updated 05:10 am EDT, Tue September 2, 2003
Fortune's recommends buying the a PC based on the school's recommendation: "If the school prefers one brand or model of computer (and you don't already have a PC), go with what's recommended: Technical assistance will almost certainly be easier to come by. If the school has no preference, the best value comes from Apple, even though prices tend to be higher than for most Windows-based computers. The 17-inch Apple iMac with SuperDrive ($1,799 and up) is a space-saving beauty. On the portable side, I'd pick the 14-inch Apple iBook ($1,499)."