to add to the laptop discussion: i'm doing an arts related subject and i find that macs are a lot friendlier when using adobe products. those programs are p heavy in general but my year+ mac handles it quite well despite not having a lot of space. but if you want photoshop/illustrator to run as smoothly as possible, definitely have a lot of storage space free. :x
Actually I definitely agree with this. I’ve been using photoshop for years and I definitely think Adobe programs are more friendly on a Mac.