The Ideal Law School Laptop

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby SaintClarence27 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:08 am

Found a good deal on a 2nd monitor:

http://www.fatwallet.com/best-deals/asu ... d-monitor/

ASUS 23" HDMI Widescreen HD LCD Monitor
$159.99 after rebate

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby sangr » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:23 am

ive been lookin at the past pages but could someone please help me out for a laptop choice?

i just need one thats

relatively easy to carry around

RELIABLE( doesnt break down)

comfortable to use (fast, keyboard is good)

Price is not an issue. but i dont see how it could go extremely high when those three are my main criteria

could someone please help me? i did lookat the past threads but they dont necessarily answer what i want to know

id appreciate it a lot

thanks guys

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby BVest » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:00 am

sangr wrote:ive been lookin at the past pages but could someone please help me out for a laptop choice?

i just need one thats

relatively easy to carry around

RELIABLE( doesnt break down)

comfortable to use (fast, keyboard is good)

Price is not an issue. but i dont see how it could go extremely high when those three are my main criteria

could someone please help me? i did lookat the past threads but they dont necessarily answer what i want to know

id appreciate it a lot

thanks guys


MacBook Pro 13 fits your description quite well. The downside is the lack of OneNote for Mac.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Jaeger » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:09 pm

sangr wrote:ive been lookin at the past pages but could someone please help me out for a laptop choice?

i just need one thats

relatively easy to carry around

RELIABLE( doesnt break down)

comfortable to use (fast, keyboard is good)

Price is not an issue. but i dont see how it could go extremely high when those three are my main criteria

could someone please help me? i did lookat the past threads but they dont necessarily answer what i want to know

id appreciate it a lot

thanks guys


Sony Vaio Z series if price is no issue. Get one with an ssd. I have been salivating. Plus, buy a PC, get an xbox plus windows 8 when it comes out for $15.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby lovejopd » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:14 pm

What about getting a huge screen such as 17.3? I saw many law students open more than 2 documents at the same time, so I thought having a big screen could be a good idea. Any thought?

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MC2 ... pd_sxp_f_i
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 11&name=17

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:19 pm

lovejopd wrote:What about getting a huge screen such as 17.3? I saw many law students open more than 2 documents at the same time, so I thought having a big screen could be a good idea. Any thought?

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MC2 ... pd_sxp_f_i
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 11&name=17
I love my 17" and I'll be taking it to Chicago as a backup, but it's a beast. Most laptop bags don't even fit it, and it weighs a ton. You probably don't want to be carrying around a 17" every day. Get an external monitor for working at home, and a 13-15" laptop.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby lovejopd » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:36 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
lovejopd wrote:What about getting a huge screen such as 17.3? I saw many law students open more than 2 documents at the same time, so I thought having a big screen could be a good idea. Any thought?

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MC2 ... pd_sxp_f_i
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 11&name=17
I love my 17" and I'll be taking it to Chicago as a backup, but it's a beast. Most laptop bags don't even fit it, and it weighs a ton. You probably don't want to be carrying around a 17" every day. Get an external monitor for working at home, and a 13-15" laptop.

Thx!
Due to an advancement of technology, it is not really heavy even though it could be hard to find a perfect pouch/bags lol
I am waiting for 17inch Ultrabook!!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Prospecta8571 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:19 pm

This might have already been addressed, but does anyone know when Sony's new line is going to be released? I went on the website to buy a laptop and most are going on steep discount or are unavailable. I was looking into getting the 14-in C series with some bumped-up ram but the only one now available in that screen size is bright pink. I have a feeling that they are about to put some new stuff up, but do not know for sure. Any rumblings in the interwebs?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:39 pm

sangr wrote:ive been looking ...
i just need one thats
...


MacBook Air.
And wait a week or two until the announcements at WWDC.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby bk1 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:44 pm

lovejopd wrote:What about getting a huge screen such as 17.3? I saw many law students open more than 2 documents at the same time, so I thought having a big screen could be a good idea. Any thought?

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MC2 ... pd_sxp_f_i
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 11&name=17


I will add (as I have many times before for this same question) that it's not only screen size but resolution that matters. A 15" can open two docs side by side pretty easily if its 1920x1200, but if its 1366x768 then not so much. Though it's also important to consider the fact that screen resolution is one of the biggest driving factors in laptop price.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:38 pm

Thoughts?

$1309.99
HP ENVY 15T-3200

Processor - 3rd generation Intel(R) Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics - 1GB Radeon™ HD 7750M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory - 6GB 1600DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive - 750G 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Display - 15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Optical drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Networking - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Operating system - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Primary battery - 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (Up to 10.25 hours of battery life)
Camera - 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype
Audio - Beats Audio™ (6 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer)
Keyboard - Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Ports - 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort; 2 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in
Removable media - Digital media card reader

It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby noleknight16 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:29 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Thoughts?

$1309.99
HP ENVY 15T-3200

Processor - 3rd generation Intel(R) Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics - 1GB Radeon™ HD 7750M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory - 6GB 1600DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive - 750G 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Display - 15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Optical drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Networking - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Operating system - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Primary battery - 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (Up to 10.25 hours of battery life)
Camera - 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype
Audio - Beats Audio™ (6 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer)
Keyboard - Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Ports - 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort; 2 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in
Removable media - Digital media card reader

It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.


Great laptop as is. Unless you do HD video editing/rendering on the reg, I doubt you'll need an i7.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby BVest » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:47 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.


Speaking more generally than about this system, I've been buying systems for my company for 16 years and I always find far more value in RAM upgrades and HDD size/speed than I do in processor speed.

My typical purchase is:
Second best processor (there's usually a steep dropoff in price from bleeding edge to leading edge)
Max the RAM
Max the HDD speed and get double the HDD space I think I could possibly ever want.

At that rate, the systems tend to run smooth for 4-5 years.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby el William » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:58 pm

noleknight16 wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Thoughts?

$1309.99
HP ENVY 15T-3200

Processor - 3rd generation Intel(R) Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics - 1GB Radeon™ HD 7750M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory - 6GB 1600DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive - 750G 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Display - 15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Optical drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Networking - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Operating system - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Primary battery - 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (Up to 10.25 hours of battery life)
Camera - 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype
Audio - Beats Audio™ (6 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer)
Keyboard - Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Ports - 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort; 2 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in
Removable media - Digital media card reader

It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.


Great laptop as is. Unless you do HD video editing/rendering on the reg, I doubt you'll need an i7.


This looks like a nice machine, but the price is a little high for me.

I have been looking at the Lenovo idea pad u410. You can get it with up to 8 gb ram ( which is the most important spec IMO) and you it has the new ivy bridge processors, up to a core i7. The best part is they claim the price for the entry model will be around $800. I cant find the price for the maxed out version yet. They are available for sale on the Lenovo site by the end of the month. It looks like a great computer and an option where I can max out the ram and processor for less that $1000.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby presidentk1 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:37 am

IMO you should drop the hybrid drive and get a real SSD

Prices have recently hit the 1gb=$1 parity

If you can spend the extra cash, i would recommend corsair's force GT series
its async memory, sata III, i get 500+mb/sec read/write

the difference is very VERY noticeable in all aspects of usage

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:43 am

bk1 wrote:I will add (as I have many times before for this same question) that it's not only screen size but resolution that matters. A 15" can open two docs side by side pretty easily if its 1920x1200, but if its 1366x768 then not so much. Though it's also important to consider the fact that screen resolution is one of the biggest driving factors in laptop price.


+1 to this.

You can very easily view 2 docs at once on the MacBook Air. High resolution is what matters.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Doorkeeper » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:53 am

Jaeger wrote:Sony Vaio Z series if price is no issue. Get one with an ssd. I have been salivating. Plus, buy a PC, get an xbox plus windows 8 when it comes out for $15.


The S Series is also pretty damn good if you're not looking to spend that much. Mine was like $1,200 last year. It's great.

It looks like you can get a pretty nice one for $899 now. Damn.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby dstr15 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:02 pm

Do you guys have any recommendations for an external monitors to use with a MBA-if that makes any differences, prob going to have to buy an adapter regardless (under $200, 21-24 inches)? Thanks.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Confused7 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:31 pm

I apologize if this has been covered before, but does anyone use a Netbook? I've been using Netbooks all throughout college pretty much and I love how compact and convenient they are. Do people use these in law school too or are they considered a gamble since law school exams are taken on the computer??

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:41 pm

Confused7 wrote:I apologize if this has been covered before, but does anyone use a Netbook? I've been using Netbooks all throughout college pretty much and I love how compact and convenient they are. Do people use these in law school too or are they considered a gamble since law school exams are taken on the computer??
A few people seem to like them, but most people think they are too small and too unreliable.

Realize that you are going to be typing thousands of words on exams, frequently under a time restraint, and decide whether the mini keyboard is going to work for you. Also, having 2 programs open side-by-side on your screen is useful (word + one note or internet, etc.) and that's just not going to happen on a 10" screen.

They're also built of cheaper components and are basically the disposable toilet paper of computers. Odds are it won't fail in the middle of an exam, but...

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby BVest » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:01 am

dstr15 wrote:Do you guys have any recommendations for an external monitors to use with a MBA-if that makes any differences, prob going to have to buy an adapter regardless (under $200, 21-24 inches)? Thanks.


If you own a macbook, you should own an adapter anyway.

Model will not matter as long as it has a DVI input.

DVI cable should run about $14-16 for a 6'.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby lynch » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:34 am

Toshiba or Apple can last long.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby TheRainMan » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:04 am

lynch wrote:Toshiba or Apple can last long.


Apple also will have neither an optical drive nor an ethernet port. Awesome.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Ded Precedent » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:17 am

rinkrat19 wrote:Thoughts?

$1309.99
HP ENVY 15T-3200

Processor - 3rd generation Intel(R) Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics - 1GB Radeon™ HD 7750M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory - 6GB 1600DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive - 750G 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Display - 15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Optical drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Networking - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Operating system - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Primary battery - 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (Up to 10.25 hours of battery life)
Camera - 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype
Audio - Beats Audio™ (6 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer)
Keyboard - Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Ports - 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort; 2 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in
Removable media - Digital media card reader

It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.


I'm just curious, where are you buying this from?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:01 am

Ded Precedent wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Thoughts?

$1309.99
HP ENVY 15T-3200

Processor - 3rd generation Intel(R) Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics - 1GB Radeon™ HD 7750M GDDR5 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory - 6GB 1600DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive - 750G 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Display - 15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Optical drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Networking - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Operating system - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Primary battery - 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (Up to 10.25 hours of battery life)
Camera - 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype
Audio - Beats Audio™ (6 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer)
Keyboard - Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Ports - 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort; 2 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in
Removable media - Digital media card reader

It's $100 extra to upgrade to an i7 processor. Worth it?
I didn't upgrade the RAM from the base setup because I can always buy new memory, probably cheaper.
I wish it had a blu-ray drive, but that's not a dealbreaker.
I don't game, but I do work with big photos.


I'm just curious, where are you buying this from?
From the HP website.
I ended up upgrading the CPU and RAM one more step up, and using the 33% off code that someone posted (expired now) to bring it down to $1150. Pretty decent deal, I think.




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