Then why did you ask? If you are dead-set on Macs and you have enough extra money to throw around, knock yourself out. When you decide that in addition to a desk-top computer you also need a notebook to do some work in the library (or at least not in your residence) are you going to be able to find an inexpensive notebook with the computing power that you need? Not if you commit to the Mac line. There are all kinds of reasonably-priced PC notebooks - Mac doesn't produce to those aggressive price-points.ummm
Yes, this. Get what your department uses. The school I went to had software licenses so students could download (for free!) Visual Studio and a variety of other software. It wasn't required and you could use whatever you wanted, but if you wanted support you were more or less on your own if you didn't use the standard.especially if the department has bought group licenses for specialty software that they'll expect you to use. If the department has modeling/simulation software that you're going to need to run a year or two from now, it's best to have compatible machines at the outset.
This is not true.I would suggest a PC simply because the business world is dominated by them and there is a wealth of software available. Yes, you can emulate a PC on a Mac, but you pay a hit in performance and $$$
A recent article in notebook review details some of the overhead and performance (and even functionality) that you'll give up by running a virtual machine as a Mac app. Probably Boot Camp would be a better choice, though probably a pain if you need to switch platforms frequently.This is not true.
1) There is very little performance hit using modern virtualization technology
2) Macs are now Intel based, so you can run windows on bare-hardware
is mathcad the same as matlab?Since you're still a student, I would buy whatever is normally used (if not required) throughout the department. Alternatively, you may want to find out what's most commonly used throughout industry. If your EE department requirements match what's most commonly used throughout industry, it's a no-brainger.
Earlier versions of Mathcad, "The Global Standard for Engineering Calculations," ran on "Linux, Mac, Unix, Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / Me / NT", while the current version (14 M010) runs only on Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. I'm sure it'll run fine on Windows 7.