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What kind of computer is everyone getting (or already have) for grad school? I have a Macbook Pro that's four years old, but I'm wondering if I should get a new computer for grad school. 

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I think any laptop is fine as long as you dont have to run any huge programs. We mainly just use word at my school along with ppts and videos. I have a 2012 macbook and its gets the job done with no complaints. We just take a surge protector to class so multiple people can plug in their laptops during class since there are only a few outlets. Pretty much everyone takes notes on their mac. A few have windows and some hand write their notes. But no one has mentioned anything about their computer. Good luck in grad school! 

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I wouldn't spend the money. I used my 2009 MacBook and eventually my iPad which was faster. But if your mac is in good condition I don't see why to upgrade. 

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I just got a Surface Pro 4 hybrid tablet/laptop because one of my high school friends was selling it cheap (she's a technical editor and got a new job where it wouldn't work for her needs). I really like it, much better than our MacBook and iPad. It's like the "Goldilocks" solution- does more stuff than the iPad but more portable than the MacBook.

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The Lenovo Yoga computers are good laptop/tablet hybrids and are relatively cheap. However, I don't think you will need anything other than your 4-year-old Mac. I will be using a Mac older than that. If it can run Word, browse the internet, and run PPTs I think you're good! Unless you have extra cash to spend and really want one... then go for it :) 

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If you are inclined to spend money, apart from securing a display and a keyboard that won't drive you nuts, consider a getting one solid-state hard drive.  I don't know how much a standard hard drive is literally at risk, but it feels much better (as well as being quieter, faster, etc.) not to have moving parts that can get dislodged.

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