As a student, perhaps you have had these same two questions:
Everyone has a different opinion on the best system.
There are several factors that should be considered when purchasing a
Any system should have a backup device (External hard drive, CD/DVD RW) to copy and
protect important files as well as a USB Flash Drive (1GB or greater)
for transferring data.
Operating System (minimum recommended)
Current and active malware protection software. This is critical!
Extended warranty program or AppleCare support.