Computers for Law School 2011

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:01 pm

thegrayman wrote:I went with the T420 from Amazon, shipped today :P

I used a Thinkpad when I was working big4 auditing, the keyboard will hold up to a nice 14-15 hour panic session when you need to finish everything before you file a client's 10K, so it passed the test in my eyes.


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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Nanosoft » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:18 pm

typ3 wrote:
rcweedman wrote:one more thing: I initially called them to cancel my order with the reason being that the expected shipping date was too far in the future. They offered to upgrade my shipping for free to ups 2 day... or something like that.


You did it wrong. Always buy it with the Barnes and Noble Gold Education discount. It's the most you'll get without calling in and haggling with a salesman.

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I ended up using this a second ago, bought a T420. Estimated ship date is the 26'th...which would be 3 days before my classes start. I'm really hoping they can get it out before that.

Only thing I'm iffy on is that I got a 3 yr battery warranty which pushed me above the 1000 dollar range. I hated doing it, but the battery on my last laptop (The one I'm using now actually) was terrible and ended up dying during a presentation once. It ultimately kicked out for good during my senior year. It was undergrad so it didn't really matter but I don't want to deal with it during law school. Worst comes to worst, I'll just be given a free battery at some point.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Knock » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:50 pm

Can anyone help me pick out a new laptop? I'm looking for a PC in the 15.6" range, and my budget is up to $1000. Any recommendations? I want something high quality, preferably with a nice keyboard.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:53 pm

Knock wrote:Can anyone help me pick out a new laptop? I'm looking for a PC in the 15.6" range, and my budget is up to $1000. Any recommendations? I want something high quality.


Look no further than a Thinkpad T-series build quality.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Sandro » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:54 pm

What are some cool tips/tricks in OneNote ? 8)

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby gothamm » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:52 pm

Sandro wrote:What are some cool tips/tricks in OneNote ? 8)


Place your cursor on the document and type. Text should appear on the screen.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:57 pm

gothamm wrote:
Sandro wrote:What are some cool tips/tricks in OneNote ? 8)


Place your cursor on the document and type. Text should appear on the screen.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Sandro » Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:06 pm

gothamm wrote:
Sandro wrote:What are some cool tips/tricks in OneNote ? 8)


Place your cursor on the document and type. Text should appear on the screen.


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDQQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DvEAkChFGhVI&ei=vSpITtSRK8a3tweHv4DWBQ&usg=AFQjCNEUSfKL2xqh2VD_Qs5d4qmJkPwyiQ&sig2=xq4JpcbiSwLvXD0T9539cA

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Knock » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:52 pm

Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby drmguy » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:11 pm

Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


Look no further

http://www.apple.com

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:17 pm

Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


Overclock.net is pretty good for more technical analysis of laptops.

Otherwise, amazon and gizmodo/engadget reviews are pretty good too.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:17 pm

drmguy wrote:
Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


Look no further

http://www.apple.com


Yes, I agree. Go to the manufacturers website for a third-party opinion.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:13 pm

Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


There's 56 pages of pros and cons here. There are also some knowledgeable folk if you mention what you're looking for in a laptop and what you plan to spend.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Knock » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:25 pm

albanach wrote:
Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


There's 56 pages of pros and cons here. There are also some knowledgeable folk if you mention what you're looking for in a laptop and what you plan to spend.


I've read through most of the pages and it seems that the PC most recommended is one of the Lenovo Thinkpads. I just want to explore some other possibilities before I make a decision.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:31 pm

Knock wrote:
albanach wrote:
Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


There's 56 pages of pros and cons here. There are also some knowledgeable folk if you mention what you're looking for in a laptop and what you plan to spend.


I've read through most of the pages and it seems that the PC most recommended is one of the Lenovo Thinkpads. I just want to explore some other possibilities before I make a decision.


Outside of a Macbook and a Thinkpad, it's going to be dependent on your tastes. Most laptops outside of these choices are pretty much the same when it comes to law school.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Knock » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:25 am

ResolutePear wrote:
Knock wrote:
albanach wrote:
Knock wrote:Does anyone know any good websites/resources for researching laptops?


There's 56 pages of pros and cons here. There are also some knowledgeable folk if you mention what you're looking for in a laptop and what you plan to spend.


I've read through most of the pages and it seems that the PC most recommended is one of the Lenovo Thinkpads. I just want to explore some other possibilities before I make a decision.


Outside of a Macbook and a Thinkpad, it's going to be dependent on your tastes. Most laptops outside of these choices are pretty much the same when it comes to law school.


So I was looking at the Thinkpad T420 and it doesn't appear to have a backlit keyboard or an HDMI port. Any recommendations on laptops that have those features?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby typ3 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:58 am

You don't need a back lit keyboard. It has a think light that illuminates the entire keyboard and the surrounding work area. Basically superior to any back lit keyboard if you're doing work in a dark area. My T420 does have VGA and display port out. A display port to hdmi cable is basically the same price as buying an hdmi cable. So it's not an issue. Display Port handles audio and video like hdmi.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Paraflam » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:37 am

Am I the only one who thinks that Thinkpads are ugly as sin? I'm pretty sure I had a clunky Thinkpad back in the 90s and it looked exactly the same as the new ones do now. It's like if Toyota were still making Camrys with the 1998 body style.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:13 am

Paraflam wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Thinkpads are ugly as sin? I'm pretty sure I had a clunky Thinkpad back in the 90s and it looked exactly the same as the new ones do now. It's like if Toyota were still making Camrys with the 1998 body style.

Personally, I could care less about how it looks. If it really concerns someone, just get the Edge model. It's not going to survive a bullet wound, but it'll live through repeated punches in the face.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby zeth006 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:16 pm

Paraflam wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Thinkpads are ugly as sin? I'm pretty sure I had a clunky Thinkpad back in the 90s and it looked exactly the same as the new ones do now. It's like if Toyota were still making Camrys with the 1998 body style.


I'd say at worst some just look jejune.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:47 pm

Paraflam wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Thinkpads are ugly as sin? I'm pretty sure I had a clunky Thinkpad back in the 90s and it looked exactly the same as the new ones do now. It's like if Toyota were still making Camrys with the 1998 body style.


I don't want a laptop that screams, "STEAL ME FOR EZ $$$."

Besides, you don't get a Thinkpad because you want to rub your status symbols into people's faces. You get one because you want to get the job done.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby kk19131 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:24 pm

So, my Lenovo thinkpad broke and I sent it to the company to get fixed. At first they told me it should take 6 days, but when I called today they said the part wouldn't be in from Asia until September 19th... :shock: I can't realistically wait that long to get my computer back, so I guess I'll buy a new one... any suggetions?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Dany » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Paraflam wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that Thinkpads are ugly as sin? I'm pretty sure I had a clunky Thinkpad back in the 90s and it looked exactly the same as the new ones do now. It's like if Toyota were still making Camrys with the 1998 body style.

Nah, they're hideous.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby albanach » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:52 pm

kk19131 wrote:So, my Lenovo thinkpad broke and I sent it to the company to get fixed. At first they told me it should take 6 days, but when I called today they said the part wouldn't be in from Asia until September 19th... :shock: I can't realistically wait that long to get my computer back, so I guess I'll buy a new one... any suggetions?


A Dell latitude with an onsite warranty?

How old is your laptop? I'd be asking for a new machine if they can't fix it sooner, and threatening a credit card charge back if they don't oblige.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:55 pm

kk19131 wrote:So, my Lenovo thinkpad broke and I sent it to the company to get fixed. At first they told me it should take 6 days, but when I called today they said the part wouldn't be in from Asia until September 19th... :shock: I can't realistically wait that long to get my computer back, so I guess I'll buy a new one... any suggetions?


If you have Thinkplus warranty, it's onsite and unless you have an R-series or something "exotic" like that, it's 4 hours - 1 day usually. The warranty stipulates it.




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