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Discussion on: What is the best type of computer for a computer science student entering college/university?

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Max Cerrina

Assuming basic constraints, like the laptop is capable of running any apps you need it to and that you can afford it:

Best laptop is the one that is light (enough) for you to carry with you everywhere, with a reliable (enough) battery that if you can't get to an outlet ASAP you aren't screwed, with (enough) speed such that you aren't adding to your stress levels on top of everything.

I would actually encourage a smaller drive in favor of better everything else. The less you keep in one place, ie your hard drive, the better--don't make it so you can't find anything, but getting in the habit of having to have everything off and elsewhere and thus backed up in at least one manner is a really good one. Then back it up some more :P