The Health Science Center requires at least 256 GB of storage.
This means any configuration laptop with at least 256 GB of storage should suit your college needs. We recommend looking into the 11"/13" MacBook Air, 12" MacBook, 13" MacBook Pro, or 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Since each of these models has something great to offer, we have broken down the features of each to make it easier for you to choose the best model for your preference.
Please note: these are only suggestions to help you choose the best Mac to suit your needs. It is still suggested for students to meet with their academic advisor to make sure you satisfy your individual program's needs.
11/13" MacBook Air - Amazing Portability
Texas A&M University is a large campus. Students on campus are used to riding a bike or taking about 10 minute walk to get to different classes. This is why the MacBook Air is a great portable choice for students. The 11" weighs a mere 2.38 pounds and 13" comes right behind at 2.96 pounds. And don't worry - the thinness of the laptop doesn't stop it from being super speedy! With flash storage, the MacBook Air is lightning fast. It also will last during all your classes with a 9-hour battery life in the 11" and amazing 12-hour battery life for the 13" model. The base model 11" comes standard with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage and 13" MacBook Air comes standard with a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage.
12" MacBook- Light. Years ahead
The MacBook is an outstanding notebook for those students who are very tight on space yet need the fill-size experience. This Apple’s most compact and lightest notebook yet. With a battery life of 10 hours, students can rely on the MacBook to power them through their day and then some. Students are able to show off their different personalities with the available Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver finishes. The base model comes equipped with 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCle-based onboard flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 615.
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13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar - A touch of genius
With the revolutionary Touch Bar, the 13” MacBook Pro is fully equipped to handle the day to day rigors of college. Students will greatly appreciate the outstanding power in a laptop that is now remarkably thinner and lighter. With 130% faster graphics and a 67% brighter display, everyday activities like browsing the web or creating a document will be better than ever. The Touch Bar and Touch ID will ensure a more efficient experience with greater information security. The base configuration comes equipped with a 3.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCle-based SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 650, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. If you need more power, storage space, or faster graphics you may look into upgrading to the higher-end 13" or 15" model. See below for more details.
- Safeware Protection Plan - 4 years for Computers less than $1999: The Safeware Protection Plan is a hardware warranty that includes accidental damage protection to cover drops, liquid damage, and more. With no expensive deductibles or delays in repairs, it’s the reassurance you need when investing in a new computer. Now includes six months of Theft Protection!*
*SafeWare Theft Protection only available when registered within the first 30-days. Windows 10 & engineering programs will require activation. For activation go to software.tamu.edu. Computer packaging will be opened, due to pre-installing programs.
- AppleCare+ Plan - AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage to three years and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. In addition, you'll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone.
Aggie Bundles are the perfect combination of accessories for student for a discounted rate. The bundle includes your choice of AppleCare or Safeware Protection plan, Office for Mac Voucher, Color Printer, Printer Cable, Ethernet Cable, and 8GB flash drive.