clarsen wrote: thelaststraw05 wrote:
clarsen wrote:After scanning through most of this thread I think I am pretty sold on going with a PC, and right now I am most intrigued by ASUS. I'm still researching specific models, but definitely something around 13" ranging $500-$700.
Besides the obvious (Amazon, Newegg, etc.), does anyone have a favorite website (or local retailer) to purchase from that are reputable and offer good prices? I know that Apple offers student discounts, but that obviously won't help me, so what about other retailers?
This is what I got. It is fantastic.http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+P ... Id=1260752
Interesting! I've only owned Toshiba laptops and never had any issues. My first laptop (purchased in 2003) lasted me until just last year, and the only thing I ever did was updgrade the memory. My current Toshiba is also a great machine, but much too heavy and bulky to even consider for law school. Thanks for the link!
Get it. I've heard mostly good things about that machine. Thin/light and solidly built. Youtube videos do better justice in describing it.
The two complaints I've read are that it gets warm and the battery life isn't terrific.
The first complaint just shows the new cooling system is doing its job of dissipating heat. If you can't feel *any* heat coming out of the vents but the temperature reading software shows your CPUs are at near-melting temperatures, there's good reason for worry.
I think Toshiba was one of the first to introduce a cooling system that sucks air away from hot parts instead of blowing air toward them. I don't know which is better, but this seems to be the new trend in 2010/2011. HP's Coolsense relies on the same idea but goes a step further in setting the system so that it detects whether the notebook is on a desk or on a lap and adjusting the fans accordingly. I'm going to guess from this that the sucking system does the job better.
As for battery life, well, I'm plugged in most of the time. In the few rare times I wasn't plugged in, it was because I was in some rundown coffee shop with few plugs or I just forgot my charger. Easy solution to that I bought a second charger on fleabay for $20 which I use at home. The stock charger stays in my backpack.