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What laptops do you recommend for the software BEST allows? (Lab View, C++, and Java, if I'm correct.) Also, which of the programs is easiest to use? Two of us have only ever used RobotC, the other two programmers know nothing.
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jgraber
BEST has no restrictions on what you can use to program the robot, but I'm not aware of any Java or Lab View applications.
Simulink/Matlab might look like LabView, but it takes a stronger computer to run it well.
RobotC is fine, and has great support at  https://www.vexforum.com/index.php/conversations/robotc-tech-support   or maybe here.
Many teams use this because it is free of license, and it has interesting time-slicing multi-tasking operating system.  I should learn more how to use it.

I find EasyC the Easiest, primarily because I have the most experience (10 years) with it.
I use EasyC in drag and drop mode, or typing mode with my own favorite editor. 
LMGTFY:  https://www.intelitek.com/resources/pdf/35-1007-7000-G_easyC.pdf has a list of minimum PC specs, that are all pre windows 10.
My advice would be PC (not apple or chrome book), any windows 10 machine, mouse, 1 free USB port type A for the USB A-A programming cable, then higher screen resolution is better.   Easy C is painful to run on 800 vertical resolution or less.  
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gyoung
Simulink is the only software that is available for Mac and Windows OS, FYI.  The system requirements are found here:  https://www.mathworks.com/support/sysreq.html
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