The Ideal Law School Laptop

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby suchandsuch » Tue May 26, 2009 6:51 am

Anyone considering using a Pulse smart pen instead of a laptop?

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Looks like an awesome tool, but I'm a little bit worried that recording devices won't be allowed in class. Any current students using the pen without permission-to-record problems?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby nontradintexas » Tue May 26, 2009 7:09 am

Anyone know a good resource to learn the ins and outs of OneNote? I can't find a "OneNote for Dummies" book and I want to get myself up to speed on all the tips and tricks before school starts. Don't want to spend a month learning how to use software instead of focusing on studying.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby UNC2009 » Tue May 26, 2009 9:09 am

nontradintexas wrote:Anyone know a good resource to learn the ins and outs of OneNote? I can't find a "OneNote for Dummies" book and I want to get myself up to speed on all the tips and tricks before school starts. Don't want to spend a month learning how to use software instead of focusing on studying.


There are some demos on Microsoft's OneNote website. I've looked at a couple of them online. They seem pretty helpful and informative.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby joshikousei » Tue May 26, 2009 9:13 am

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby 270910 » Tue May 26, 2009 11:44 am

topsome wrote:Do you think 64 GB is enough?


depends. primary computer with all of your music and movies? maybe not. gaming? some can take almost 10 gb to install these days, so definitely not (but at 1.2 ghz and without a video card, the hard drive is the least of your worries).

for installing the OS, taking notes, creating documents, browsing the web, and Doing Law School(TM) it will be more than enough.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby deadatheist » Tue May 26, 2009 12:27 pm

i just love this thread.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby missv463 » Tue May 26, 2009 12:36 pm

got my netbook (lenovo ideapad S10) this weekend, and i love it! it will definitely work for bringing to classes and taking notes. the keyboard isn't much smaller than the standard size, but i will still have to get used to the placement of some of the keys (i.e. the right SHIFT button).

still waiting on my T400 8) ...

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby matty » Tue May 26, 2009 12:41 pm

missv463 wrote:got my netbook (lenovo ideapad S10) this weekend, and i love it! it will definitely work for bringing to classes and taking notes. the keyboard isn't much smaller than the standard size, but i will still have to get used to the placement of some of the keys (i.e. the right SHIFT button).

still waiting on my T400 8) ...

Ordered my T400 May 1st. Just got confirmation it is finally shipping today...long wait but now I'm psyched

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby azlawlady » Tue May 26, 2009 1:17 pm

UNC2009 wrote:
nontradintexas wrote:Anyone know a good resource to learn the ins and outs of OneNote? I can't find a "OneNote for Dummies" book and I want to get myself up to speed on all the tips and tricks before school starts. Don't want to spend a month learning how to use software instead of focusing on studying.


There are some demos on Microsoft's OneNote website. I've looked at a couple of them online. They seem pretty helpful and informative.

I think OneNote itself has its own type of tutorial doesn't it? Just open it up and go to what it is you want to learn how to do, etc....

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby dood » Tue May 26, 2009 2:28 pm

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hieveryone » Tue May 26, 2009 2:36 pm

matty wrote:
missv463 wrote:got my netbook (lenovo ideapad S10) this weekend, and i love it! it will definitely work for bringing to classes and taking notes. the keyboard isn't much smaller than the standard size, but i will still have to get used to the placement of some of the keys (i.e. the right SHIFT button).

still waiting on my T400 8) ...

Ordered my T400 May 1st. Just got confirmation it is finally shipping today...long wait but now I'm psyched


Dam--that's a long wait. What was your expected ship date? I'm guessing they're late?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby djshack » Tue May 26, 2009 2:44 pm

dood wrote:So after reading this forum and many others, I bought this:

ThinkPad T400
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz 1066MHz 3MBL2) 25W1
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium12
14.1 WXGA+ TFT, w/ CCFL Backlight
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with vPro
3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm4
CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 24X/24X/24X/8X Max, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA)5
No Bluetooth
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (AGN) with My WiFi Technology10
Integrated Mobile Broadband upgradable
6 cell Li-Ion Battery60
7417: 1 Year Depot Warranty - TopSeller7

Sale price: $763.30
[USETSAVINGS] -$38.17
Shipping and handling: $0.00
Estimated tax: $39.89
Estimated total: $765.02*

Note that this laptop is going to be used purely for law school, I have a media center desktop for movies, games, pron, etc.

So did any other T400 orderers have to pay sales tax?


I paid sales tax (California).

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby littleboyblue » Tue May 26, 2009 4:40 pm

is it not cheaper to buy through your school?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Anhimal » Tue May 26, 2009 4:41 pm

I'm ordering the Lenovo X200, I hope it's as good as the Lenovo T400. I bought it because it was more lightweight. Does it matter for law school classes if it doesn't have a CD or DVD player (I will buy external)?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hurricane87 » Tue May 26, 2009 4:47 pm

What do you think about the Toshiba Satellite L305-S5945?

For the price it seems hard to beat. It's listed at $430, has 4GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 2.16GHz processor, 15.4 inch screen.

It seems to have good reviews so far...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 8079752923

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby maxima099 » Tue May 26, 2009 5:04 pm

TYPE-ability .....ok That's a term I just made up lol

But my point is, you should strongly consider typeability amongst your chief parameters for judging a laptop for use in law school. Ofcourse between typing papers, class notes, and other social messaging, you'll need to make sure that the keyboard is not too stiff or too loose and that the palm-rest panel is sized well enough for your hands...

With that said - does anyone know of laptops with superior type-ability?


Please advise.

=)

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue May 26, 2009 5:23 pm

dood wrote:So did any other T400 orderers have to pay sales tax?


It depends where you bought it from. If you bought it online from a place that has physical stores in the state your in, sales tax should be assessed. Also, if you're in NY, with the new the new law, sales tax is assessed even for Amazon.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby djshack » Tue May 26, 2009 5:28 pm

maxima099 wrote:TYPE-ability .....ok That's a term I just made up lol

But my point is, you should strongly consider typeability amongst your chief parameters for judging a laptop for use in law school. Ofcourse between typing papers, class notes, and other social messaging, you'll need to make sure that the keyboard is not too stiff or too loose and that the palm-rest panel is sized well enough for your hands...

With that said - does anyone know of laptops with superior type-ability?


Please advise.

=)


T400.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue May 26, 2009 5:40 pm

maxima099 wrote:TYPE-ability .....ok That's a term I just made up lol

But my point is, you should strongly consider typeability amongst your chief parameters for judging a laptop for use in law school. Ofcourse between typing papers, class notes, and other social messaging, you'll need to make sure that the keyboard is not too stiff or too loose and that the palm-rest panel is sized well enough for your hands...

With that said - does anyone know of laptops with superior type-ability?


Please advise.

=)


Macbook Pro
Toshiba R500/R600

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby vut » Tue May 26, 2009 8:45 pm

maxima099 wrote:TYPE-ability .....ok That's a term I just made up lol

But my point is, you should strongly consider typeability amongst your chief parameters for judging a laptop for use in law school. Ofcourse between typing papers, class notes, and other social messaging, you'll need to make sure that the keyboard is not too stiff or too loose and that the palm-rest panel is sized well enough for your hands...

With that said - does anyone know of laptops with superior type-ability?


Please advise.

=)


Compaq V2000 series.

One of the best keyboard layouts for me and my girlfriend. I'm a programmer and she's a writer; together we produced over 400 pages last summer on that thing before I went with a new computer. The V2000 series have been discontinued, I think.

Fortunately, HP and Compaq's basic layouts are similar for their 14-15.4 inch models, so I don't think you'll have much trouble finding a computer you're comfortable with.

I tried typing on the T400 and liked it, too. The only gripe I have with Lenovo computers is that the Fn key is placed where the Control key should be. Argh!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Tue May 26, 2009 10:50 pm

vut wrote:Compaq V2000 series.

One of the best keyboard layouts for me and my girlfriend. I'm a programmer and she's a writer; together we produced over 400 pages last summer on that thing before I went with a new computer. The V2000 series have been discontinued, I think.


Yea, I was about to say, that must be an older notebook, not around anymore.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hieveryone » Tue May 26, 2009 10:57 pm

for everyone who ordered from lenovo, did you get your laptop shipped by the estimated ship date? after?
thanks!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby topsome » Tue May 26, 2009 11:05 pm

Just ordered my monster of a laptop -- Lenovo X200s complete with 9 cell battery, 3 year warranty and 3 year "I'm a complete klutz and am going to spill and drop this lap top" warranty. This sucker isn't going to die on me.

Edit: Does anyone have buyer's remorse when they look at how aesthetically displeasing the Lenovo thinkpad is in comparison to its peers? Anyone have any pros about the way the thinkpads look?

I had an IBM thinkpad in UG and it was hideous and it looks like the design of the new thinkpads are identical.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Buckeye » Wed May 27, 2009 1:16 am

topsome wrote:Just ordered my monster of a laptop -- Lenovo X200s complete with 9 cell battery, 3 year warranty and 3 year "I'm a complete klutz and am going to spill and drop this lap top" warranty. This sucker isn't going to die on me.

Edit: Does anyone have buyer's remorse when they look at how aesthetically displeasing the Lenovo thinkpad is in comparison to its peers? Anyone have any pros about the way the thinkpads look?

I had an IBM thinkpad in UG and it was hideous and it looks like the design of the new thinkpads are identical.


Thinkpads have a distinctive look. Some people don't like it, and say its hideous/ugly/displeasing because it doesn't look pretty like a Mac or a nice shiny Dell. Other people love it, for pretty much the exact same reason. They want a computer that is practical, businesslike, and built for function rather than form. The Thinkpad look is iconic, and its not surprising it hasn't changed much over the years.

Personally I love the look, and will likely be buying another Thinkpad when the one I am using now dies.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby topsome » Wed May 27, 2009 2:26 am

Buckeye wrote:
topsome wrote:Just ordered my monster of a laptop -- Lenovo X200s complete with 9 cell battery, 3 year warranty and 3 year "I'm a complete klutz and am going to spill and drop this lap top" warranty. This sucker isn't going to die on me.

Edit: Does anyone have buyer's remorse when they look at how aesthetically displeasing the Lenovo thinkpad is in comparison to its peers? Anyone have any pros about the way the thinkpads look?

I had an IBM thinkpad in UG and it was hideous and it looks like the design of the new thinkpads are identical.


Thinkpads have a distinctive look. Some people don't like it, and say its hideous/ugly/displeasing because it doesn't look pretty like a Mac or a nice shiny Dell. Other people love it, for pretty much the exact same reason. They want a computer that is practical, businesslike, and built for function rather than form. The Thinkpad look is iconic, and its not surprising it hasn't changed much over the years.

Personally I love the look, and will likely be buying another Thinkpad when the one I am using now dies.


Yeah, it is a classic kind of look and I'm a classic kind of fellow... thanks for the perspective. :D

Damn Macbooks and their sleek design... but they're freaking Macs which kills it for me. I don't want the added inconvenience.




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