Crowing wrote:One of my best friends has been working with hardware since he was very young, majored in CS, and works in IT at Garmin. He thinks Lenovos suck cock, but that's just one opinion, much like yours or mine are.
I have worked with hardware since I was very young (which btw, doesn't mean shit in this conversation). I majored in CS (which for the most part doesn't mean shit in this conversation). I've worked in IT for 10 years now. I don't need my friends to tell me what I already know, that in an organization with 1000+ employees where 95% of them use Lenovo laptops, we have relatively few hardware issues on the whole. We get new laptops every few years, so over my past 3 years at this company, we've seen a couple thousand Lenovo laptops come through here. There's a reason we still use them, and why we switched from Dell 4 years ago.
I've been fairly active in the online laptop gaming community for many years. You're going to get a wide spectrum of opinions regarding brands. Lenovos have a pretty decent reputation overall, but you're not going to find people pushing them as the best bang for the specs. There are plenty of solid manufacturers out there that are not as well known. Their primary weakness is poor customer support, but that's easily circumvented by going through a builder like Xotic and getting technical support through that service.
The online laptop gaming community is a great resource for buying a great gaming laptop. They are a terrible resource for getting a laptop to use for law school. The needs are completely different. The gaming community would never stop to consider how good of a laptop the Lenovo business line is because the laptops are not designed for gaming. How many frames per second a laptop gets playing latest FPS or MMO is irrelevant to a law student interesting in getting an affordable reliable laptop to do work.
If I were buying a laptop for gaming, I would immediately dismiss every laptop without a dedicated video card, because that's a critical component of a gaming platform. That criteria doesn't mean shit for picking out a law school laptop, and so I would never have exposure to or evaluate the vast majority of laptops on the market, many of which would be great for a law student. This is why I think a person who's experience with computer hardware is limited to gaming platforms is a terrible source of information regarding law school laptops.
Lenovo's consumer line may be hit or miss, but their business line has been great.
But even outside the Lenovo brand. If anyone is trying to get a decent laptop for law school, and do it for as cheap as possible, there is no reason to spend more then $500-600 on something brand new.