dalancas wrote:[/strike]dalancas wrote:Island Girl wrote:Great to hear! If things don't work out with Davis, it's LA for me. I'd still be pretty excited to attend Loyola. You might want to consider getting a windows laptop over a Mac. I heard you'd have to install bootcamp in a Mac for it to be usable during exams. It might not apply to Loyola but it never hurts to check. You don't want computer issues in the middle of a final.
[strike]My friend Garrett (who was on the student panel at Preview day) has had a Mac for all of law school and he says a little less than half of the students there use a Mac. He has never had any issues with exam software.
I talked with Garrett again today and he said that you indeed do have to use Bootcamp in order to use the SofTest exam software for finals. On top of that, it is the same software used on the CA bar exam as well. Totally lame. Even though bootcamp is free, when you add the whole extra step, I don't know if it's worth it.
The computer I am currently in favor of is the HP dm3t series... 4.2 lbs and 9 hrs of better life in addition to having a mostly brushed aluminum exterior that appears pretty durable and solid overall. It doesn't include a DVD drive, so you have to get an external one, but the way I see it, there is no way I would ever need a CD/DVD player at school anyways. It ends up being about $750.
Hey dalancas. I'm such a dufus for not checking this thread earlier and seeing that you've replied! haha. Don't want to leave people hanging. Thanks for the info on Bootcamp. That's certainly cemented my preference for windows. I'm thinking of getting a Sony Vaio. It looks durable and reliable and since I don't plan on changing laptops while I'm in law school, I think it'll be a good investment. It'll be my first time taking exams on a computer and I'd feel much better knowing I can count on the hardware. I also have a three year old desktop with updated memory, video card, etc. that will be staying in my apartment.