S3E24: Back to School Computers

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Choosing a PC/laptop for school or college

A few of my favorite laptops

For the creatives in your life that don’t do video editing very often

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2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop

For your future Engineer or Graphic artist who loves Mac

2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage)

If you want six years out of your Mac, then get 16Gig of RAM and at least 512GB of storage)

Lenovo Flex 5 14″ 2-in-1 Laptop (my favorite midtier Windows laptop)

HP ENVY x360 Convertible Laptop (my favorite higher performance Windows laptop)

NEVER get an Intel i3 processor.

Never get AMD Ryzan 3 processors

And unless you are running a Mac or a Chromebook, never buy a computer running anything other than Intel or AMD ever.

Go with 9th gen Intel i5 or i7 or later. The latest Gen chips are 11th gen and i9 is the top of the line model right now but they are pricey and unless you are a gamer, not needed for school.

Memory wise, in Intel space, never get less than 16 gig if you can afford it. 

In the Mac space, you can get by with 8 gig of RAM because Macs are engineered to have memory and CPU talk together much better than Intel or AMD chips do.

Chromebook Fan?

You and me both. Chromebooks are simple browser based systems that if you can do it on the web, you can do it on a Chromebook. You can’t install any software on a Chromebook. So no, you can run O365 on them except in a browser and it can do that but if you love Google, Gmail, Google Docs, and all things Google, then the Chromebook is the simplest machine.

If money were no object I would be the Cadillac of Chromebooks, the Acer Spinbook 713 Chromebook. It has so many config options. Be sure to get at least 4 gig but 8 gig is better and at least 64 gig of storage. The screen is amazing.

Looking for a budget Chromebook, then this one is a great option. Check Best Buy for this one as sometimes Best Buy is cheaper than Amazon.

Lenovo Chrome Duet 2in1

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