Hi All, I know a similar thread has been done about this a few years back, but with windows based pc's coming a long way forward I thought I post a new one. I will be studying for a PhD in economics this fall with a focus on econometrics and time series analysis. I've been looking into the macbook pro 13" with the i7cpu, 16gb ram, and 256storage and its windows based pc equivalents (e.g. dell xps 13" 9350). I will be using some statistical software such as stata, matlab, R, spss, and excel. I "hope" to do the majority of the work on one of the schools comps, but need a laptop to do light work mainly and sometimes heavy. I own a mac now, been going strong for 6 years but its time for an upgrade. My main question is there a good alternative out there for the macbook pro with the specs I outlined above, main reason is price? I am very hesitant to spend more than $1500. Or should I bite the bullet and go with the macbook pro? Thanks! Also: is there any compatibility issues transferring data using sata, R, or matlab between windows 10 and osx?