The Ideal Law School Laptop

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hoffb86 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:10 am

thefinalcut wrote:
jadedV wrote:
hoffb86 wrote:^^ Thanks again. I appreciate the help! Mac store tomorrow to hopefully purchase this thing! Unless I can't get in the door with all those iphone shoppers there.


I just went to Apple to pick up my computer, and good luck with the iphoners. There was a line, complete with two security guards, out the door. Luckily I got to fly right past them because I just needed to "pick up my computer."


Do you need to show anything at a regular mac retail store to get the student discount and the mail-in-rebate for the ipod touch?


I am bringing acceptance letter and deposit received letter. I think that will be enough. I thought about bringing rejection letters, just to see what they would say, just for fun... but decided they wouldn't find the humor in that.

Going this afternoon (got called into work this morning), will update.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby FL135 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:38 am

Does anyone know if the program NOTEBOOk made by circus ponies is an adequate replacement to microsoft onenote. I am still trying to answer the age old question of whether to buy a mac or pc.

The only program I would run from windows is onenote, and I would rather not have to pay for windows to only run one program. Thanks.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby jessicaw » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:21 am

So I already have a 17" macbook pro, and its wonderful but obviously too big to lug to class each day. I probably will bring it in for my final exams, but otherwise I think I need to buy a netbook.

Acer Aspire 11.6" Netbook:

http://www.excaliberpc.com/591706/acer- ... cification

What do ya'll think of this little dude? Its a big netbook... or a little notebook... but either way, its cheap, lightweight and has a larger keyboard than the TINY netbooks I saw in the store. Anybody have experiences with Acer products?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hukhuk » Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:02 pm

does dell offer any laptops can compete with the T400?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:33 pm

jessicaw wrote:http://www.excaliberpc.com/591706/acer-aspire-one-ao751h-1192-160g.html#TabSpecification

What do ya'll think of this little dude? Its a big netbook... or a little notebook... but either way, its cheap, lightweight and has a larger keyboard than the TINY netbooks I saw in the store. Anybody have experiences with Acer products?


At least this one doesn't have those side buttons on the trackpad.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby superflush » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:34 pm

hukhuk wrote:does dell offer any laptops can compete with the T400?

adamo
:roll:

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hukhuk » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:57 pm

superflush wrote:
hukhuk wrote:does dell offer any laptops can compete with the T400?

adamo
:roll:


from my experiences in college dell notebooks are completely unreliable. maybe i just knew a bunch of retards. then again, my dell desktop is still going strong.

since i've only bought dell computers (outside of the ones I build), I figured I'd give them a chance to keep my business.

looks like I'll be placing a thinkpad order this weekend for the 15% off.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hoffb86 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:45 pm

This was a very very expensive day.... but I'm excited! I got my 13" macbook pro, the model up from the basic one (i did some paralegal work for my dad as favor, and his payment was the next model up's difference). Haven't even turned it on yet....

All the initial costs though.... wow.... word, cases, warranties, etc.etc., it all adds up. oh well, im definitely happy so far.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby UNC2009 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:50 pm

I bought my Lenovo x300 last week from Buy.com. I LOVE IT! It's awesome! But I have a bit of advice to ask. It came with a 3 year depot warranty from build date, which will expire on 12/3/11. That will leave me with about 6 months without any warranty coverage. I can extend the coverage through Lenovo, even though I didn't buy it from them. These are my options:

$99 - Extends the Depot warranty for 1 year (to 12/3/12)
$169 - Accident Protection (it's not currently covered for accidents) up to original warranty end date of 12/3/11.
$279 - Extends the depot warranty for one year and adds Accident protection for 3 1/2 more years (up to 12/3/12).

How many of you have the full accident protection? I wonder if I need it. I will be riding my bike to class some. The laptop will be in my backpack. Are any of you bikers concerned about taking a fall on your bike and killing your laptop?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby vut » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:05 pm

superflush wrote:
hukhuk wrote:does dell offer any laptops can compete with the T400?

adamo
:roll:


The T400 is more about raw power and performance, so I think a closer match would be the Latitude or XPS series.
The Adamo is more of a luxury lineup, built to compete with the MacBook Air.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hanshi » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:18 pm

I'm looking at the Lenovo T400 Thinkpad or the Y430 Ideapad. Any suggestions?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby deadatheist » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:10 pm

hoffb86 wrote:This was a very very expensive day.... but I'm excited! I got my 13" macbook pro, the model up from the basic one (i did some paralegal work for my dad as favor, and his payment was the next model up's difference). Haven't even turned it on yet....

All the initial costs though.... wow.... word, cases, warranties, etc.etc., it all adds up. oh well, im definitely happy so far.


no joke, at one point during the day i thought about if and when you bought your computer today, and how excited you may be as a result. and i dont even know you! haha
im jealous... enjoy it!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hoffb86 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:33 pm

deadatheist wrote:
hoffb86 wrote:This was a very very expensive day.... but I'm excited! I got my 13" macbook pro, the model up from the basic one (i did some paralegal work for my dad as favor, and his payment was the next model up's difference). Haven't even turned it on yet....

All the initial costs though.... wow.... word, cases, warranties, etc.etc., it all adds up. oh well, im definitely happy so far.


no joke, at one point during the day i thought about if and when you bought your computer today, and how excited you may be as a result. and i dont even know you! haha
im jealous... enjoy it!


Thanks. It is awesome. So happy with my purchase. After the initial shock of cost wore off at least.... :mrgreen:

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hukhuk » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:21 pm

UNC2009 wrote:I bought my Lenovo x300 last week from Buy.com. I LOVE IT! It's awesome! But I have a bit of advice to ask. It came with a 3 year depot warranty from build date, which will expire on 12/3/11. That will leave me with about 6 months without any warranty coverage. I can extend the coverage through Lenovo, even though I didn't buy it from them. These are my options:

$99 - Extends the Depot warranty for 1 year (to 12/3/12)
$169 - Accident Protection (it's not currently covered for accidents) up to original warranty end date of 12/3/11.
$279 - Extends the depot warranty for one year and adds Accident protection for 3 1/2 more years (up to 12/3/12).

How many of you have the full accident protection? I wonder if I need it. I will be riding my bike to class some. The laptop will be in my backpack. Are any of you bikers concerned about taking a fall on your bike and killing your laptop?


I'm struggling with this as well. Hopefully you never have to take advantage of the warranty, but it's nice knowing you have some protection. I think i'll go for at least a year of accident protection

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby pomona » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:13 pm

FWIW, I'm going the netbook+notebook route. The thought of lugging 4+ lbs of laptop + books to and from law school every day sounds terrible to me, and I found typing on the netbook to be okay.

I'm getting the Asus Eee PC 1005HA-P (2.8 lbs and ~10.5 hours battery life!) for everyday note-taking, and either the Lenovo T400 or T400s (depending on the latter's price point when it comes out) for at-home use, occasionally bringing to school, and for exams.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Golfballer » Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:31 pm

Friendly advice for people thinking of buying a PC laptop wait until June 26th.

This way you will be eligible for a free upgrade to windows 7 when it comes out on October 22nd.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby pasteurizedmilk » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:22 pm

Any suggestions for a good anti virus program for a mac? Now that I've dropped twice what I originally expected to on a laptop, I want to protect it.

Thanks.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Anhimal » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:31 pm

Got my Lenovo x200s! It's awesome, 2.7 lbs and light as a feather!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby Anhimal » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:38 pm

Golfballer wrote:Friendly advice for people thinking of buying a PC laptop wait until June 26th.

This way you will be eligible for a free upgrade to windows 7 when it comes out on October 22nd.


Dammit! So what about those of us who got a laptop early June?

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hoffb86 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:43 pm

pasteurizedmilk wrote:Any suggestions for a good anti virus program for a mac? Now that I've dropped twice what I originally expected to on a laptop, I want to protect it.

Thanks.


Are you running windows on it? I was under the impression that anti-virus would likely not be necessary on it if just using Mac's OS. I could be wrong on this though, in which case, I am curious as well.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby custom_concern » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:50 pm

FWIW, I spilled beer all over the keyboard of my 3 yr. old MacBook Pro after the June LSAT. Thought it was cooked for sure. Took out the battery, memory card, let it dry overnight. Worked like new the next morning. Not sure how common that is, or whether this should even be considered a feather in the Mac camp's collective cap, but I was really impressed.

Go Mac!!

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby coolkatz321 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:53 pm

custom_concern wrote:FWIW, I spilled beer all over the keyboard of my 3 yr. old MacBook Pro after the June LSAT. Thought it was cooked for sure. Took out the battery, memory card, let it dry overnight. Worked like new the next morning. Not sure how common that is, or whether this should even be considered a feather in the Mac camp's collective cap, but I was really impressed.

Go Mac!!


The Thinkpads have this as well...if any of you spill something on it, put it on a flat surface and let the liquid drain out. It should work fine after it dries.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby SK714 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:52 pm

So whats the deal with everyone being all into the Thinkpads? Why not an HP or something? Costco.com has some great deals on refurbished laptop.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby hieveryone » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:28 am

reputation for reliability. Also, they fit in well with "professional" schools.

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Re: The Ideal Law School Laptop

Postby sheltron5000 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:49 am

hoffb86 wrote:
pasteurizedmilk wrote:Any suggestions for a good anti virus program for a mac? Now that I've dropped twice what I originally expected to on a laptop, I want to protect it.

Thanks.


Are you running windows on it? I was under the impression that anti-virus would likely not be necessary on it if just using Mac's OS. I could be wrong on this though, in which case, I am curious as well.



not necessary. there are a couple (1/2) of viruses every year, but they are almost all the OPEN ME!!! variety and, thus, easily avoided.




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