Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

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Which one?

big laptop for my big personality
6
40%
small laptop for the integrity of my small spine
6
40%
something else
3
20%
 
Total votes: 15

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rinkrat19
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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue May 08, 2012 1:02 pm

catwomangirl wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
albanach wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
In any case, OP has already stated she won't be carrying her casebooks.


She said she won't be carrying them to school. I often don't carry mine to school either. I still spend a good part of the day lugging them around with me, especially when I have back to back classes on opposite sides of the school.
I had no idea that law school was such strenuous physical torture. Carrying books?? My god, that's one step away from working in a rock quarry!

:|


rinkrat be trollin'
I wasn't, but I got tired of telling you to man up, buttercup, and carry a real goddamn computer. I really don't care what you decide on, but if the 5-lb laptop is the biggest obstacle you face this year, consider yourself lucky.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby catwomangirl » Tue May 08, 2012 1:06 pm

It's okay rinkrat. Lots of people get fired up about laptop weight. That's a totally normal, sane response.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue May 08, 2012 1:13 pm

catwomangirl wrote:It's okay rinkrat. Lots of people get fired up about laptop weight. That's a totally normal, sane response.
Only one of us is concerned about laptop weight affecting her quality of life.


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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Thu May 10, 2012 8:03 pm

11" laptop is fine for everything. 13" is more than sufficient. People love to talk about how demanding and rigorous your legal research assignments will be and how you should take that into account and get a second monitor at home and a big laptop and all this stuff. It's bullshit. If your computer is big enough to type in Word and read a website then it's fine. There's nothing so special and demanding about law school work. The one thing I do think you'll regret is having a heavy laptop. You will be taking it everywhere and an extra 4-5 pounds DOES make a bag feel much heavier.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby catwomangirl » Thu May 10, 2012 8:20 pm

dixiecupdrinking wrote:11" laptop is fine for everything. 13" is more than sufficient. People love to talk about how demanding and rigorous your legal research assignments will be and how you should take that into account and get a second monitor at home and a big laptop and all this stuff. It's bullshit. If your computer is big enough to type in Word and read a website then it's fine. There's nothing so special and demanding about law school work. The one thing I do think you'll regret is having a heavy laptop. You will be taking it everywhere and an extra 4-5 pounds DOES make a bag feel much heavier.


Thanks for the info!

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby Relientkate » Thu May 10, 2012 11:35 pm

I would advise against getting a laptop that's any larger than 15 inches. I have a 17 inch laptop and it's a pain in the ass to carry around, and it takes up way too much space.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu May 10, 2012 11:39 pm

dixiecupdrinking wrote:11" laptop is fine for everything. 13" is more than sufficient. People love to talk about how demanding and rigorous your legal research assignments will be and how you should take that into account and get a second monitor at home and a big laptop and all this stuff. It's bullshit. If your computer is big enough to type in Word and read a website then it's fine. There's nothing so special and demanding about law school work. The one thing I do think you'll regret is having a heavy laptop. You will be taking it everywhere and an extra 4-5 pounds DOES make a bag feel much heavier.
11" is too small to be productive on. In Word, about 1/4 the height of the screen will be the Ribbon (all the menu/buttons junk at the top). 13" or 14" is fine, 15" is the biggest size that's convenient to carry.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri May 11, 2012 1:04 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
dixiecupdrinking wrote:11" laptop is fine for everything. 13" is more than sufficient. People love to talk about how demanding and rigorous your legal research assignments will be and how you should take that into account and get a second monitor at home and a big laptop and all this stuff. It's bullshit. If your computer is big enough to type in Word and read a website then it's fine. There's nothing so special and demanding about law school work. The one thing I do think you'll regret is having a heavy laptop. You will be taking it everywhere and an extra 4-5 pounds DOES make a bag feel much heavier.
11" is too small to be productive on. In Word, about 1/4 the height of the screen will be the Ribbon (all the menu/buttons junk at the top). 13" or 14" is fine, 15" is the biggest size that's convenient to carry.

Counterpoint: 11" is fine. I have used an 11" computer for the majority of law school.

Whether or not you personally find it big enough is obviously a separate issue but I am telling you there is objectively no reason you can't use an 11" computer for all law school purposes.

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Re: Big Laptop v Little 'un OR expensive other thing

Postby albanach » Fri May 11, 2012 1:26 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:11" is too small to be productive on. In Word, about 1/4 the height of the screen will be the Ribbon (all the menu/buttons junk at the top). 13" or 14" is fine, 15" is the biggest size that's convenient to carry.


You do realize the ribbon is hideable? Besides if the 11" laptop hasa resolution of 1366x768 the same proportion of the screen is needed for the ribbon as on a 14" 1366x768 laptop. Sure you can choose to make things bigger, but plenty of folk are comfortable with the toolbars being correspondingly smaller.




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