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Best computer for engineers

Four years ago I promised a young student a new top-of-the-line iMac when he gradated. He graduates in early June. If no new iMac is released before then, there is no way I will buy him a 2015 computer, which is all that is available now. I need to know if there is another computer that engineers would love.

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Link about that.

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https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/imac/ kicks around the possible future releases.

For me, my engineering work horse is an Asus ROG 15 inch laptop which is a year old now. There are new models in the 1K buck range. What you discover is the powerful laptops tend to be gamers so you look for one that doesn't scream gamer.
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Thank you

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Yes, R. Profitt, I am aware that a new iMac may be out this month or as late as June, too late for me. I am thinking of something in the three thousand dollars or more range.
Here's a question for you and other engineers. If you were graduating this year, what computer or other electronic equipment would you want as a graduation present?

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I can share I never want a 3 thousand dollar computer.

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I get by with 1 to 1 ish K buck laptops and have money to replace it in 2 years as technology speeds along. I know folk that go all in then feel burned in a year or two.

-> Other gear I've used for years? A good Volt meter. I got a nice one over a decade ago that had an extra digit and it's been very useful. I also have a nice oscilloscope but it's not used as much as I like. That is, when I do use it, it shows what is up but many can't justify this item.

If I were to replace the ROG today, their new one with the 1050 video system is on my radar.

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IOU

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Give the student an iou and explain why.
If the student has waited 4 years a few months won't matter.

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Thank you Bob, you have a point. But I would like to have it in time for his graduation on June 6. Of course, I could give him a gift card or something. Do you think the new iMac would be appropriate for an engineer. or can you suggest another machine?

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Suggest.....no

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But you can narrow the choices down a lot with.

1. laptop or desktop?
2. what sort of apps does the student want to run?

Perhaps this student has a desire for some serious gaming.

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I have to write no.

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In my field the iMac would make a poor machine. We have to take our work and show the app or design at the client's office or to a trade show. This among other reasons is why all the engineers are on laptops now.

If they want a big screen, we just add an external display.

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laptop

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I'm getting the message that engineers would want a laptop rather than a desktop. Maybe the MacBook is the way to go.
Thank you for your input and thanks also to Bob.

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Perhaps

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Perhaps you should have a chat with this student to see what they want.

Don't guess.

Your about to drop a load of cash on a machine.

Get the facts before you go shopping.

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Here's the laptop I would replace mine with today.

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you promise, he remembers

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have him pick out the laptop.

something to consider, if he is actually able to find an engineering job after graduation, a lot of companies will supply the laptop. the specs for the laptop should be based on the software that is actually being used.

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Great information

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Thanks to all who replied to my post; I learned a lot.
For example, engineers would probably prefer a laptop; it's probably best to ask him what he wants (after four years of university he might well have changed his mind about computers); and you have made me realize that Apple may not be the best option because many other good choices are out there.
Thanks again for helping me to make better informed decisions.

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