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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby crysmissmichelle » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:40 pm

I'm looking at Lenovo.com. . .they have a sale and a 10% off sale price coupon.

I know it is because of the options, none of the retail sites sell with the higher RAM and hard drive.

With the Professional version of Windows, wouldn't it be better to have a better processor (i5) and more memory?

The price Lenovo charges for Office is horrible ($145) so I actually took that off and the price got a bit better.

I just don't want to get the i3 that retail and bargain sites seem to have :(

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:09 pm

ColomboHeat wrote:that price seems extremely high. just by searching for "Thinkpad E420" in google I see various deals and posted prices for hundreds less.

i.e. first result = http://www.mydealspy.com/deals.php?deal=257581 you could argue that yours is a little more optioned-out, but it seems like you are getting robbed for the options you chose.

where are you looking at buying from?


On-site warranty.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Younger Abstention » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:42 pm

Thinkpads are terribly heavy. This is what you should go with instead. The keyboard is also far better so you can type fast on exams. It only weighs 3.2 lbs.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383651,00.asp

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby 071816 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:46 pm

Younger Abstention wrote:Thinkpads are terribly heavy. This is what you should go with instead. The keyboard is also far better so you can type fast on exams. It only weighs 3.2 lbs.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383651,00.asp


The difference in weight is negligible. I'd go with the better laptop

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:47 pm

Younger Abstention wrote:Thinkpads are terribly heavy. This is what you should go with instead. The keyboard is also far better so you can type fast on exams. It only weighs 3.2 lbs.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383651,00.asp

Nah.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby glitched » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:45 pm

tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:48 pm

glitched wrote:tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?


No, and..
not yet.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby TUP » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:49 pm

glitched wrote:tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?


SSD is definitely worth it. I'm probably going MacBook Air if the refresh is out in time.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:52 pm

TUP wrote:
glitched wrote:tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?


SSD is definitely worth it. I'm probably going MacBook Air if the refresh is out in time.


He's asking about an SSD as an option.. not as the only option.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby kazu » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:02 pm

glitched wrote:tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?

Go to page 26 or so, there's a huge screaming fight over whether SSD is worth the $$ or not.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby 23402385985 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:36 pm

kazu wrote:
glitched wrote:tl, dr

im thinking about getting an ssd. worth it?

also, anyone thinking about getting a chromebook?

Go to page 26 or so, there's a huge screaming fight over whether SSD is worth the $$ or not.


It's worth it. :wink:

Just ordered my 13" Macbook Pro. Disappointed with the Back to School sale this year, since I really would have liked a new iPod, but whatever.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:48 pm

thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby kazu » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:49 pm

fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

Post specs/links? I'm too lazy to google.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:56 pm

fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:58 pm

kazu wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

Post specs/links? I'm too lazy to google.


the T420 is like:

i3 2.1ghz processor
2GB ram
320GB HD
14" screen (1366x768)
weighs ~4.5 lbs
cost: $700ish (or $1k with an i5)

X220:
same thing with i5 processor and 12.5" screen (same resolution), weighs like 2.5 lbs, $800, longer battery life

or for $1k i can get the T420s, same specs, but a 14" screen @ 1600x900, and it's lighter, but i've heard the battery life blows

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:59 pm

beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

would your opinion change if i said i currently use a 13" macbook and find the screen size adequate?

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby kazu » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:01 pm

fatduck wrote:
kazu wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

Post specs/links? I'm too lazy to google.


the T420 is like:

i3 2.1ghz processor
2GB ram
320GB HD
14" screen (1366x768)
weighs ~4.5 lbs
cost: $700ish (or $1k with an i5)

X220:
same thing with i5 processor and 12.5" screen (same resolution), weighs like 2.5 lbs, $800, longer battery life

or for $1k i can get the T420s, same specs, but a 14" screen @ 1600x900, and it's lighter, but i've heard the battery life blows

Are you going to upgrade anything? If I were you I'd get the X220 for the weight and battery, especially since you're fine with your current 13" macbook.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Naked Dude » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:01 pm

fatduck wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

would your opinion change if i said i currently use a 13" macbook and find the screen size adequate?


I agree. I have a 15" and, while I won't say I regret it, I wish I had more seriously considered the 13

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby beach_terror » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:02 pm

fatduck wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

would your opinion change if i said i currently use a 13" macbook and find the screen size adequate?

If 13'' works for you, then 12.5 should be fine too yeah. It's more of the type issue because there's less room to rest your palm on the smaller models. But I also have huge ass hands.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:04 pm

Naked Dude wrote:
fatduck wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

would your opinion change if i said i currently use a 13" macbook and find the screen size adequate?


I agree. I have a 15" and, while I won't say I regret it, I wish I had more seriously considered the 13

yea i think 13" is nice. i'm sure i'd be cool with 12.5", it's just that 14" @ 1600x900 is really tempting. do any big box retailers stock lenovos? i've never seen them at best buy, but it'd be nice to play around with one before i order.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:05 pm

beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

T420. 12.5 is too small for me.

would your opinion change if i said i currently use a 13" macbook and find the screen size adequate?

If 13'' works for you, then 12.5 should be fine too yeah. It's more of the type issue because there's less room to rest your palm on the smaller models. But I also have huge ass hands.

i had read about the small palmrests, but i actually don't rest my palms on my keyboard (my typing technique is uniquely terrible)

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby bk1 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:06 pm

fatduck wrote:
kazu wrote:
fatduck wrote:thinkpad X220 or T420

someone make my decision for me

Post specs/links? I'm too lazy to google.


the T420 is like:

i3 2.1ghz processor
2GB ram
320GB HD
14" screen (1366x768)
weighs ~4.5 lbs
cost: $700ish (or $1k with an i5)

X220:
same thing with i5 processor and 12.5" screen (same resolution), weighs like 2.5 lbs, $800, longer battery life

or for $1k i can get the T420s, same specs, but a 14" screen @ 1600x900, and it's lighter, but i've heard the battery life blows


Prefacing this by saying I don't give a shit about battery life (considering there are a plethora of outlets at most law schools), I love the resolution of the behemoth I carry around now (15.4" Dell, 1920x1200, makes it feasible to have two documents up side by side), and 2 pounds seems generally inconsequential to me (granted I probably weigh double what you weigh :P).

I'd probably go with the T420 for the larger screen (though the resolution is meh). If you care about size/weight get the X220 but I would personally prefer the larger size over less weight/longer battery/better processor.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby bk1 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:06 pm

fatduck wrote:i had read about the small palmrests, but i actually don't rest my palms on my keyboard (my typing technique is uniquely terrible)


I like how the keyboard slowly slides across the desk while you type.

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:08 pm

bk1 wrote:
fatduck wrote:i had read about the small palmrests, but i actually don't rest my palms on my keyboard (my typing technique is uniquely terrible)


I like how the keyboard slowly slides across the desk while you type.

with a non-slip pad i could probably finally break the 180 barrier

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Re: Computers for Law School 2011

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:19 pm

fatduck wrote:
bk1 wrote:
fatduck wrote:i had read about the small palmrests, but i actually don't rest my palms on my keyboard (my typing technique is uniquely terrible)


I like how the keyboard slowly slides across the desk while you type.

with a non-slip pad i could probably finally break the 180 barrier


Holy shit.




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