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I have used Macs my entire life (currently have a 2018 macbook air) , but recently wanted to purchase a PC to practice excel and ppt, incoming BB summer analyst, and for potentially on the job as well. I have heard Lenovos are pretty reliable

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-l/ThinkPad-L13/p/20R3000UUS

 

I saw this 13.3 inch one with 16 gb Ram, is that more than enough specs or would it be ok if I took the 13.3 inch one with 8 gb ram that is $200 cheaper. I would like to not spend more than the $900. Also do most of the BBs provide a work laptop to a summer intern, if not do they provide them to analysts when they start.

Appreciate the help in advance!

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Sep 14, 2020 - 7:18pm

Anything PC, Mac is just not compatible with MS Office. Excel isn't the same either. Anything +8GB Ram and you be able to run just about any platform efficiently. I crunch HP EliteBook keys.  

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Sep 16, 2020 - 5:47am

Dell XPS 13 i7 16GB RAM (get last year's model, the "new XPS 13" adds nothing meaningful). Not sure about US prices but I picked one up in Switzerland for just over 1100CHF after student discounts and some deals, so a bit more than the number you give, but definitely worth it in my opinion. Such a great computer. 

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Sep 16, 2020 - 10:44am

Always tempting to get nicer specs but to save you some money id just get the 8gb of ram and then maybe spend the extra $200 on a monitor + a keyboard & mouse. I have pretty good vision but working on excel from a small screen all day can give me headaches. You will be given a laptop when you start working FT.

 
Sep 16, 2020 - 2:50pm

I looked it up and the L13 model has RAM soldered to the motherboard, so I would highly recommend getting 16 GB out the gate. Chrome, Excel, Word, Outlook, PDF already take a lot of resources. I have 11 GB RAM being used as we speak just idling and I don't even have that much stuff open compared to a heavy load. 

Otherwise, see if you can find a model where you can upgrade the RAM yourself, and then you can get it a little cheaper aftermarket.

Check out Dave Lee's youtube channel for the best laptop reviews.

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Sep 16, 2020 - 4:14pm
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