Which laptop is best for a student going to college completely online?

I am starting school at the University of Phoenix in December and I will be completing my entire degree online. Mostly, I will be using the computer at home but occasionally will be out and about with it. I currently have a 7 year old Toshiba that just won't make the cut and I need some advice on what laptop will be best for me. Not only will I be using the computer for school, but it will be our main computer at home as well so I really need something that will do it all. I don't know if it's better or if I really need something as light as the MBA, but I know I need something fast and efficient. Anyone have any advice, or suggestions I would really appreciate some insight! Thanks.

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    I teach mainly online and my best advice to you would be to get a MacBookPro.. With the Intel i7 chip with the most memory you can afford. If you can manage a solid state drive that's even better as it is super fast, super reliable, very very light weight and runs cool (no mechanical, spinning drive to slow or weight down this system). This system as described would be fast, efficient, light and with a Retina display is fabulous for today as well as for many many years. Just my opinion however. Best of luck in your studies..'see' you at the finish line!

    • Answered by Gayle G from Cave Creek
    • Oct 25, 2013
  • Since you plan on having the computer out of the house, that limits you to a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. If it's going to be the main computer of the house, then you probably want it to have a little extra memory to hold files from all users. Considering the MacBook Air I have only for myself uses a majority of its 256GB flash storage, your household will possibly need something bigger. But honestly, I probably have more of a need for space than you do. Since the Air does not go any higher, that brings us to the MacBook Pro, with or without the Retina display. Do you have the NEED of a disk drive? If yes, you'll be wanting the regular Pro with no Retina Display, and that's it. Just determine whether you want a hard drive, or a solid-state drive (costs extra with the regular MacBook Pro though), and how much storage you need. If money isn't an issue, go with the 512GB flash storage. If, however, a disk drive isn't even an issue, go with the Retina display with 256GB or 512GB flash storage. Again, 256 MAY be enough for you. It all depends on your household.

    For more information, go to Apple's main page, click Store. Click Shop Mac. Click MacBook Pro (Or Macbook Air). On the far right of the horizontal option bar thingy, click Compare Models. When you choose one, click Buy Now to get more specific. Click on the Select button under whichever one you decide on to configure it to your needs and determine the exact price based on your choices.

    • Answered by Patrick S from Mineville
    • Oct 27, 2013
  • Thank you both! Very helpful :)

    • Answered by Danielle W from San Jose
    • Oct 30, 2013