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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 05-Apr-12 10:57:03
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Calling maths and engineering geeks: Apple or Windows?


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I want to finance a laptop for a teenager who’s taking maths and further maths A-level three years early. She hopes to study either pure maths or maths with engineering at university. She has the use of the family PC and web access but has nothing of her own despite studying ICT at school. Which would be more appropriate both for educational purposes and the obvious fun this teen gets from “playing” with maths online? An Apple laptop or a Windows OS model?

Thanks in advance

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Thu 05-Apr-12 11:21:47
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Re: Calling maths and engineering geeks: Apple or Windows?


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there's a much bigger software ecosystem for Windows. Specialist stuff for maths or engineering is usually windows based.

Mac stuff tends to be creative / arty.

So Windows, but you can run that on a Mac too. A lot cheaper to buy a windows laptop than Apple hardware though.

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:05:23
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There's no real advantage to using a Mac and educational software is more likely to run on Windows. If you are feeling generous, get her a high-end Windows lappy with plenty of memory and a copy of Mathematica Student Edition.

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Standard User camieabz
(sensei) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:09:55
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A couple of points.

With which platform does she have experience? There might be a learning curve if choosing the less familiar.

Also, consider a tablet, if it would be more appropriate or helpful. Easier to carry around and hide.

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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:21:41
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Home: Windows PC
School: Windows PC and Apple
Standard User greenglide
(member) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:23:40
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And Microsoft software from www.software4students.co.uk has always been a good buy but the most amazing deals have just been ended by MicroSoft. They say they are working on a replacement deal.

My daughter's copy of Office 2010 Professional cost £40.00 (and my copy was £9 through my employer's site licence deal!!! This is available to most large companies who have a site licence).

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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:24:15
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Windows or Apple? Why not ask her? If you surprise her, she may not get what she wants or needs.

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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:24:17
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Thanks! I want her to have her pick of lappies but I’m eyeing up a Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U Ultrabook (6 Gigs RAM) for myself and wonder whether that would be appropriate. Portability is an issue.

EDIT: Ah I don't think it has an optical drive...forget it!

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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:29:20
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The laptop will not be a surprise. I'm not qualified to judge what wouklld be the best option- hence my asking for a bit of advice here. She'll get her pick but I have to know it's appropriate for what is most important regarding maths studies/maths based games.
Standard User scopio
(newbie) Thu 05-Apr-12 12:46:11
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In reply to a post by ARD:
The laptop will not be a surprise. I'm not qualified to judge what wouklld be the best option- hence my asking for a bit of advice here. She'll get her pick but I have to know it's appropriate for what is most important regarding maths studies/maths based games.


I'm not going to advice you, frankly because I'm not that qualified, what I will do is congratulate you and especially you daughter for such a keen interest in maths, which so many kids today shy away from.
So well done to your daughter!
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