As artists, I want to know what kind of laptop computers you would recommend for someone going into their freshman year at an art college as an illustration or animation major. My parents already know they are getting one for me but haven't decided what kind and I wouldn't want them to get one that has so much more than I need and is so expensive.
People have suggested that I get a Macbook Pro since it's reliable and has most of what I need without me having to install a ton of software after my purchase. Others have suggested that I get a Dell laptop.
But I want to hear what artists think would be best. Thank you!
EDIT: Just to make it clear (I should have done this sooner) I'll be using my computer mainly for illustration and I doubt I would use it for animation...at least not in the near future. I may use some modeling programs too but I wont really get into animation. So considering that illustration is priority, would a desktop still be preferred over a laptop?