jrs12 wrote:They probably have the 3k limit so that people aren't buying gaming systems that are far more than they need for law school. I really can't imagine what kind of computing equipment you could need for law school that you couldn't get for under 2k.
1. I prefer Macs. I can come up with some ethical spiel about why I prefer Macs, or I could just be honest and say I prefer Macs because I'm more familiar with them, they are more versatile, and more stable. I don't want a PC.
2. The 3k is not a grant. We are adults. It is somewhat...odd...for them to get mad at what kind of computers we are buying with money we are being loaned
and have to pay back. If they're trying to teach fiscal responsibility, how about finding a way to keep us from going $200,000k into debt, rather than saving us an extra $1,000 on computer loans?
$200 backpacks are definitely luxury items. External drives are cheap. A laser printer will come with a cartridge, and you will probably not have to replace it for years. SSD drive is definitely a luxury item, and totally unnecessary for law school applications.
SSD drives are much less prone to failure than HDDs. I don't know if you've ever had a hard drive fail with data on it, but it's not fun. Yes, you can get an external HDD and back stuff up...but again, bad experiences. Give me the newer, faster, and more stable product.
And who cares whether or not they're luxury items? The budget specifically covers them, and they could easily be bought under the previous $3,000 loan. Again, I don't see why the decrease was warranted. If we wanted to save ourselves $1,000 and buy as little and as cheaply as possible, we are adults and could have elected to do so. If we wanted to "stupidly" spend up to the maximum, why not let us?
You won't need the warranty, as they'll be fully supported by HLS IT services.
Oh come on. Have you ever dealt with school IT departments?
Furthermore, what if you have an actual hardware failure? Is IT going to pay for the replacement part?
I get what you're saying. The budget is do-able, for sure. But there seems to be no reason for the allowance decrease, and that's what annoys me the most.