Metternich wrote:Do you guys think that the X300/X301 is worth $600 or so more dollars than the T400, similarly equipped? (Some of the fantastic promotions which other posters have referenced have made both models surpisingly affordable.) I hate computers and will only be using one because, even I'll admit, they are all but essential to success in law school. That said, part of the reason I hate them is because I've had such bad luck with mediocre systems in the past. Within reason, I want to buy a proven, reliable, portable computer that will endure three or more years of hard use and stave off obsolescence for as long as possible. In the case of the above models, is the extra money worth spending?
You, sir, have just described a mac
I don't know if that is true. From personal experience, Macs are only slightly betters in terms of endurance. However, what sets them apart is technical support. After the initial one-year warranty, they charge an arm and a leg, but they do get the job done quickly. On the PC side, IBM/Lenovo is very good with their tech support. Dell and HP provide much better support when it comes to their business machines.
Furthermore, what you are forgetting that the majority of the planet runs on Windows, especially in the business world. With Apple computers, the one thing that you always have to deal with is compatibility. I expect that to change. But that will take awhile, assuming the Apple trends continue to grow.
I would say going with the Thinkpad on this one is a better choice. Unlike the regular consumer computers, they don't load crapware, which is a nice plus. Although you can do without their extra tools.