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Why Macs are Great for College Students

Updated on September 22, 2014

Choosing the Best Mac For College

Having a great computer that works reliably when you are at school is important. That is why many students are looking for the best mac for college this year. The Mac has changed the way most people study and work. The interface is easy to use and they are designed from the operating system to the hardware to be reliable.

Picking out the right Mac won't take very long since there aren't a million versions or models to choose from so it will boil down to just a few things. If you are planning on using the computer to run graphics programs for school then you'll want to consider one of the higher end models. Most students find the laptops to be incredibly useful since they can bring the MacBook with them to class or the library and work on assignments or other things. Desktops work well in dorm rooms as they generally have a larger screen and are convenient. Whichever one you choose, you will probably keep it around through your college years and enjoy all the features it has to offer. Here is more information why the Mac makes great computers for college.

best mac desktop for college
best mac desktop for college

Apple IMac Desktop

The all-in-one solution

The iMac features a lot of goodies in this space saving solution. It comes with super fast processing speed, a built in camera for FaceTime, and excellent graphics capability all packed into a desktop that doesn't clutter up the desk. The great part about desktops is that you can easily upgrade if you need it to operate even faster. It comes in two sizes, the 21.5 inch or the 27 inch (both sizes display a resolution as good as an HDTV).

Apple IMac 21.5 inch Desktop (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive)

Apple IMac 21.5 inch Desktop (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 and 1TB hard drive)

Apple IMac 27 inch Desktop (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 and 1TB hard drive)

Apple IMac 27 inch Desktop (3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 and 1TB hard drive)

Features and Specs:

- 500GB or 1TB hard drive


- A backlit LED Display featuring resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels

- High performance AMD graphics processor for running design programs, games, or editing video

- Wireless N WiFi networking

- 4 USB ports (easy to connect additional drives, etc.)

- Stereo speakers that are built in and are amplified

- Bluetooth to connect cell phones, headsets, or keyboards/mice

- Comes with wireless mouse and wireless keyboard

- Great software included like GarageBand, IMovie, IPhoto, and IWeb

Check out the full list of features and specs here

Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
Apple MacBook Pro Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro

The laptop that does it all

The new MacBook Pro has been greatly improved since the last version to include an increase in speed for the memory and processor. The graphics processing has also boosted performance by around 60% from previous generations of this laptop making videos, games and FaceTime look smooth. The benefits of having a laptop such as this is the ability to take it with you wherever you go (including trips, back home during school breaks, the library or coffee shop, or a friends house).

The MacBook Pro is made of a durable aluminum case to help protect the computer from wear and tear. It come WiFi and Bluetooth ready. When on the go, it provides up to 7 hours of battery life. This laptop has an integrated HD camera on the front for making FaceTime calls to friends, family or school projects.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive)

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 and 750GB hard drive)

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive)

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch with Retina Laptop (2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 and 256GB hard drive)

Features and Specs:

- LED glossy backlit screen

- 500GB or 1TB storage

- Integrated HD Camera for FaceTime

- Long life battery (up to 7 hours)

- Lightweight and easily transportable

- WiFi and Bluetooth enabled

Apple IPad 3rd Gen
Apple IPad 3rd Gen

Apple IPad 3rd Generation

The best tablet out there and the ideal Mac for college student life

There are some great benefits to having a tablet. They can basically do most of the simple tasks that laptops do but they are ultra portable and have a touch screen. The IPad 3rd Gen can be set up with all the great things that make it operate like your typical laptop (such as a keyboard, stand, and other peripherals). There are even some cool features we'll see below that make it a handy tool to have in college.

Apple's IPad 3 can take photos and record video. This feature can be used to capture moments during a college sports game, record a project for class, or simply while having fun with friends. There is also the ability to download a ton of apps in the ITunes store, and use it as a portable reader during your spare time.

Apple IPad 3rd Generation Tablet

Features and Specs:

- HD video recording in 1080p

- 5MP camera

- Bluetooth and WiFi enabled

- Super fast 1GHz dual core processor

- Retina display

- Long battery life of up to 10 hours

IPad 3 Review Video

Getting the best Mac for a college student can really help them be more productive. They also make great Christmas gifts. Do you have a friend or relative in college that needs a Mac?

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