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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:28 pm
by superflush
crystalhawkeye wrote:

Definitely sounds promising. Wish it wasn't $120, but that's probably a fair price. Forget IE8, though. I'll stick with Firefox.


It was $50 for a while, but they sold out already.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:18 pm
by abl
Sorry to bug again, but am I being crazy or is the friends and family discount no longer working? Does anyone know of anything similar?

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:49 pm
by deadatheist
Thought I'd share a small bit of feedback about the mbp 13" I got: overall I'm really happy with it: I wanted a durable computer to cart around daily with a battery thatd last a majority of the day, and that's exactly what I got: the size and weight are perfect, and don't take up too much room in my bag in the case/sleeve. And though 13" may be small, I'm already really digging the trackpad's convenient pinch and zoom feature, or w.e. It's technically called- no strained eyes issues with that.

However, bc of the sleek design I've found it a little uncomfortable when I rest my wrists on the edge of the base like I normally do: it's a pretty sharp edge, so it's still taking me some getting used to to find that comfortable and functional, ergonomic position. I think I experience this probably bc I'm little (5'2) so my wrists hit where say, a larger person's palms might. I'm not really sure, just thought I'd share those thoughts though- this thread is awesome and I hope that can kind of help.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:14 pm
by sheltron5000
nope. 5'10" male here, I have the same issue. Eventually you get used to it.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:45 pm
by deadatheist
Maybe you've little manhands :) Jk. Ya that's seriously my only complaint- It's not really an issue as much noe, but it does take some adjusting to.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:25 pm
by 356a
sheltron5000 wrote:nope. 5'10" male here, I have the same issue. Eventually you get used to it.


Same thing, and got used to it. took a while - several weeks. Now I no longer notice it.

the pinch zooming and three/four finger swipes are pretty amazing. go to the control panel - track pad - to figure out what they all do. Really useful.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:56 pm
by superflush
crystalhawkeye wrote:Forget IE8, though. I'll stick with Firefox.


Oh, I missed this part, yea forget IE

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:35 pm
by superflush
Great news on the laptop scene:
Apple is bringing back a [strike]Matte[/strike] Anti-Glare option for the 15'' MBP.
So glad, as Matte screens are where its at.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/11/appl ... o-charges/

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:32 pm
by huarwfn
Does anyone do their exams on a netbook? I want to do an iMac/Samsung N10 combo (I'm a gamer, major multitasker, Mac user, and trying to get myself out of the habit of sitting in bed with my laptop), but it seems like most people lug the big laptop to exams. Is there a particular reason why? I have tiny hands and never get eye strain from a screen if that makes a difference.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:40 pm
by superflush
huarwfn wrote:Does anyone do their exams on a netbook? I want to do an iMac/Samsung N10 combo


I guess you could do that. I have the NC10 now, but I'll be getting a MBP when I start law school.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:28 am
by daviddel03
hey guys, i'm a bit of a newb when it comes to computers, but what do you all think of the lenovo G550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834146706


Thanks!

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:49 pm
by missinglink
superflush wrote:Great news on the laptop scene:
Apple is bringing back a [strike]Matte[/strike] Anti-Glare option for the 15'' MBP.
So glad, as Matte screens are where its at.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/11/appl ... o-charges/

I wish they'd bring that back for the 13" MBP.

My 2006 15" MBP is really showing it's age, but I don't really want to "upgrade" to a glossy screen.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:39 am
by superflush
I can't believe this thread is back!

missinglink wrote:I don't really want to "upgrade" to a glossy screen.


Yea, don't get a glossy screen.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 3:07 am
by legalease9
Sorry if this has been asked before, but I am considering an Asus UL80Vt-A1. Its a really good, ultra portable laptop, but I'm concerned about this...

1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor


Does the fact that its 1.3 GHz going to make it too slow. I don't want to do gaming, but I DO want to be able to run law school exam software and MS office with ZERO hiccups (or as close to that as any laptop can get).

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:00 am
by SuperFreak
This was just posted; I swear it was. Can you guys suggest something cheap?

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:45 pm
by burvowski
legalease9 wrote:Sorry if this has been asked before, but I am considering an Asus UL80Vt-A1. Its a really good, ultra portable laptop, but I'm concerned about this...

1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor


Does the fact that its 1.3 GHz going to make it too slow. I don't want to do gaming, but I DO want to be able to run law school exam software and MS office with ZERO hiccups (or as close to that as any laptop can get).


If you don't want to do gaming, you'll be fine. It's not just 1.3 ghz, it's Core duo, so it's at least 1.3 ghz x 2, but these days, it's more important to look at more than just sheer Ghz (stuff like front-side bus speed, etc.). According to reviews (you can look up video reviews of it in action on YouTube btw), that computer can handle playing HD videos fine, which is a sign that its processor will be more than enough for you.

Be wary, though, that a lot of ASUS's UL laptop models do NOT have cd drives, which could be a deal breaker if you need that for final exams and aren't able to find an external drive (which isn't hard). I'm not sure about that particular model you mentioned though (I've been eyeing the 13" model myself).. Check with your school, my law school does't do exams on cd drives but has us download the software so that is not a issue for me. You will have zero hiccups using the software you mentioned. It'll have no trouble handling 10 browser windows + microsoft office + your music player at the same time.

Those are solid laptops that have been getting great reviews. I'm certainly considering getting one for my 1L year.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 2:46 pm
by legalease9
burvowski wrote:
legalease9 wrote:Sorry if this has been asked before, but I am considering an Asus UL80Vt-A1. Its a really good, ultra portable laptop, but I'm concerned about this...

1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor


Does the fact that its 1.3 GHz going to make it too slow. I don't want to do gaming, but I DO want to be able to run law school exam software and MS office with ZERO hiccups (or as close to that as any laptop can get).


If you don't want to do gaming, you'll be fine. It's not just 1.3 ghz, it's Core duo, so it's at least 1.3 ghz x 2, but these days, it's more important to look at more than just sheer Ghz (stuff like front-side bus speed, etc.). According to reviews (you can look up video reviews of it in action on YouTube btw), that computer can handle playing HD videos fine, which is a sign that its processor will be more than enough for you.

Be wary, though, that a lot of ASUS's UL laptop models do NOT have cd drives, which could be a deal breaker if you need that for final exams and aren't able to find an external drive (which isn't hard). I'm not sure about that particular model you mentioned though (I've been eyeing the 13" model myself).. Check with your school, my law school does't do exams on cd drives but has us download the software so that is not a issue for me. You will have zero hiccups using the software you mentioned. It'll have no trouble handling 10 browser windows + microsoft office + your music player at the same time.

Those are solid laptops that have been getting great reviews. I'm certainly considering getting one for my 1L year.


Cool thanks for the info. Acctually, the one I'm looking at has both a CD drive and 512 GB Video Card. And it's still pretty cheap ($750)! The only downside is that its heavier than the 13 by a pound.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 3:09 pm
by rcharles
Noob here.

Are there any potential compatibility problems that could arise if I use a PC at home (desktop), and a mac laptop?

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:31 am
by legalease9
rcharles wrote:Noob here.

Are there any potential compatibility problems that could arise if I use a PC at home (desktop), and a mac laptop?


Yes there are potential compatibility problems. LOTS of them. However, Mac and PC have become more and more compatible with eachother over the years. However, make SURE your Law School can handle mac for things such as exam software and the like. Many schools can, but some can't.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:33 am
by legalease9
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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:33 am
by goblue1646
Is the only difference between the 13inch Macbook Pro and the normal Macbook the aluminum cover? Is there really no other difference? Because I love how the MBP looks, but is it worth an extra 200 bucks?!?!?!

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:58 am
by StrictlyLiable
Yeah its definitely worth it. Can't beat a backlit keyboard and sturdiness of aluminum.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 5:55 am
by superflush
goblue1646 wrote:Is the only difference between the 13inch Macbook Pro and the normal Macbook the aluminum cover? Is there really no other difference? Because I love how the MBP looks, but is it worth an extra 200 bucks?!?!?!


Yes. Never question whether it's worth it.
You should really up it to 15, get the matte screen, and an SSD.
Btw, Cram & Jam has officially started.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 6:45 am
by dextermorgan
goblue1646 wrote:Is the only difference between the 13inch Macbook Pro and the normal Macbook the aluminum cover? Is there really no other difference? Because I love how the MBP looks, but is it worth an extra 200 bucks?!?!?!

I dropped my aluminum Macbook. Huge dent, which slowly returned to normal. The plastic one would have been cracked, or worse. It's worth it.

Oh and the backlit keyboard is amazing. Once you have one you won't go back.

Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:57 am
by wakefield
dextermorgan wrote:
goblue1646 wrote:Is the only difference between the 13inch Macbook Pro and the normal Macbook the aluminum cover? Is there really no other difference? Because I love how the MBP looks, but is it worth an extra 200 bucks?!?!?!

I dropped my aluminum Macbook. Huge dent, which slowly returned to normal. The plastic one would have been cracked, or worse. It's worth it.

Oh and the backlit keyboard is amazing. Once you have one you won't go back.



My aluminum macbook has been dropped a few times, and it's not even dented. They're worth it.


That being said...should I be worried about taking exams on my mac using Bootcamp? Has anyone run into problems doing this?