The Visualization department requires students have a laptop and recommends 8GB RAM or more. Retina screen is a plus, but not required.
With these recommendations, we believe the best fit for Visualization students would be a 13" or 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
We offer many configurations of the Touch Bar to allow custom configurations tha properly meet each student's needs and preferences. As a student you will receive low education pricing -- up to $200 off the retail price. Be sure to check out our great Aggie Bundle deals!
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.
13"/15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
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 basic configuration has 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.
- Safeware Protection Plan - 2 years for Computers and iPads less than $999: 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.