Hi, I got accepted into Texas A&M's Visualization program as a future undergrad, and I was wondering whether I should get a laptop or PC for college? I know that I need a powerful computer, but i'm not sure what I need exactly. On the laptop requirements for the Visualization major (I'm not sure how outdated this is though), it first suggests laptops, but also points out the benefits of getting a permanent work station outside of class, as PC's have greater power and capabilities.
I currently have an Acer Aspire E5-575-5493 15.6 Laptop, which doesn't have the graphics card I need for this program. It's fairly new, as I got it last year, however I don't think it will be enough to get me through my more specialized classes. Does the Visualization major need the students to bring a laptop to their classes (for example, if there are not enough computers for everyone in the lab) or any work that requires portability (therefore needing to get a more powerful laptop)? Or can I just stick with my current laptop for lighter coursework (e.g. essays, internet, etc) and get a PC to work from my dorm? Or should I just wait until sophomore year to get a more powerful computer suited to my later coursework?
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