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I am currently a college undergraduate and use a MacBook Pro for pleasure and the occasional word document. However, I am a finance undergrad and the Mac excel is impossible for model on. Which laptop do you recommend for financial modeling?

Thanks in advance.

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I actually use a Lenovo......off brand of course. Clio/Sager laptops use most of the same parts, and there a ton of independent retailers who will customize you an extremely high performance notebook for a reasonable price point.

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I've got a ThinkPad E545 with an i5 in it. I run Excel and Minitab pretty much with no problem. I would be happy with 4 more Gb of RAM and an SSD, but it works fine the way it is. Lenovos ship with some amount of bloatware installed, so you have to either strip it out or format and reinstall the OS. Damn fine laptop for a good price. I really like the keyboard on mine, too.

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I heard that you can't upgrade the RAM on the ThinkPads, just the hard drive. Is that true?

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Dell XPS might be a good choice.

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You honestly don't need any crazy specs for what you're doing, let alone an SSD... or 8GBs of RAM. I get switching to a PC. A cheap comp with dual monitors is probably your best bet.

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I want i7 processor, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM, with Graphics card

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What are the programs you'll be using? If it's only for MS Office suite and Internet then almost anything will work fine (though I would go for a laptop with Full HD screen and at least 4GB RAM).

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Essentially just MS Suite on the laptop, and the usually internet, itunes etc. More wonder if anyone had any experiences with those devices.

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What else do you need? Do you game? Do you watch BluRays? If you're just looking for the basics the ones you've listed are overkill.

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I would recommend 8GB of RAM minimum if you decide to go with a Mac of some kind, as having to run a Windows virtual machine is a near-must for excel.

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Get a natural keyboard

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Lenovo w550s > yoga 3 pro.

Outside of a MacBook, I don't know why people like computers without number pads.

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If you plan to also do some excel work, I'd rather own a Windows. I be concerned with a IPS screen, which I'm sure all the newer laptops have. Dell XPS is pretty slick as long as you don't mind a 13 inch screen. Personally, I would like it bigger given I want to watch movies on my personal.

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As long as it runs PPT and excel, you will be fine. I'd stay away from Macs, as you won't be able to run add on statistical packages that you may be required to be used during the program, and you will also likely have additional headaches trying to connect to wireless printing, etc at your school. My classmates with macs all had these issues.

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I just bought a Lenovo Carbon X1. They're having a sale on it right now.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-se...

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I had the XPS13 (c/o 2014) and still use it. Great size and pretty sturdy. Got a very good price through Dell Refurb program.

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