I'm looking for a high performance and durable computer to work with. It's primary use is for Statistical Modeling and Analysis.
Likely, I will need to use R, some SQL based programs (SQuirreL, for example), Python for data sets in excess of 2 GB.
I'm not the most computer-hardware oriented person either. If you may offer suggestions on a laptop well-suited for a student entering a Masters or PhD Statistics student, Statistician, or even Data Scientist, that would be great.
This is one of the few posts I've seen publicly discussing this question, but if I am going to invest a decent amount of money into something like this, a second opinion makes more sense here.