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Alternative to Macbook Pro 15inch computer for college ?

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Finding.Replacing

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I'm a Visual Arts major and according to my college, a Macbook pro is required. I do not have that kind of money and for my specific art concentration, I don't need that those specs. I'll just be using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and maybe Microsoft Office. I may use other programs but none too demanding.

 

I found some used ones for under $600 that are older. Battery life is terrible and some have around 320GB of space. I could be missing one so please share. I would just like a computer with at least 4GB or 6GB of ram, 15 inch or 17 inch screen, at least 500GB space or 1TB. It does not have to be an i7 processor if its a Windows computer..Budget under $800.
Not a fan of Windows 8, but it can still be an option.
 

Here is what my college says:

 

Is the 15" MacBook Pro really required, or can I just get the lower-priced MacBook?
We have determined that the MacBook Pro is necessary to keep up with the demanding, processor intensive applications such as Final Cut and Adobe programs.

 

On there site, theses are the only two Macs compatiable for Visual art majors:

 

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Large 15-inch screen. Stunningly fast Intel Core i7 processor. This computer (or higher) is required for Visual Arts majors.


Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Display:

2.2GHz quad core
Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
16GB memory 1600MHz
256GB PCLe-based flash storage
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Built-in battery (8 hours)
AppleCare (+$349 $239)


Apple Retail Price: $1,999
UMBC Price: $1,899

Buy Now

 

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A dedicated graphics card is what allows it to meet the the preferred specs for engineering majors.


Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Display:

2.5GHz quad core
Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz 16GB memory 1600MHz
512GB PCLe-based flash storage
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750Mwith 2GB GDDR5 memory
Built-in battery (8 hours)
AppleCare (+$349 $239)


Apple Retail Price: $2,599
UMBC Price: $2,299

Buy Now

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on what I should do?


Edited by Finding.Replacing, 16 December 2014 - 12:14 AM.

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