The Ideal Law School Laptop

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby burvowski » Fri May 28, 2010 12:15 pm

Jesus, guys, buy some velcro gloves or something. I don't think I've ever dropped a laptop once in the my 22 years on this planet.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Fri May 28, 2010 11:27 pm

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


Just find out what the deal is at your school.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby wakefield » Sat May 29, 2010 12:02 am

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


Just find out what the deal is at your school.


I'll be able to use bootcamp to take exams on windows (using examsoft). I've just never needed to run bootcamp before, so I guess I'm nervous about potential glitches.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby goblue1646 » Sat May 29, 2010 2:14 am

superflush 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?!?!?!


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.



i WISH. that would take me up to about $2000, and i'm pretty much a homeless person as it is.

thanks for the advice guys, i'll get the aluminum for sure. :)

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Sat May 29, 2010 4:08 am

goblue1646 wrote:i WISH. that would take me up to about $2000, and i'm pretty much a homeless person as it is.

thanks for the advice guys, i'll get the aluminum for sure. :)


Here's the Cram & Jam link: http://www.apple.com/campusoffer/

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby findbosco » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:54 pm

I've read through 8 pages of the fine comments and considerations on here - thank you kindly to the contributors - but am still unsure as to what to purchase [paralysis through analysis]. I've read with interest the recommendations for Lenovo's and am wondering if that extends to their bargain computers as well, such as the one listed below:

Intel Pentium Processor T4400 ( 2.20GHz 800MHz 1MB )
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 32
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
14.0" WXGA LED Backlight TFT 1366x768
Industry Standard Touchpad
250GB 5400
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless
One year parts and labor (system battery: one year)
2Yr Basic Limited Warranty Extension

All this for $498.97.

My Mom has a Lenovo, which has been nothing but problems [granted, it was a refurb deal, R61e, from Tiger Direct].

I've also considered the Macs, but at $950, that's out of my price range [anyone know if rumors of a July $100 edu deal are to be believed?].

Words of wisdom for the poor of pocket?

EDIT: Just read the latest post by superflush - looks like Mac is only running a $50 discount this year.

EDIT2: For those who haven't discovered the Lenovo 'Family & Friends' discount, details follow:
http://www.lenovo.com/contractor
704919

Supposedly you'll need the code above but likely just at checkout, as I personalized [but did not purchase] and did not need the code.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:49 am

findbosco wrote:I've also considered the Macs, but at $950, that's out of my price range [anyone know if rumors of a July $100 edu deal are to be believed?].

Words of wisdom for the poor of pocket?

EDIT: Just read the latest post by superflush - looks like Mac is only running a $50 discount this year.


This discount for Mac is depending on the cost of the computer to begin with. - http://www.apple.com/campusoffer/
I got $200 off of mine. The cheapest MacBook would be $950 after the education discount. You would also get a $200 rebate for an iPod and a $100 rebate for a printer.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby juevonate » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:58 pm

Good thread.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby yinz » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:43 pm

juevonate wrote:Good thread.


Old thread.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Luis Gomez » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:15 pm

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby angiej » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:36 pm

I have a 3 year old HP that I love dearly and has been very reliable. By the time I enter law school it will be 4 years old. Is this a recipe for disaster? Can I just have it checked out and "tuned up" or is it wise to buy new before entering law school?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:22 pm

angiej wrote:I have a 3 year old HP that I love dearly and has been very reliable. By the time I enter law school it will be 4 years old. Is this a recipe for disaster? Can I just have it checked out and "tuned up" or is it wise to buy new before entering law school?


Get a MacBook Pro.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:22 pm

[edit]: posted the same things twice.
Last edited by superflush on Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Snoopy1216 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:28 pm

I just bought a Mac and Parallels. Before I open/install it, has anyone had any experience with it? How necessary do you guys think it is?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby angiej » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:43 pm

superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:I have a 3 year old HP that I love dearly and has been very reliable. By the time I enter law school it will be 4 years old. Is this a recipe for disaster? Can I just have it checked out and "tuned up" or is it wise to buy new before entering law school?


Get a MacBook Pro.


But what about all of the law school incompatability issues? Are they really solved with bootcamp?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby yoitsmebenny » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:52 pm

angiej wrote:
superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:I have a 3 year old HP that I love dearly and has been very reliable. By the time I enter law school it will be 4 years old. Is this a recipe for disaster? Can I just have it checked out and "tuned up" or is it wise to buy new before entering law school?


Get a MacBook Pro.


But what about all of the law school incompatability issues? Are they really solved with bootcamp?


With Boot Camp, it is virtually indistinguishable from a "standard" PC. There should be absolutely no compatibility issues.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby angiej » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:54 pm

yoitsmebenny wrote:
angiej wrote:
superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:I have a 3 year old HP that I love dearly and has been very reliable. By the time I enter law school it will be 4 years old. Is this a recipe for disaster? Can I just have it checked out and "tuned up" or is it wise to buy new before entering law school?


Get a MacBook Pro.


But what about all of the law school incompatability issues? Are they really solved with bootcamp?


With Boot Camp, it is virtually indistinguishable from a "standard" PC. There should be absolutely no compatibility issues.


And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby yoitsmebenny » Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:50 pm

angiej wrote:
yoitsmebenny wrote:
angiej wrote:
superflush wrote:
Get a MacBook Pro.


But what about all of the law school incompatability issues? Are they really solved with bootcamp?


With Boot Camp, it is virtually indistinguishable from a "standard" PC. There should be absolutely no compatibility issues.


And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?


Boot Camp runs Windows natively, so you are using the full system resources to run it (meaning it isn't virtualized and you aren't running OS X in the background). All of the MBPs have more than enough system memory to handle XP and even 7.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:32 pm

angiej wrote:And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?


Yes, it will essentially ruin the computer so it won't run properly.
No, are you kidding. You'll be fine.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Mr. Matlock » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:38 pm

superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?


Yes, it will essentially ruin the computer so it won't run properly.
No, are you kidding. You'll be fine.

What is the difference between boot camp and parrallels? Is it the same thing or do you need one or the other OR both?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:00 am

Mr. Matlock wrote:What is the difference between boot camp and parrallels? Is it the same thing or do you need one or the other OR both?


Boot Camp just lets you dual-boot with Windows.
Parallels (or VMware Fusion) is for virtualization. You don't need Parallels or VMware unless you want to virtualize.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby yoitsmebenny » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:35 am

Mr. Matlock wrote:
superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?


Yes, it will essentially ruin the computer so it won't run properly.
No, are you kidding. You'll be fine.

What is the difference between boot camp and parrallels? Is it the same thing or do you need one or the other OR both?


Boot camp runs Windows natively on the computer. Parallels runs a "virtualized" Windows from within the OS X operating sytem.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby wakefield » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:02 am

Mr. Matlock wrote:
superflush wrote:
angiej wrote:And what about memory space? Doesn't it take up enough to slow things down?


Yes, it will essentially ruin the computer so it won't run properly.
No, are you kidding. You'll be fine.

What is the difference between boot camp and parrallels? Is it the same thing or do you need one or the other OR both?


to use examsoft, you'll definitely need bootcamp. your schools website should tell you whats ok/what exam software they use.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Rand M. » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:11 am

Snoopy1216 wrote:I just bought a Mac and Parallels. Before I open/install it, has anyone had any experience with it? How necessary do you guys think it is?


I have it installed on my machine and use it from time to time. I use it with Windows 7, and have no complaints. Everything runs smoothly, and it offers a good number of different 'views' that are convenient for different things.

Also, I would like to point out that while everyone is advising using bootcamp/parallels/vmware, one should first check with your school. It may be the case that their exam software is compatible with Mac OS X. Or, it could be the case that there is no exam software at all. At U of C for instance, you just compose the exam in your word processing program of choice, and then email it to turn it in. If you have no software, then you have no software compatibility issues. Everyone's situation will be different.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

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