Best Law School Laptop for the Money

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
giantsnumb1
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:48 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby giantsnumb1 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:41 pm

Does anyone know anything about the Asus k50ij-bnc5? Bestbuy has a good deal on it, but I can't seem to find any reviews of it.

hawkeye22
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:38 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby hawkeye22 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:44 am

For any gamers out there Dell is offering the MX11 for $750:

http://slickdeals.net/?pno=37336&lno=1&afsrc=1

But its too heavy for my taste. I just broke down and bought the Acer 1830t; Amazon finally got it back in stock.

User avatar
RMstratosphere
Posts: 443
Joined: Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby RMstratosphere » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:36 am

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any substantive reviews. Does anyone have experience with a Toshiba Satellite L630-BT2N22?

Grad09
Posts: 94
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:17 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Grad09 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:04 am

I know there are a ton of laptop questions here, but I want to add another....

Samsung Q430-11 looks really nice.

Its got a lot of great features. My favorite was the aluminum casing, complete LED screen (looks badass), and it was only 5.3 lbs. Its a PC with an Apple feel to it.

Any thoughts? Its $829 and I am almost about to buy it. Is it worth the money?

laureng05
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:57 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby laureng05 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:51 pm

Grad09 wrote:I know there are a ton of laptop questions here, but I want to add another....

Samsung Q430-11 looks really nice.

Its got a lot of great features. My favorite was the aluminum casing, complete LED screen (looks badass), and it was only 5.3 lbs. Its a PC with an Apple feel to it.

Any thoughts? Its $829 and I am almost about to buy it. Is it worth the money?


That looks like a pretty nice machine. Cnet gave it a pretty good review too. I was looking at the asus ul30 or ul80, but i'm afraid the features on those computers may seem especially obsolete in 3 years. I'd love to hear what someone knowledgeable in computers thinks of this samsung.

farewelltoarms
Posts: 48
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:12 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby farewelltoarms » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:03 pm

hawkeye22 wrote:For any gamers out there Dell is offering the MX11 for $750:

http://slickdeals.net/?pno=37336&lno=1&afsrc=1

But its too heavy for my taste. I just broke down and bought the Acer 1830t; Amazon finally got it back in stock.



Gaming on a laptop...... why would you punish yourself so? Desktop are where its at, you don't really need to be playing games on the go. I just built a new comp for starcraft 2, and I'll probably buy a notebook for like 200 bucks for school. I think thats the best way for gamers to go, rather than some flashy alienware laptop which not only lacks the performance of a desktop, but has a high possibility of getting swiped.

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:06 pm

Don't buy a (budget!) Dell gaming laptop. Just take $1000 out of your checking account and set it on fire instead. This is roughly analogous to the ownership experience you'll be forgoing, but much more efficient.

That Samsung looks pretty nice for the price in terms of specs and design. You've seen the CNet review, so you know it lacks Bluetooth. (They also say it could use more ports.) I can't speak to Samsung build quality.

Toshiba has been a business-world standby for a long time. As far as I know the Satellite series is still a reliable choice, if a bit clunky.
Last edited by Duralex on Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
cranberry
Posts: 116
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:33 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby cranberry » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:14 pm

I know nothing about Apple... is the 13" MBP significantly better than the regular "MacBook?" Is Lenovo Thinkpad a better/worse choice?

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:16 pm

MBP is much more powerful...whether or not you need it is another question.

Apple vs. Windows gets into religious war territory, but the pre-Lenovo IBM-originated Thinkpad designs still in production are good machines in my opinion. I forget the models off-hand--just be diligent in reading comments/reviews and you should be able to differentiate the continued model/lines from the newer rather less awesome stuff. (Or buy an older Thinkpad refurbed or on the 'Bay.)

User avatar
cranberry
Posts: 116
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:33 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby cranberry » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:20 pm

Is the MBP worth the $$$? Configured the way I want it's almost $1700. Lenovo is only $1000. Yikes

User avatar
ResolutePear
Posts: 8614
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:33 pm

cranberry wrote:Is the MBP worth the $$$? Configured the way I want it's almost $1700. Lenovo is only $1000. Yikes


Are you a multimedia/art major? Something of the sort except Architecture? Then chances are the MBP is going to be right for you. Otherwise, you're going to end up with an overpriced PC when you have to run Bootcamp for the next 3 years because you rely on OneNote and other tasty Microsoft products.

Everybody else, do yourself the favor and get a Thinkpad. Sure you won't be "trendy", but you can prob. buy a thinkpad + desktop for $1700.

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:42 pm

Or, you know, the regular Macbook. If you want OS X, too.
Last edited by Duralex on Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
cranberry
Posts: 116
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:33 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby cranberry » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:44 pm

I'm looking at the 14" Thinkpad Edge and there is a sale until August 4 for students. The special Thinkpad warranty seems a little indulgent, no? Do most people just get a basic warranty?

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:47 pm

I have no idea what Lenovo's warranty packages are like. Back in the day, IBM's extended warranties for TPs through the business channel were pricey but awesome. Next day on-site repair and all that jazz. But these days laptops are a lot cheaper.

Read the terms carefully and see if what they offer is worth it to you, I suppose. Since you'd be foolish not to be making regular backups, it's really down to whether you'd prefer to have the machine fixed if something goes very wrong, or just chuck it and replace it (and so whether you want to pay for the warranty up front, or just let it ride.)

03121202698008
Posts: 3002
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:07 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:02 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
cranberry wrote:Is the MBP worth the $$$? Configured the way I want it's almost $1700. Lenovo is only $1000. Yikes


Are you a multimedia/art major? Something of the sort except Architecture? Then chances are the MBP is going to be right for you. Otherwise, you're going to end up with an overpriced PC when you have to run Bootcamp for the next 3 years because you rely on OneNote and other tasty Microsoft products.

Everybody else, do yourself the favor and get a Thinkpad. Sure you won't be "trendy", but you can prob. buy a thinkpad + desktop for $1700.


Or get a regular Macbook for $1,000-1,300. I know many Mac users who don't rely on OneNote. Microsoft has office for Macs that works just as well as the Windows version.

User avatar
ResolutePear
Posts: 8614
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:03 pm

Duralex wrote:I have no idea what Lenovo's warranty packages are like. Back in the day, IBM's extended warranties for TPs through the business channel were pricey but awesome. Next day on-site repair and all that jazz. But these days laptops are a lot cheaper.

Read the terms carefully and see if what they offer is worth it to you, I suppose. Since you'd be foolish not to be making regular backups, it's really down to whether you'd prefer to have the machine fixed if something goes very wrong, or just chuck it and replace it (and so whether you want to pay for the warranty up front, or just let it ride.)


The on-site warranty is still available. Although the series changed companies, it's still a series tailored to business professionals.

User avatar
ResolutePear
Posts: 8614
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:33 pm

blowhard wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
cranberry wrote:Is the MBP worth the $$$? Configured the way I want it's almost $1700. Lenovo is only $1000. Yikes


Are you a multimedia/art major? Something of the sort except Architecture? Then chances are the MBP is going to be right for you. Otherwise, you're going to end up with an overpriced PC when you have to run Bootcamp for the next 3 years because you rely on OneNote and other tasty Microsoft products.

Everybody else, do yourself the favor and get a Thinkpad. Sure you won't be "trendy", but you can prob. buy a thinkpad + desktop for $1700.


Or get a regular Macbook for $1,000-1,300. I know many Mac users who don't rely on OneNote. Microsoft has office for Macs that works just as well as the Windows version.


And I know many PC users who don't rely on Final Cut Pro. They'd love to have it, but they don't use it because it's not available to them.

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:40 pm

Can we skip the OS flamewar? It's been done to death.

03121202698008
Posts: 3002
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:07 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:48 pm

Duralex wrote:Can we skip the OS flamewar? It's been done to death.


I wasn't trying to start a flame war. Merely pointing out that the assertion that a MacBook will cost you $1700 is flawed.

op-ti
Posts: 128
Joined: Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:36 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby op-ti » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:58 pm

I've pretty much made my mind to go with one of Lenovo's T series ThinkPads.

Is this good for law school?

Also, what about the all-in-one desktop? Are they any good from Lenovo?

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:11 pm

Which T-series model?

I didn't even know Lenovo made all in one desktops. To my mind it's silly to buy anything but a minitower (except for HTPC use.) One the main features of a desktop is upgradability/expansion.

op-ti
Posts: 128
Joined: Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:36 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby op-ti » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:16 pm

Duralex wrote:Which T-series model?

I didn't even know Lenovo made all in one desktops. To my mind it's silly to buy anything but a minitower (except for HTPC use.) One the main features of a desktop is upgradability/expansion.



Haven't decided which one, but nothing fancy.

The bit about the PC...what is a minitower? Is that the same as a CPU?

What would you recommend for a desktop then? I want a good desktop. I'm not a gamer or anything...

Apologies for my lack of education on this matter.

laureng05
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:57 am

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby laureng05 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:38 pm

So i think i may go with this computer: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Portege+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i3+Processor+/+13.3%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Blue/1007392.p?id=1218207656035&skuId=1007392&st=1007392&cp=1&lp=1

It's the toshiba portege laptop Laptop / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 13.3" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive. Does this look like a good laptop? Basically, portability is very important to me, i want a light and thin machine. I have a fairly nice desktop so this doesn't need to be the most powerful laptop, but i'd like it to be more than decent. thoughts?

User avatar
ResolutePear
Posts: 8614
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:59 pm

op-ti wrote:
Duralex wrote:Which T-series model?

I didn't even know Lenovo made all in one desktops. To my mind it's silly to buy anything but a minitower (except for HTPC use.) One the main features of a desktop is upgradability/expansion.



Haven't decided which one, but nothing fancy.

The bit about the PC...what is a minitower? Is that the same as a CPU?

What would you recommend for a desktop then? I want a good desktop. I'm not a gamer or anything...

Apologies for my lack of education on this matter.


The T-Series are tanks next to anything except Toughbooks. But that's outside of the scope of this thread.

Lenovo does make an All-in-One; I've always hated all-in-one's though because of that difficulty of upgrading or fixing.

I'd probably check out newegg.

User avatar
Duralex
Posts: 447
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:02 pm

op-ti wrote:
Duralex wrote:Which T-series model?

I didn't even know Lenovo made all in one desktops. To my mind it's silly to buy anything but a minitower (except for HTPC use.) One the main features of a desktop is upgradability/expansion.



Haven't decided which one, but nothing fancy.

The bit about the PC...what is a minitower? Is that the same as a CPU?

What would you recommend for a desktop then? I want a good desktop. I'm not a gamer or anything...

Apologies for my lack of education on this matter.


The CPU, properly speaking, is the central processor chip. More casually, yeah, it refers to the whole "box" of computer guts (i.e. as separate from the monitor etc. Also called simply "the computer.") So, yes, I'm saying you want a separate CPU--and also you want one that has a "minitower" case, so you can add stuff to it easily (like RAM and hard drives) to make it last.


Like this one:

--ImageRemoved--

I can't believe I'm linking this.....butWalmart has the Lenovo K300 minitower above for $479 (LinkRemoved). It's $607 at Amazon.

This is a dual core 2.9ghz CPU, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, Windows 7 64bit. Check prices through your school if they have a direct Lenovo hookup, but that is rather cheap.
Last edited by Duralex on Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 8 guests