What's the best computer for a humanities student?

I will be going to college this fall and double majoring in modern languages and literatures and history. This will mean a lot of reading and writing and I will want to take my computer to class/the library/sit out on the quad, etc. I will also want to use this computer for some gaming (probably just the Sims 2 and its expansions) and I do a lot of graphics editing for fun (Photoshop CS3). I am on a budget and would like to keep things as affordable as possible, but I do not want to feel trapped later by not enough memory or anything like that. My intention, if possible, is to keep my choice all the way through my undergrad and doctorate.

I have been caught between buying a 15-inch MacBook Pro or buying an iMac and an iPad for on the go. Honestly, though, I don't know if I even need that much power so I would really like some input.

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    Having used the iPad in the last semester of my undergrad studies, I MUST recommend it to you. Especially as you'll have to do a lot of reading. Reading PDFs on the iPad while sitting/lying down in a comfortable position is much, much better than reading on a laptop (less stress). iPad + Goodreader = Win for college students who have to read a lot of academic papers, journals, textbooks etc.

    As far as the computer is concerned, if you are planning to play games like the Sims 2 and run Photoshop, you should at least get a 13" MacBook Pro. Should cater to all your other computing needs as well. Hope this helps!

    • Answered by Omkar K
    • May 2, 2011