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Mack.Hambleton
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Re: Laptop

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:45 am

Serett wrote: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.


is 1k cheap now

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Re: Laptop

Postby Serett » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:53 am

Mack.Hambleton wrote:
Serett wrote: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.


is 1k cheap now


Cheap is obviously relative. The point is he shouldn't be spending over that. There are a couple of suitable laptops around $500 on the site I linked to. Clearly to some extent, it depends on a person's own wants and means.

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Re: Laptop

Postby Serett » Wed May 06, 2015 2:03 pm

Something like this is what you should keep an eye out for.

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Re: Laptop

Postby ChemEng1642 » Thu May 07, 2015 10:15 am

Serett wrote:Something like this is what you should keep an eye out for.


Dang those are great specs! Although I personally don't like the ASUS brand

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Re: Laptop

Postby stoopkid13 » Thu May 07, 2015 1:04 pm

I'm still waiting for more info on the new Skylake processors and an official release date. Might be worth waiting for though--better power efficiency, onboard graphics, and wireless charging.

Also I agree with Mack, even if you're trying to future proof, 16GB is overkill. I think even with 4 you should be fine the next three years unless you want to game, video edit, or do some other graphically intensive process. But even then I feel like GPU would be a bigger issue than RAM, especially with laptops. No point in having 16gb RAM and no GPU.

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Re: Laptop

Postby twenty » Thu May 07, 2015 1:33 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.


For race horse exams, the key isn't to type quickly, the key is to type constantly. I'd rather be the guy that types 60wpm, has his outline memorized, and never stops typing, than be the guy who types 100wpm, but spends half of the exam puzzling over a commercial outline that he doesn't know very well.

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Re: Laptop

Postby ChemEng1642 » Thu May 07, 2015 9:56 pm

New laptop is coming in tomorrow!!

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Re: Laptop

Postby Charlestonsfb60 » Thu May 07, 2015 10:27 pm

I was in this same position a year ago. Was contemplating whether I needed to drop $800 on a new computer for law school. Basically, if you have a computer that doesn't turn off at random times over a 4 hour period you are fine. No need for a new laptop otherwise. If someone has a huge screen open and typing every word the professor says, stay far away.

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Re: Laptop

Postby albpert » Thu May 07, 2015 11:12 pm

Any thoughts on whether the Macbook Air 13" v. the new retina 12" Macbook is better for law students?

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Re: Laptop

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Thu May 07, 2015 11:16 pm

albpert wrote:Any thoughts on whether the Macbook Air 13" v. the new retina 12" Macbook is better for law students?


They're both macbooks lol they're fine. I'd either get Air on sale for when they go for 750 or if you're shelling out get the MBP retina which is the same price as the new MacBook

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Re: Laptop

Postby ChemEng1642 » Tue May 12, 2015 4:04 pm

albpert wrote:Any thoughts on whether the Macbook Air 13" v. the new retina 12" Macbook is better for law students?


I personally hated the keyboard on the new Macbook - it's not like the Air or Pro keyboard at all. Go check it out in a store first.




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