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Found 6 results

  1. I would appreciate any thoughts. The point is, 1) Mac OS vs Windows, which system is better for a student in stat? 2) 8 Gen i5(quad-core) with 8GB Ram is enough to run, say R or python? (In general stat field)
  2. Looking for guidance in choosing new laptop. We've had a MacBook Pro since 2011 and don't use enough of the features to justify the cost of another one! My needs are: MS Office Netflix/Hulu/Etc. streaming Reliability for interacting during live online grad school classes. Preferences are: Intel i5 or i7 SSD Comfortable keyboard 15 inch screen Any advice, warnings, and guidance are welcome! Thank you.
  3. Hi Guys, I know there are already a few threads on this but I couldn't find anything that is particularly current/relevant for my situation. I am looking into buying a new laptop soon after my coursework year at gradschool (in around 6 months time). Would mainly need it for office, running bioinformatics software, possibly for some data heavy work (genomics/proteomics work). I've been leaning towards an macbook air hopefully with an i7 and 512gb ssd or an asus model with similar specs. I've never owned a mac but have used some. My main reason for leaning that way is durability. I've gotten tired of my pcs slowing down after a year or so of use and I hear that macs work better for longer, with the sacrifice of better specs for the price point. I plan on waiting and discussing it with people in the lab I eventually join as well to make sure I don't have any compatibility issues. Would love to get some feedback from the older and wiser. Thanks!
  4. Hey everyone, i just wanted to ask those of you who have kindle if it's worth paying over $100 for. As everyone else here, I spend a lot of time reading on my laptop and it's really hurting my eyes. I always set my screen to negative so it's a little better but still it's not very good. On the other hand, I mostly download my books cos I can't pay for them. So Kindle users, please tell me if it's better for eyes and if it is, is it really much better compared to a good quality laptop screen (HD, IPS, etc.)?
  5. Hi everyone, Looking for a new computer for grad school. I will need to run some simulations and computational stuff locally. I also need to put together presentations quite often (~3/month). Dont care about local memory too much since I have a 4tb external drive to store all my data. Any suggestions would be great! Even just sharing your current setup is fine too.
  6. Hi everyone, I'm starting graduate school in the Fall and currently on the market for a new, reliable laptop. Unfortunately, I know nothing about laptops/technology (I've been using a MacBook since 2009 for leisure and work laptops for data analysis and paper/poster presentation) and would really appreciate some advice! Here's some qualifications: 1) Inexpensive, because come on. I'm going to be a grad student. 2) Lightweight. I really hate using heavy laptops and would love to have a lightweight laptop that can be easily transported. 3) Battery life. I'm currently in an LDR and would like to be able to work on the plane. My current (work) laptop dies within an hour, so ~5-7 hours of battery life would be ideal. 4) DVD drive. I'm planning on coding interviews that are stored on DVDs, so this is a necessity. I am interested in various Chromebooks, but realize they (and many new/thin laptops) come without these. How is buying external DVD drives for use in laptops like this? 5) It needs a decent processor because I will be using SPSS, R, and Mplus. I really appreciate anyone's help on this!!!
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