@DigitalConfig True. I guess I don't know enough about the difference in the features to make an educated purchase, primarily in the difference between the Zynq capable boards, especially on the FPGA side of the house. I'm sure if I had a design in mind for my senior project that I'd be able to make more sense of what features I'll need, but I'm not quite there yet. I really just wanted a second opinion from someone more knowledgeable than me.
@JColvin Thank you for the link. I'll chew on that for a bit.
Since new models have been released since that thread, what, if any, would be the major distinction of purchasing the Zybo Zynq board and the Arty Z7? I was leaning towards the Zybo because of the education discount, despite it being more expensive. In that thread, one member posted that the Arty's have a chipkit interface which is probably a feature I'd end up using. What I don't like about the Z7 is the lack of mounting holes, as other reviewers on the product page have commented about. I'm not planning on mounting it to anything moving or in situations where environmental variables like shock and vibe are of consideration, but I'd still like to be able to fasten it down with screws if I end up using the board as a prototype.
Also, what is the current state of Lab View support for the Z7 boards? I know that there is support for the A7 as per the resource page, but I don't see any information about compatibility on the Z7 resource page, nor can I find anything via these forums or google.