ResolutePear wrote:Thinkpad. It's not thin. It's not pretty. It's built for a lumberjack's rough hands.
But remember this: When your laptop gets dropped on the floor on the way to take your finals, the laptop you choose will decide if you've just failed the class or not.
This example is a bit extreme, but the principle behind it holds true. The plastic macbook I bought became very disappointing after a year of ownership. The plastic body chipped, broke and felt very flimsy when I moved it around. After 4 years of use, the wireless card barely works, the keyboard flexes too much and there are small areas of the unibody where the plastic broke off and left holes. The age old saying remains true: You get what you pay for. The ThinkPad is built like a tank. I'm hoping it will last me through law school with no qualms. I think the edge is built better than the entry level dells/sonys etc, but there is a qualitative difference for the extra $200.
Your example holds true. Where Apple wants you to buy a new MacBook roughly every over revise(every 2 years), Lenovo/IBM makes the Thinkpad to be rugged and last as long as possible to make it sensible for a corporation to put down a 2,000 unit order for their corporation(Think: at&t). You can also buy a Thinkpad through the outlet(http://outlet.lenovo.com
) to save on the premium over an normal laptop. These laptops are built to take punishment, albeit - not like a Panasonic Toughbook. The Thinkpad is a good agreement between price, reliability, and power at any rate.