Computers for Law School 2011

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby deebs » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:40 pm

I prefer my i5 laptop with a custom build AMD phenom II X4 965, ATI 6870, 4G ram, and 23 inch monitor. Set those two babies up and you're good to go with screen space, one note linkage between the lappy and the desktop, and maximum outline viewage for takehome exams

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ran12 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:12 pm

The Asus u30sd that was mentioned earlier with the xbox seems like a pretty good deal considering what it can do. I just got a Asus u46e at Bestbuy and it's a pretty good laptop. Can get over 10 hours easily on Balanced battery mode and with the wifi turned off. Both are under $800 and considered to be up there by critics. I was looking at Vaios and Thinkpads but the Asus can do pretty much everything those can and has what you need for a school laptop.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Manash » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:15 pm

Ordered a Lenovo X220 last night.

Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2410M (2.30GHz)
Memory: 4GB DDR3 at 1333MHz
Drives: 320GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
Graphics & Video:
* Intel HD 3000 Graphics
* 12.5” LED HD Display (1366x768)
* 16:9 aspect ratio
* HD720p resolution, wide view angle, low light sensitive, fixed focus camera
Communications: 802.11 b/g/n Intel 1000 Wireless LAN & Bluetooth 3.0
Power Supply: 6 cell lithium Ion battery

Additional Information:
* (W X D X H) 12.0” X 8.13” X 0.75 - 1.36”
* 3 Year limited warranty / 1Year battery
* Weight: 3.31 lbs [feeling this]

And it comes with a free Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 so I can uninstall Norton right away.

With tax and shipping: $1,086.24

For those who purchased or are in the know, is there a big disparity between the 6 cell and 9 cell battery. It appears the 6 cell might be good enough for an entire day of class [9 hr span] without needing a charge.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby binghamtonalum » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:54 pm

Just ordered the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge e420s, used PROMO CODE: GOOGLESHOP for 10% off.

Intel Core i5-2410M Processor (2.3GHz up to SC 2.9GHz, 3MB L3)1
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
14.0" W HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlight, Infinity Glass, Low-light sensitive HD Webcam
Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel Core i5-2410M Processor
4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)8
UltraNav with TrackPoint and ClickPad plus Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm4
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 100010
Thinkpad 14W Laptop Sleeve

All for 698 with tax included.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby adonai » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:31 pm

This pretty lookin deal just popped up on slickdeals:

On lenovo.com,
"Search "Z370" and click on the 2nd laptop shown from the top "view Z series". Choose the $599 laptop, add to cart and apply the discount code below.

Use DEALIGG10C for 10% off

on sale for $599.99 - 10% with coupon = $539.10

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Laptop Specs:
Lenovo Z370 (102522U)
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor ( 2.30GHz 1333MHz 3MB )
13.3" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
500GB 5400
4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Lenovo BGN Wireless
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
One year parts and labor (system battery: one year)
Intel Integrated HD Graphics 3000"

You can also get an i3 version for $450. Ideapad is more for the consumer whereas thinkpad is more for the business/school minded person. Personally, I like this one better cause it doesnt have the annoying nipple in the middle of the keyboard, but still has the same island chicklet keyboard lenovo is famous for.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:46 pm

Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby zeth006 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:09 pm

beach_terror wrote:Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.


I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby adonai » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:50 pm

zeth006 wrote:
beach_terror wrote:Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.


I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

I don't see a point in getting something top of the line when I'm probably going to replace it in two years anyway.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby bigjinjapan » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:59 pm

adonai wrote:
zeth006 wrote:
beach_terror wrote:Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.


I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

I don't see a point in getting something top of the line when I'm probably going to replace it in two years anyway.


I'd rather be using something top-of-the-line for 2 years, myself...

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:04 pm

adonai wrote:
zeth006 wrote:
beach_terror wrote:Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.


I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

I don't see a point in getting something top of the line when I'm probably going to replace it in two years anyway.

Then buy from a company who produces such laptops. If you're buying a Lenovo, you're buying a Thinkpad because of the build quality. You don't go to FalconNW and ask for a computer that doesn't include all the state of the art gaming stuff.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby adonai » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:47 pm

beach_terror wrote:
adonai wrote:
zeth006 wrote:
beach_terror wrote:Why someone would buy a Lenovo and not get a Thinkpad is beyond me.


I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

I don't see a point in getting something top of the line when I'm probably going to replace it in two years anyway.

Then buy from a company who produces such laptops. If you're buying a Lenovo, you're buying a Thinkpad because of the build quality. You don't go to FalconNW and ask for a computer that doesn't include all the state of the art gaming stuff.

Apparently Lenovo is a company who "produces such laptops" if the ideapad is really that bad. I haven't found any laptops below $450 that doesn't use core2 technology. The ideapad seems like a good value to me from a reputable company. I'm all about best bang for the buck cause I don't have a g to drop on a computer that will be outdated in six months.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby gothamm » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:00 am

deebs wrote:I prefer my i5 laptop with a custom build AMD phenom II X4 965, ATI 6870, 4G ram, and 23 inch monitor. Set those two babies up and you're good to go with screen space, one note linkage between the lappy and the desktop, and maximum outline viewage for takehome exams


OneNote linkage? could you please explain how this works. Sounds interesting. I would like to keep a netbook on the side so this may help...

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:34 am

adonai wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
adonai wrote:
zeth006 wrote:.

I think most people here are unaware that the difference in price is the consequence of difference in build material quality and reliability.

I don't see a point in getting something top of the line when I'm probably going to replace it in two years anyway.

Then buy from a company who produces such laptops. If you're buying a Lenovo, you're buying a Thinkpad because of the build quality. You don't go to FalconNW and ask for a computer that doesn't include all the state of the art gaming stuff.

Apparently Lenovo is a company who "produces such laptops" if the ideapad is really that bad. I haven't found any laptops below $450 that doesn't use core2 technology. The ideapad seems like a good value to me from a reputable company. I'm all about best bang for the buck cause I don't have a g to drop on a computer that will be outdated in six months.


The reason why Thinkpads are popular is that they'll easily last 3x longer than "normal" laptops. Look of Craigslist at the people selling their old ones. The main reason is, "I need something that runs something newer than XP."

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:37 am

ResolutePear wrote:The reason why Thinkpads are popular is that they'll easily last 3x longer than "normal" laptops. Look of Craigslist at the people selling their old ones. The main reason is, "I need something that runs something newer than XP."


Or the majority were purchased by corporations and therefore comparatively few are sold on craigslist.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:44 am

albanach wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:The reason why Thinkpads are popular is that they'll easily last 3x longer than "normal" laptops. Look of Craigslist at the people selling their old ones. The main reason is, "I need something that runs something newer than XP."


Or the majority were purchased by corporations and therefore comparatively few are sold on craigslist.


Er, that reinforces my argument? The fact that there are many more surviving thinkpads from early 2000s versus other laptops says something.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:49 am

ResolutePear wrote:Er, that reinforces my argument? The fact that there are many more surviving thinkpads from early 2000s versus other laptops says something.


eBay has almost three times as many working P4 Dell Latitudes compared to Thinkpads. Does that mean Latitudes have even better longevity?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby cruelestgame » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:54 am

so anyone have a thinkpad w520?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Bill Cosby » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:55 am

albanach wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:Er, that reinforces my argument? The fact that there are many more surviving thinkpads from early 2000s versus other laptops says something.


eBay has almost three times as many working P4 Dell Latitudes compared to Thinkpads. Does that mean Latitudes have even better longevity?


Way more Latitudes were sold than Thinkpads.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:13 am

Bill Cosby wrote:Way more Latitudes were sold than Thinkpads.


Probably, though I have not seen stats breaking down sales by product line.

What I was getting at is 3rd party sales on Craigslist is hardly a good way to measure quality or reliability.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:34 am

albanach wrote:
Bill Cosby wrote:Way more Latitudes were sold than Thinkpads.


Probably, though I have not seen stats breaking down sales by product line.

What I was getting at is 3rd party sales on Craigslist is hardly a good way to measure quality or reliability.


Well, I'd entertain a better method since you suggested one in hand.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:56 am

ResolutePear wrote:
Well, I'd entertain a better method since you suggested one in hand.


I think it's pretty straightforward actually. Any new computer is powerful enough for Law School. A student has two options as I see it. Buy cheap, take care of a more fragile laptop and hope it survives. Probably self-insure, running to Best Buy or something if your laptop croaks during finals. At a given price point, an IdeaPad from Lenovo, Inspiron from Dell, or a Pavilion from HP will probably all be similar in quality and components.

Alternatively, buy a business class computer like a ThinkPad from Lenovo, a Latitude from Dell or an EliteBook from HP. Given you can (I think) only borrow once for a laptop during the three years, pay for an extended on-site warranty. Again, at a price point, computers from these lines are probably pretty similar.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:16 pm

albanach wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
Well, I'd entertain a better method since you suggested one in hand.


I think it's pretty straightforward actually. Any new computer is powerful enough for Law School. A student has two options as I see it. Buy cheap, take care of a more fragile laptop and hope it survives. Probably self-insure, running to Best Buy or something if your laptop croaks during finals. At a given price point, an IdeaPad from Lenovo, Inspiron from Dell, or a Pavilion from HP will probably all be similar in quality and components.

Alternatively, buy a business class computer like a ThinkPad from Lenovo, a Latitude from Dell or an EliteBook from HP. Given you can (I think) only borrow once for a laptop during the three years, pay for an extended on-site warranty. Again, at a price point, computers from these lines are probably pretty similar.

I can tell you first hand that Dell Latitude's are gigantic pieces of shit and ThinkPad's are infinitely better. You seem dense though, so go for it bro.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:41 pm

beach_terror wrote:You seem dense though, so go for it bro.


What age are you, twelve?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:57 pm

albanach wrote:
beach_terror wrote:You seem dense though, so go for it bro.


What age are you, twelve?

13/f/fl, u?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:58 pm

beach_terror wrote:
albanach wrote:
beach_terror wrote:You seem dense though, so go for it bro.


What age are you, twelve?

13/f/fl, u?


Older and wiser. Sorry.




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