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possum12501yI guess 8GB of RAM are enough to do most things, 16 if you want to run that VM constantly. Midrange ThinkPad could be a choice.
I would get one that‘s not that bulky and heavy as you‘ll carry that thing around everyday.
MrCush1341yNot much honestly. Depends on how smooth you want your VM to run. I’d recommend 8+GB RAM and a CPU that has 4 cores but you can easily run it with 4GB RAM and a 2 core CPU. Integrated GPUs are decent enough nowadays to handle a VM with Guest Addition Tools.
However, if I were you, I wouldn’t skimp out on a laptop for school/development. I use my laptop every day and love the shit out of it. So happy I didn’t go with my original decision of purchasing a cheapo laptop and instead applied for CC and got the one I liked the most with the best specs. I use it too much for that and would have eventually replaced it for a better one anyways. Highly recommend a nice ultrabook. Mine is so light I can pick it up with 2 fingers and not feel any weight in my backpack. I purchased the Lenovo Yoga 920 4k and I love it.