Buying a MacBook as a student? 5 things you need to know in advance!

The academic year has started again and studying is a bit easier with a good laptop at home. How else are you going to write your thesis or take notes during lectures? Do you want to buy a MacBook as a student? We are happy to explain to you what you should pay attention to!

A MacBook is a good choice as a study buddy, because the laptop is extremely user-friendly. If you also have an iPhone or iPad at home, you will see that these devices work well with each other. In addition, MacBooks have a good battery life and are less susceptible to viruses. And not unimportant: MacBooks look good!

Buying a MacBook as a student: you need to know this

What should you pay attention to when buying a MacBook? It is especially important that you know what you are using the device for. Do you only use it for school or do you want to play games on it occasionally? Are you looking for a size that is as small as possible, so that it fits easily in your bag or do you want a lot of screen space? Here are five things you should know before buying a MacBook for college.

#1 Screen size and portability

As you probably know, Apple offers two flavors: the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. With the two models you can choose from other screen sizes. If you’re looking for a small but nice laptop, you’ll quickly end up with the MacBook Air. Thanks to the smaller screen size of 13.3-inch (2020) or 13.6-inch (2022) and the thin design, the device is easy to take to the lecture hall.

The MacBook Pro is slightly more robust and is available with a 13.3-inch, 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch display. If you are interested in a larger screen, then the MacBook Pro is actually the only option if you are looking for an Apple laptop.

On your favorite website. (Image: Mark Hoffman / OMT)

#2 Lightning fast processor

Once you’ve decided what size laptop you want, the next question is how much power you need. If you only use the laptop to surf the internet and to take notes, then you don’t have to exaggerate with the specifications. The new MacBooks are equipped with an M1 or M2 processor from Apple. These are more than good enough for everyday tasks.

However, if you are following a creative study, you need a lot higher specifications to be able to work properly with programs from Adobe Creative Cloud or with Final Cut Pro. The 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max chip is worth considering.

#3 As much RAM and storage as possible

The next question is how much RAM you choose. The more of this internal memory you have, the faster your laptop can process data. For basic usage like surfing the web, watching Netflix, and taking notes, the 8GB RAM that Apple offers at a minimum is more than enough. It’s not possible to add more RAM at a later date, so check how much you think you’ll need before purchasing.

The 256GB of storage that Apple offers as standard is probably not enough for many people in the long run. On the other hand, 2TB is again too much of a good thing. If you ultimately opted for too little storage, you can always opt for external storage or use iCloud.

MacBook Pro (2021)
MacBook Pro M1. (Image: Mark Hoffman / OMT)

#4 Protection

Are you sure which MacBook suits you best? Before you bring your new best friend into your home, it is useful to take a look at how you will protect the laptop against scratches and fall damage. These beautiful devices can take a little knock, but are more vulnerable than they seem. To protect your brand new MacBook, it’s best to buy a cover and maybe even a screen protector. If someone accidentally trips over your bag, at least you know your MacBook is protected as best it can.

#5 Student discount

Student life is sometimes hard enough, but the MacBook isn’t exactly cheap either. Fortunately, Apple offers a special education discount for students. Every knuckle is taken. Before you directly buy a MacBook with a student discount, it is useful to check with other online sellers what prices they are asking now. Sometimes one of those stores has a nice promotion running, so that you spend a few tens less. Can you still go out for an extra night!

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