Hey guys... Long time reader and first time poster. I am writing because I am headed off to college and need some laptop help. I am going to be an undecided engineering major and I was wondering what I should look for in a computer. First off, what are some of the components I should be looking for? Second, there will be some computer labs up there that I can use... So do I need to get a dedicated video card on my laptop.... Basically what I am asking is for any college students in my situation. Did you do a lot of your heavy lifting stuff (Auto-CAD/Math simulation) on your laptop, or did you just go to the lab? Basically why I am asking is because I was looking at a 13'' macbook pro until i went up to the campus and my parents asked the computer store what an engineering student needed... So they pointed them towards the higher end 15'' which my parents think is too expensive. So they want me to go with a Dell. So my choice right now is explain to them that I could use a 13'' macbook pro or get a Dell through my parents business for a little more discount. Any other engineering students that went through my situation that can help?