Also take into account the size and weight of the machine. If you're going to lug it around uni get something LIGHT. Frequently these days the lappy stays home it's just too darn heavy! So I take my iPad.
Yes I'm a Mac fan but have no issues with pcs whatsoever. I'm looking at a MacBook air ATM. The customer support is AMAZING and the extended apple care is a must!
Size is another factor and there's a big range with laptops, will this be your main computer or just a mobile workstation?
RAM as has been mentioned minimum 4gb
Hard drive space is another biggy.
I have a compaq at the moment and it's done quite well for the last 5 years.
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