Which processor would people recommend when choosing a new Macbook?

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Hello, I am in the final stages of buying a macbook pro 15. I would use this for school in addition with my braille display. My final questions are which processor would work best for my needs, school based elements, book readers, and so on? A 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 or 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7? Based on that how much memory would I need? Finally would I need a blutooth trackpad to use zoom, voice over, and braille display together in no partiular order? Thank you, have a great day!



Submitted by Nathan Stocking on Thursday, June 23, 2016

The two processors are technically different, but the speed difference is not tremendous. Assuming the prices are very different, I would go with the lower one. In terms of ram, it really depends on your use case. Under most use cases, 8 gb is more than sufficient. If you intend to study some types of engineering or higher mathematics where large simulations or virtualizations are present, or if a large degree of big data (E.G. major video editing) is planned, 16 gb could be useful. You do not need a Bluetooth trackpad; there is a trackpad built in to the machine if you want to use it, which will not be required if you would rather use the keyboard.

Submitted by Chris on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why are you buying a MacBook Pro for school? If you just plan on writing documents or PowerPoint presentations, the Air should work just fine and will save you money. If you need it for some kind of graphics class or something, go ahead. I just don't understand why everyone buys the Pro when the Air is more than enough for most daily tasks.

Submitted by Owen7668 on Thursday, June 23, 2016

I'm getting the macbook pro because of the screen realasate. I am at a vision impairedment where screen size is just as important as braille, I'm right in between so getting the 15 inch pro, would give me the most realastate.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hello! i have a macbook air, and i am very happy. to me it's defanatly enough.
I think that for a simple tasks that not manny resources it could be save manny money to averge user like me. this just my nolage.

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Friday, June 24, 2016

I agree, the difference in those two processors isn't much and I don't think the extra money would be worth sinking into the faster of the two. I personally believe in getting as much RAM as you can afford. Although everything may run just fine on 4 or even 8 GB of RAM today, think ahead to what things may be like in a few years. Software and the OS will likely require more memory in the future and getting the most RAM you can afford now will insure you aren't going to outgrow your computer in the near future. I personally want a computer to last more than just a couple of years so I try to think ahead a bit and get a computer that will meet my needs for the foreseeable future.