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Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:17 pm

I'll be entering 1L in August of next year. Although I don't plan to buy a laptop until a week before I begin class, I'm currently browsing the market to get an idea for what's out there. Battery life is one of my concerns. Should it be? I expect that more people bring laptops to law school classes than UG. Do law schools design classrooms for this? Are there generally more outlets where one can plug-in his/her laptop? I ask because it will determine whether or not I go for a high-powered CPU. I know I'd be using this thing mostly for word processing, but I SIMPLY CAN'T STAND A SLOW CPU. I want four freaking cores.

I realize most of you have only attended one school can and can't speak for law schools in general.
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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:28 pm

3|ink wrote:I'll be entering 1L in August of next year. Although I don't plan to buy a laptop until a week before I begin class, I'm currently browsing the market to get an idea for what's out there. Battery life is one of my concerns. Should it be? I expect that more people bring laptops to law school classes than UG. Do law schools design classrooms for this? Are there generally more outlets where one can plug-in his/her laptop? I ask because it will determine whether or not I go for a high-powered CPU. I know I'd be using this thing mostly for word processing, but I SIMPLY CAN'T STAND A SLOW CPU. I want four freaking cores.

I realize most of you have only attended one school can can't speak for law schools in general.


From what I saw, Lewis & Clark has outlets at every seat in classrooms, at every table in the library, and in the floor or walls near chairs and couches in other common areas.

Seems to me that that'd be the norm, except for maybe at schools with really old buildings where retrofitting hundreds of outlets is a challenge that hasn't been undertaken yet.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby dextermorgan » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:32 pm

3|ink wrote:I'll be entering 1L in August of next year. Although I don't plan to buy a laptop until a week before I begin class, I'm currently browsing the market to get an idea for what's out there. Battery life is one of my concerns. Should it be? I expect that more people bring laptops to law school classes than UG. Do law schools design classrooms for this? Are there generally more outlets where one can plug-in his/her laptop? I ask because it will determine whether or not I go for a high-powered CPU. I know I'd be using this thing mostly for word processing, but I SIMPLY CAN'T STAND A SLOW CPU. I want four freaking cores.

I realize most of you have only attended one school can can't speak for law schools in general.

Do you know what school you are going to?

Most have plugs at all seats, but some are notoriously stingy with the outlets.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:33 pm

dextermorgan wrote:Do you know what school you are going to?

Most have plugs at all seats, but some are notoriously stingy with the outlets.


George Mason.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby dextermorgan » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:34 pm

3|ink wrote:
dextermorgan wrote:Do you know what school you are going to?

Most have plugs at all seats, but some are notoriously stingy with the outlets.


George Mason.

I've never visited to look, but I'm sure a current student can tell you what's up.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:39 pm

dextermorgan wrote:
3|ink wrote:
dextermorgan wrote:Do you know what school you are going to?

Most have plugs at all seats, but some are notoriously stingy with the outlets.


George Mason.

I've never visited to look, but I'm sure a current student can tell you what's up.


Thanks. I've yet to find a single attending George Mason student on this forum. Nobody from GM has posted in the 'discuss your law school' section. I'll keep looking for one.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby labeauche » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:46 pm

I toured last year and all of the classrooms had places to plug in at each of the seats, not sure about the library or common areas though.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:51 pm

labeauche wrote:I toured last year and all of the classrooms had places to plug in at each of the seats, not sure about the library or common areas though.


Thank you. The library is the only part of the school I have seen. I did some work-related research there last year. It's a brand new facility. I saw outlets everywhere.

I'm going with 4 cores!!

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby SupraVln180 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:36 pm

3|ink wrote:
labeauche wrote:I toured last year and all of the classrooms had places to plug in at each of the seats, not sure about the library or common areas though.


Thank you. The library is the only part of the school I have seen. I did some work-related research there last year. It's a brand new facility. I saw outlets everywhere.

I'm going with 4 cores!!



Definitely go with 4 cores. Don't fuck around with your processing power.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby mcubberly » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:45 pm

My hard drive died so I just bought a new Lenovo Y560. i7 quad-core 1.73ghz, 500gb hd, 6g ram, 1gb graphics card. $867! They're having great deals right now.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby SupraVln180 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:15 pm

mcubberly wrote:My hard drive died so I just bought a new Lenovo Y560. i7 quad-core 1.73ghz, 500gb hd, 6g ram, 1gb graphics card. $867! They're having great deals right now.


Is that real? Where did you get that deal? I would game like a motherfucker on that shit.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby mbusch22 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:18 pm

13 inch macbook pro. done and done.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby hoopsguy6 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:29 pm

mbusch22 wrote:13 inch macbook pro. done and done.



.... except the OP says he wants a fast cpu.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby mcubberly » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:13 pm

SupraVln180 wrote:
mcubberly wrote:My hard drive died so I just bought a new Lenovo Y560. i7 quad-core 1.73ghz, 500gb hd, 6g ram, 1gb graphics card. $867! They're having great deals right now.


Is that real? Where did you get that deal? I would game like a motherfucker on that shit.


Yup, I'm really excited. Can finally game with my boyfriend after using a wimpy Acer for a few years. It's great.


Up 50 from last week but still:
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Taxes added a bit, but the free shipping is great and generally this for under 1000 is awesome. I work in tech services (fixing laptops) and swore not to buy a Dell, Toshiba, Sony, or HP (yes, some do work, and I know they're most popular, but man some weird stuff goes wrong), so when I found this it was perfect. All the other tech services people had me send it to them! <3 dealnews.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:34 pm

hoopsguy6 wrote:
mbusch22 wrote:13 inch macbook pro. done and done.



.... except the OP says he wants a fast cpu.


I literally LOLed.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby 3|ink » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:50 pm

mcubberly wrote:
SupraVln180 wrote:
mcubberly wrote:My hard drive died so I just bought a new Lenovo Y560. i7 quad-core 1.73ghz, 500gb hd, 6g ram, 1gb graphics card. $867! They're having great deals right now.


Is that real? Where did you get that deal? I would game like a motherfucker on that shit.


Yup, I'm really excited. Can finally game with my boyfriend after using a wimpy Acer for a few years. It's great.


Up 50 from last week but still:
--LinkRemoved--

Taxes added a bit, but the free shipping is great and generally this for under 1000 is awesome. I work in tech services (fixing laptops) and swore not to buy a Dell, Toshiba, Sony, or HP (yes, some do work, and I know they're most popular, but man some weird stuff goes wrong), so when I found this it was perfect. All the other tech services people had me send it to them! <3 dealnews.



Something can't be right. This computer is too good to be this cheap. 8 gigs of ram? DDR3? Less than $1k? Good lord.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby mcubberly » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:26 am

3|ink wrote:
mcubberly wrote:
SupraVln180 wrote:
mcubberly wrote:My hard drive died so I just bought a new Lenovo Y560. i7 quad-core 1.73ghz, 500gb hd, 6g ram, 1gb graphics card. $867! They're having great deals right now.


Is that real? Where did you get that deal? I would game like a motherfucker on that shit.


Yup, I'm really excited. Can finally game with my boyfriend after using a wimpy Acer for a few years. It's great.


Up 50 from last week but still:
--LinkRemoved--

Taxes added a bit, but the free shipping is great and generally this for under 1000 is awesome. I work in tech services (fixing laptops) and swore not to buy a Dell, Toshiba, Sony, or HP (yes, some do work, and I know they're most popular, but man some weird stuff goes wrong), so when I found this it was perfect. All the other tech services people had me send it to them! <3 dealnews.



Something can't be right. This computer is too good to be this cheap. 8 gigs of ram? DDR3? Less than $1k? Good lord.



Yeah, I was worried too (so cheap!), but I'm using it now and it's gorgeous. It's awesome. Lenovo is a pretty solid brand.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby NZA » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:29 am

I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.

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Postby 3|ink » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:15 am

NZA wrote:I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.


I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby NZA » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:21 am

3|ink wrote:
NZA wrote:I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.


I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.


Dunno about others, but yeah, mine is a duo core. Maybe they'll come out with a new model with one? To be honest, performance on this laptop isn't bad...I was able to play Fallout: New Vegas on it (on the lowest graphics setting) pretty easily.

Don't know if that's even a good example to use, but, there it is. :P

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:27 am

Do a search.

Thinkpads are the way to go.

Mission critical application pretty much trumps everything else when considering a banged up laptop during finals week can fuck you without lube.

I won't go too much more into this as I've posted long responses over this in other threads.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:31 am

NZA wrote:
3|ink wrote:
NZA wrote:I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.


I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.


Dunno about others, but yeah, mine is a duo core. Maybe they'll come out with a new model with one? To be honest, performance on this laptop isn't bad...I was able to play Fallout: New Vegas on it (on the lowest graphics setting) pretty easily.

Don't know if that's even a good example to use, but, there it is. :P


Cores or processing power do not matter in a law school setting. A modern(current year) Celeron with 2GB of DDR3(important) Ram will be enough to meet your needs. From what I've seen, totally anecdotally: i3's are the most stable.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:32 am

3|ink wrote:
NZA wrote:I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.


I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.


If you're looking at VAIO's.. you're doing it wrong. No offense to those who own them, but it's a premium for design and incompatibility.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby NZA » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:35 am

ResolutePear wrote:
NZA wrote:
3|ink wrote:
NZA wrote:I'm not a computer expert, BUT, I guess I'd let you know that I really like my Sony Vaio. I just bought it a year ago, 'tis glorious.

If you want specific computer-y things, I can post them.


I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.


Dunno about others, but yeah, mine is a duo core. Maybe they'll come out with a new model with one? To be honest, performance on this laptop isn't bad...I was able to play Fallout: New Vegas on it (on the lowest graphics setting) pretty easily.

Don't know if that's even a good example to use, but, there it is. :P


Cores or processing power do not matter in a law school setting. A modern(current year) Celeron with 2GB of DDR3(important) Ram will be enough to meet your needs. From what I've seen, totally anecdotally: i3's are the most stable.


Yeah, I have no idea...you're probably right? But, won't pretty much any laptop these days do just fine? :?

Anyway, OP, I guess listen to the Pear. :) He knows what he's talking about, it sounds like.

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Re: Laptop Question from a 0L

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:38 am

NZA wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
NZA wrote:
3|ink wrote:
I was looking into sony vaios, but I can't find a quad core option. It looks like they only come with dual core at best.


Dunno about others, but yeah, mine is a duo core. Maybe they'll come out with a new model with one? To be honest, performance on this laptop isn't bad...I was able to play Fallout: New Vegas on it (on the lowest graphics setting) pretty easily.

Don't know if that's even a good example to use, but, there it is. :P


Cores or processing power do not matter in a law school setting. A modern(current year) Celeron with 2GB of DDR3(important) Ram will be enough to meet your needs. From what I've seen, totally anecdotally: i3's are the most stable.


Yeah, I have no idea...you're probably right? But, won't pretty much any laptop these days do just fine? :?

Anyway, OP, I guess listen to the Pear. :) He knows what he's talking about, it sounds like.


Pentium Celeron processors are the "bottom of the barrel" economy processors... soooo - yep, pretty much anything *modern* will do.




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