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    Laptop recommendations

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    I figure since things are slowing down and the last thread I found was from years ago maybe we could have a new laptop thread for incoming students. I get to pick a new laptop for my program and I could use some help and Iím sure other incoming students could as well. Iím a pc person debating between XPS 15 or Asus Zenbook myself.

    Maybe we could post what area we are in and what laptop we have and pros and cons.

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    Re: Laptop recommendations

    I am a strong proponent of using a desktop if you are planning on using the machine heavily for SAS and STATA work. I have had some negative experiences with laptops when trying to make heavy use of these software programs with large datasets. Others may have had differing experiences.

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    Re: Laptop recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by taxPhD View Post
    I am a strong proponent of using a desktop if you are planning on using the machine heavily for SAS and STATA work. I have had some negative experiences with laptops when trying to make heavy use of these software programs with large datasets. Others may have had differing experiences.
    I have had similar issues. If you get a laptop with a solid state drive it might work better.

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    Re: Laptop recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by taxPhD View Post
    I am a strong proponent of using a desktop if you are planning on using the machine heavily for SAS and STATA work. I have had some negative experiences with laptops when trying to make heavy use of these software programs with large datasets. Others may have had differing experiences.
    If your school has a server that you can run SAS/STATA on, then needing a desktop won't be an issue. As long as you have a decent laptop you can log on to the server remotely.

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    Re: Laptop recommendations

    I am in marketing. I am a proponent of using a desktop for data analysis. As others have noted, if you have server access for SAS/STATA, a laptop with enough RAM should be fine.

    Personally I use a Razer Blade Stealth as a laptop. It's extremely portable and light so it's great for working anywhere and for conference travel. I use my desktop for heavier workloads and for writing longer periods of time.
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