Best Law School Laptop for the Money

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:32 pm

JOThompson wrote:Going to admit, I wish I'd bought a smaller laptop. The T410 is great until you need to lug it fifteen minutes each way (sometimes uphill).


In the snow?

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby JOThompson » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:55 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
JOThompson wrote:Going to admit, I wish I'd bought a smaller laptop. The T410 is great until you need to lug it fifteen minutes each way (sometimes uphill).


In the snow?

I'm thinking humidity now, but the issue will be more severe when we get ice/snow in Iowa. I suppose the laptop alone isn't so hefty, but when combined with casebooks, supplements, food, etc., it's a bit much.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:09 pm

JOThompson wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
JOThompson wrote:Going to admit, I wish I'd bought a smaller laptop. The T410 is great until you need to lug it fifteen minutes each way (sometimes uphill).


In the snow?

I'm thinking humidity now, but the issue will be more severe when we get ice/snow in Iowa. I suppose the laptop alone isn't so hefty, but when combined with casebooks, supplements, food, etc., it's a bit much.

Just get the right supplements.
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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby JOThompson » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:23 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
JOThompson wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
JOThompson wrote:Going to admit, I wish I'd bought a smaller laptop. The T410 is great until you need to lug it fifteen minutes each way (sometimes uphill).


In the snow?

I'm thinking humidity now, but the issue will be more severe when we get ice/snow in Iowa. I suppose the laptop alone isn't so hefty, but when combined with casebooks, supplements, food, etc., it's a bit much.

Just get the right supplements.
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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby kalvano » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:08 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
JOThompson wrote:Going to admit, I wish I'd bought a smaller laptop. The T410 is great until you need to lug it fifteen minutes each way (sometimes uphill).


In the snow?




Uphill both ways.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Duralex » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:11 pm

We walked on our knees to save our shoes.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Iconoclast » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:29 pm

Duralex wrote:We walked on our knees to save our shoes.


You had shoes?

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby maroonzoon » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:24 am

There is no magic laptop for everyone or everyone would have the same laptop. You have to assess your own needs, so I will speak from the perspective of someone with 3 years in IT support, and zero tolerance for crap electronics.

Thinkpad all the way if you're a PC person. No other brand comes close to build quality or reliability of hardware components than Thinkpad...and I mean business-class solid thinkpads, not the cheaper, more plasticy offerings Lenovo has. The keyboard is the most comfortably satisfying thing you'll ever type on, Apple included.

If you're an Apple person, obviously you only have about 2 choices, so no real recommendations there.

Don't get a netbook unless you have a desktop to fall back on. Those things are made cheap, and probably not worth typing papers or class notes on.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby skoobily doobily » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:23 pm

Just bought an Asus U43, got a pretty sweet deal, anyone have opinions on this computer or Asus's in general?

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby bk1 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:24 pm

Asus's are fairly reliable in my experience with friends who own them (I've never had one).

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby kalvano » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:26 pm

My wife has a UL80, it's quite nice.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby maroonzoon » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:46 pm

skoobily doobily wrote:Just bought an Asus U43, got a pretty sweet deal, anyone have opinions on this computer or Asus's in general?


I bought an Asus for my cousin in Feb, it broke down within 6 months.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby skoobily doobily » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:41 pm

maroonzoon wrote:
skoobily doobily wrote:Just bought an Asus U43, got a pretty sweet deal, anyone have opinions on this computer or Asus's in general?


I bought an Asus for my cousin in Feb, it broke down within 6 months.


anecdotes are anecdotes. statistics are statistics:
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I was looking more for how it handled, whether it had anything quirky about it, what features are better/worse than other computer brands.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:26 am

skoobily doobily wrote:
maroonzoon wrote:
skoobily doobily wrote:Just bought an Asus U43, got a pretty sweet deal, anyone have opinions on this computer or Asus's in general?


I bought an Asus for my cousin in Feb, it broke down within 6 months.


anecdotes are anecdotes. statistics are statistics:
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I was looking more for how it handled, whether it had anything quirky about it, what features are better/worse than other computer brands.


Can we stop posting this graph? I swear, this is the 10th time in this topic I've seen this.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby vanish » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:32 pm

I read till about 22 pages in, and noted that nobody talked about the regular Macbook.

at ~$850-900 (with or without the student discount) the just passed over macbook edition (2.24 Ghz, 250 gigs hdd, 2 gigs ram, 5-7 hrs battery life) is a really good deal, IMO. Does anybody have an opinion on this?

And what about the recently updated macbook? ~$950. thoughts?

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:42 pm

vanish wrote:I read till about 22 pages in, and noted that nobody talked about the regular Macbook.

at ~$850-900 (with or without the student discount) the just passed over macbook edition (2.24 Ghz, 250 gigs hdd, 2 gigs ram, 5-7 hrs battery life) is a really good deal, IMO. Does anybody have an opinion on this?

And what about the recently updated macbook? ~$950. thoughts?


The regular Macbook is sufficient for anything you'd need. I'd personally go with the updated one.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby vanish » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:01 pm

blowhard wrote:
vanish wrote:I read till about 22 pages in, and noted that nobody talked about the regular Macbook.

at ~$850-900 (with or without the student discount) the just passed over macbook edition (2.24 Ghz, 250 gigs hdd, 2 gigs ram, 5-7 hrs battery life) is a really good deal, IMO. Does anybody have an opinion on this?

And what about the recently updated macbook? ~$950. thoughts?


The regular Macbook is sufficient for anything you'd need. I'd personally go with the updated one.


Yeah, I would also go with the updated one. But from what I've seen, any Asus, Lenovo, or Sony that has comparable specs, size, and battery life has pretty comparable costs. Maybe the macbook is ~50-100 more expensive (at most, from what I've seen). Is there any reason I should believe otherwise? That premium is for looks & ease of servicing (there are apple stores near my school and near my hometown) I think.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:09 pm

MBP's and Thinkpads have been discussed to death in this thread.

The same logic that applies to a macbook pro applies to a macbook.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby kalvano » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:13 pm

I'm going to start recommending Biohazard or Velocity Micro just to be different.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby holdencaulfield » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:45 pm

maroonzoon wrote:There is no magic laptop for everyone or everyone would have the same laptop. You have to assess your own needs, so I will speak from the perspective of someone with 3 years in IT support, and zero tolerance for crap electronics.

Thinkpad all the way if you're a PC person. No other brand comes close to build quality or reliability of hardware components than Thinkpad...and I mean business-class solid thinkpads, not the cheaper, more plasticy offerings Lenovo has. The keyboard is the most comfortably satisfying thing you'll ever type on, Apple included.

If you're an Apple person, obviously you only have about 2 choices, so no real recommendations there.

Don't get a netbook unless you have a desktop to fall back on. Those things are made cheap, and probably not worth typing papers or class notes on.



I also say stay away from netbooks. Spending money sucks, but I have yet to regret having spent a few bucks extra to get the exact size & features I wanted. I'd go for something with a 13" screen and 2-4 gigs of ram. If you get a PC, Windows 7 is a must. I upgraded last year, and it is significantly faster than Vista (even better than xp).

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby Chris_cpb » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:09 am

Could someone possibly direct me to X200s or T400 discussion ITT. Looking to possibly buy refurbished with 1+ year mf. warranty. I've seen reasonable prices on eBay and I need to make a pretty quick purchase.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby adameus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:47 pm

am I stupid to buy a laptop in a store? I am living in a hotel right now until sep 1 when I can move into my apartment but I need my laptop before then.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby ResolutePear » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:57 pm

adameus wrote:am I stupid to buy a laptop in a store? I am living in a hotel right now until sep 1 when I can move into my apartment but I need my laptop before then.


If you *MUST* have it today without fail, then yeah. You're going to pay a premium(taxes + "store overhead"), though.

If you can wait a couple days, sign up for Amazon Prime(Free year for students with a .edu email) and get a laptop through Amazon, pay the 4 bucks and get it overnight. Remember, look to make sure that there are no lead times and it says, "ships from Amazon". Amazon's pretty good when it comes to shipping.

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Re: Best Law School Laptop for the Money

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:01 pm

adameus wrote:am I stupid to buy a laptop in a store? I am living in a hotel right now until sep 1 when I can move into my apartment but I need my laptop before then.


Most hotels will receive packages for you. Ask at the desk.




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