laptop if you actually need to do work. Jun 20, 14 I started dual booting into Windows for my last two semesters, mainly because I wanted to use Grasshopper and V-Ray for Rhino.
Other kids who didn't use Grasshopper and rendered Rhino models with Artlantis or exported from Rhino into Sketchup to render got around having to dual boot. And then some other kids who had Macs mainly used Sketchup as their 3d models. And then of course, if you want to use Revit and you have a Mac you probably would have to use a school PC.
Basically, I am saying that as far as I can tell for a 4 year architecture undergrad you can definitely do well with a Macbook Pro. Really the only make or break factor is running Revit Also, I'm gonna buy a PC for grad school in the Fall, mainly because it supports my desired workflow. Aug 7, 14 1: