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The flagship of Apple’s laptop line, the 11” MacBook Air may be pricier than most PC notebook computers, but its also one of the lightest (2.3lbs) and one of the fastest for its size and weight due to its solid state hard disk and low-power Intel Core 2 Duo processor, as well as sporting excellent battery life.
And while PC’s are generally cheaper, with Mac OS X your grad will spend less time on the phone with countries abroad dealing with technical issues and spending more time writing papers and doing their classwork.Should your grad’s Mac need service, Apple’s retail stores (available with multiple locations in every major city/metro area) and Applecare service cannot be beat.
If your grad is a PC and not a Mac, then look no further than the ultra light Lenovo X220. With an integrated Intel Core i7-260M, a 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory, there are few tasks your grad could throw at this laptop and have it not make child’s play out of it.Like Apple, Lenovo’s support is one of the best in the industry (make sure you ask for the accidental damage coverage plans and extended warranty) and ThinkPad build quality is unsurpassed.