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Laptop

Postby hokie6260 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:03 am

I'm going to be starting law school next year and will be in the market for a new laptop. I am not a Mac fan so I am looking for something other than Mac. What are the components that I should be looking for in a quality laptop that will be useful in LS?

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Re: Laptop

Postby chuckbass » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:08 am

Law School isn't really a computer-intensive affair. You just need to make sure you get something more than a tablet or chromebook or whatever that can run your school's exam software.

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Re: Laptop

Postby 03152016 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:12 am

make sure to get a hi res screen so you get the best quality possible when you're watching hulu instead of studying

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Re: Laptop

Postby NoBladesNoBows » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:31 am

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Re: Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:39 am

NoBladesNoBows wrote:
Brut wrote:make sure to get a hi res screen so you get the best quality possible when you're watching hulu instead of studying


Would this work? http://us.msi.com/product/nb/GT80-Titan-SLI-GTX-980M-SLI.html#hero-overview

Yes, a $3800 high-end gaming machine can also run Word and Firefox and isn't overkill at all.

You can get a laptop that is entirely sufficient for law school for about $500 at Best Buy. You probably want to pay a bit more than that to get something with a nice screen and decent reliability. Past that, it's just how much you want to pay and what bells and whistles you want.

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Re: Laptop

Postby NoBladesNoBows » Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:00 pm

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Re: Laptop

Postby dabigchina » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:53 am

NoBladesNoBows wrote:
Brut wrote:make sure to get a hi res screen so you get the best quality possible when you're watching hulu instead of studying


Would this work? http://us.msi.com/product/nb/GT80-Titan-SLI-GTX-980M-SLI.html#hero-overview


That particular model is actually a bad idea because the mechanical keyboard is really loud and your classmates will want to kill you during class/exams.

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Re: Laptop

Postby dwyf » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:59 am

Think about something thin/lightweight. You're going to have three full casebooks in your bag because you are an idiot 1L who actually reads and you haven't cut your books yet.

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Re: Laptop

Postby lacrossebrother » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:05 am

Here's what you should get if you aren't on a budget:
16gb ram
Ssd
15" screen
Thin

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Re: Laptop

Postby Auxilio » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:16 pm

I would really look at the just announced Surface 3 (not pro, although that is a good option as well for a bit more) as a daily driver, easily strong enough but more mobile etc. Maybe grab a separate keyboard/mouse and a big monitor if you want to set up a home workstation.

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Re: Laptop

Postby sequins » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:20 pm

I see surface pros a lot, but I do want to stress one thing. Make sure you get the most reliable laptop you can. It doesn't need to be the fastest or best, but something like a thinkpad or macbook. (actually gaming laptops with high-powered components are actually bad, because they have a higher failure rate, lower battery life, more heat etc.)
It seems like a ridiculous thing to think about, but the difference between a $160,000 job and poverty is going to be getting through two weeks of finals hitch free. You want to make sure you have a laptop that you can absolutely rely on to not crap out, preferably with enough battery life to get you through a four hour exam comfortably in case of power issues, and a comfortable keyboard. Bear in mind, with softest, if your laptop craps out a week before finals - you won't be able to just get a new one and reinstall everything - you'll be past the deadline.

So don't go for recommendations for like the HPcrapbook, cuz you can spend only 500 bucks and get a 10X faster computer than that thinkpad. It's that cheap cuz they stuff cheap b-shelf parts into a chassis that'll overheat and burn out in a month, and pair it with a crappy keyboard that'll make your hands cramp 1 hour into a 3 hour final.

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Re: Laptop

Postby chuckbass » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:24 pm

sequins wrote:I see surface pros a lot, but I do want to stress one thing. Make sure you get the most reliable laptop you can. It doesn't need to be the fastest or best, but something like a thinkpad or macbook. (actually gaming laptops with high-powered components are actually bad, because they have a higher failure rate, lower battery life, more heat etc.)
It seems like a ridiculous thing to think about, but the difference between a $160,000 job and poverty is going to be getting through two weeks of finals hitch free. You want to make sure you have a laptop that you can absolutely rely on to not crap out, preferably with enough battery life to get you through a four hour exam comfortably in case of power issues, and a comfortable keyboard. Bear in mind, with softest, if your laptop craps out a week before finals - you won't be able to just get a new one and reinstall everything - you'll be past the deadline.

So don't go for recommendations for like the HPcrapbook, cuz you can spend only 500 bucks and get a 10X faster computer than that thinkpad. It's that cheap cuz they stuff cheap b-shelf parts into a chassis that'll overheat and burn out in a month, and pair it with a crappy keyboard that'll make your hands cramp 1 hour into a 3 hour final.

Yeah I specifically got a new macbook before starting this year even though my other one was just a few years old and ran fine because I wanted to be as confident as possible that I wouldn't run into any problems with this shit.

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Re: Laptop

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:11 am

lacrossebrother wrote:Here's what you should get if you aren't on a budget:
16gb ram
Ssd
15" screen
Thin


unnecessary amount of ram

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Re: Laptop

Postby sequins » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:10 am

dabigchina wrote:
NoBladesNoBows wrote:
Brut wrote:make sure to get a hi res screen so you get the best quality possible when you're watching hulu instead of studying


Would this work? http://us.msi.com/product/nb/GT80-Titan-SLI-GTX-980M-SLI.html#hero-overview


That particular model is actually a bad really good idea because the mechanical keyboard is really loud and your classmates will get distractedwant to kill youduring class/exams.


There fixed it for ya.

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Re: Laptop

Postby lacrossebrother » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:21 am

Mack.Hambleton wrote:
lacrossebrother wrote:Here's what you should get if you aren't on a budget:
16gb ram
Ssd
15" screen
Thin


unnecessary amount of ram

They said the same about 8gb 3 years ago brah. Can't imagine going back to 4 today.

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Re: Laptop

Postby iguazu » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:31 am

Is there any merit in having a dinky laptop for class and a nice, big screen set-up at home? Or is it important to have a good laptop for exam-taking?

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Re: Laptop

Postby lacrossebrother » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:35 am

iguazu wrote:Is there any merit in having a dinky laptop for class and a nice, big screen set-up at home? Or is it important to have a good laptop for exam-taking?

There's no need to have a good laptop for exam taking because the software locks everything down except the testing app (simple word processor). I think that might be not the case at like three schools but idk even in those cases I can't imagine there being an advantage to screen real estate. Not having a shitty keyboard could be nice though.

But I don't get it also. At home you can have a dock and a big dual monitor setup to put your good laptop in.

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Re: Laptop

Postby nealric » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:00 am

hokie6260 wrote:I'm going to be starting law school next year and will be in the market for a new laptop. I am not a Mac fan so I am looking for something other than Mac. What are the components that I should be looking for in a quality laptop that will be useful in LS?


If it is in good working order, has a full size keyboard, and was made after circa 2005, it has everything you need for law school. Everything else is just luxury features (thin, long battery life, etc.).

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Re: Laptop

Postby Barbaroix2 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:22 pm

On a somewhat related note, I sometimes read on here that exams can be a bit of a time test.

Do you need to be able to type very quickly to do well, or is an average typist OK? I'm also looking at getting a new laptop, and I am just wondering if I should prioritize models with full-sized keyboards to maximize my typing speed.

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Re: Laptop

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:27 pm

Barbaroix2 wrote:On a somewhat related note, I sometimes read on here that exams can be a bit of a time test.

Do you need to be able to type very quickly to do well, or is an average typist OK? I'm also looking at getting a new laptop, and I am just wondering if I should prioritize models with full-sized keyboards to maximize my typing speed.

Yes, get a computer that doesn't handicap your typing, especially if you're not a particularly fast typer. (How many wpm do you describe as "average"?)
Some people can type fine on a smaller keyboard, but that is a serious handicap to some. So it's not that small keyboard = bad, it's how it affects you.

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Re: Laptop

Postby Barbaroix2 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:57 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Barbaroix2 wrote:On a somewhat related note, I sometimes read on here that exams can be a bit of a time test.

Do you need to be able to type very quickly to do well, or is an average typist OK? I'm also looking at getting a new laptop, and I am just wondering if I should prioritize models with full-sized keyboards to maximize my typing speed.

Yes, get a computer that doesn't handicap your typing, especially if you're not a particularly fast typer. (How many wpm do you describe as "average"?)
Some people can type fine on a smaller keyboard, but that is a serious handicap to some. So it's not that small keyboard = bad, it's how it affects you.


I think I'm generally around 50-55 wpm.

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Re: Laptop

Postby lacrossebrother » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:54 pm

That's slow. My gwam is north of 100

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Re: Laptop

Postby orangecup » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:00 pm

Buy a cheap laptop for a class (400-500) and a nice desktop for home (1000) with nice peripherals like mechanical keyboard and dual monitor.

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Re: Laptop

Postby Auxilio » Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:54 pm

orangecup wrote:Buy a cheap laptop for a class (400-500) and a nice desktop for home (1000) with nice peripherals like mechanical keyboard and dual monitor.


I think the better way of spending 1500 is on a good laptop (~1100) and then a couple monitors/keyboard/mouse to use as a dock at home.

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Re: Laptop

Postby Serett » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:24 am

Small, fast, and cheap. Find an ultrabook for $1k or less. Shouldn't be difficult to find a good deal before school starts if you start keeping an eye out now.




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