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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 09:49
My laptop that died had a 12" screen, and that really didn't bother me at all. I think the issue is more with the keyboard and rotten posture that laptops tend to encourage.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 18:08
well, I plan to keep my desktop (upgrading it soon), so I'll do most of my work at home on the desktop, and keep my files on both computers, transferring with my flash drive. I like my 19" LCD screen at home. :)
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 23:37
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well, I plan to keep my desktop (upgrading it soon), so I'll do most of my work at home on the desktop, and keep my files on both computers, transferring with my flash drive. I like my 19" LCD screen at home. :)


You need to upgrade :wink: I work on dual 19s at the office, and at home I have 20 and 24.
I plan to get rid of this desktop when I go to school, but a docking station is a requirement.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2008, 07:16
oh yeah, if I only had a laptop, docking station (with bigger monitor) is a MUST. But I just recently got rid of my 17" Sony Trinitron for the LCD. the 22" was nice, but a bit expensive. I was looking for something cheap and nice, so got the Samsung 19" widescreen.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2008, 15:26
I`m planning on downgrading my desktop... Too power hungry, will buy a CPU which draws a lower wattage. Will save on electricity bills.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2008, 07:12
Just optioned out a ThinkPad yesterday (I love them because they have the middle mouse scroll button...people who have them know what I'm talking about), and I think that I'm going to replace the hard drive that comes with the computer with a third-party solid state drive. They claim "up to" an 80% savings in power, plus it's way more resistant to hard knocks.

Anyone know anything about these? The options are either to buy a ready-to-use drive, or an IED adaptor + 2 compact flash cards. In any case, I'm hoping they come down in price by the time I have to give my work computer back... :-D
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 03:12
Oh my god...

I cant stop drooling over that thing... http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 04:23
I'm not an Apple fan but that looks nice! I will say that I probably wouldn't get it for business school because it doesn't look very rugged and no matter how careful you are, your notebook is going to get banged around. You'll be carrying it everywhere, taking it out, plugging it in, putting it in your bag, time after time each day. I've got a Lenovo and I'm really starting to appreciate how durable it is. Most of my classmates use a school selected business class Dell, which seems to be pretty durable as well, but I have a friend who uses a 'home' Dell model and the hinge has already broken. There's no way that thing will last two years.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 06:19
well, Apple says its sturdy, being all aluminum etc. but I guess let's wait for a the first batch of machines in the market and what the early adopters say.

I also dislike that the battery isnt replaceable. now that sucks.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 06:58
It isn't replaceable at all or is it just not user replaceable? Apple seems to be doing this in a lot of their recent products to create another revenue stream.

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I also dislike that the battery isnt replaceable. now that sucks.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 07:14
they sort of have to create proprietary systems and components to make money....their market share is so small, that they can't really rely on volume (except in i-pods!) to make money. I don't remember the exact numbers, but if you take the development costs for a new OS for both MS and Apple and then find the break-even point in terms of time, it's very, very ugly for Apple.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 07:15
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It isn't replaceable at all or is it just not user replaceable? Apple seems to be doing this in a lot of their recent products to create another revenue stream.

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I also dislike that the battery isnt replaceable. now that sucks.


I guess Apple will replace it for you...for some serious dough. And, who wants to give their laptop away for a few days...

Funny fact:

The abbreviation for the Macbook Air is:

M B A

Is that a sign?
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 08:17
Good point to consider - but I'm not so sure if market share on its own has a lot to do with revenues. Agreed, Apple probably has less than 10% of the overall market, but it's also not selling any 300$ PC's like HP and Dell etc. Neither is it developing an OS that needs to work with every other piece of software or hardware out there a la Windows.

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they sort of have to create proprietary systems and components to make money....their market share is so small, that they can't really rely on volume (except in i-pods!) to make money. I don't remember the exact numbers, but if you take the development costs for a new OS for both MS and Apple and then find the break-even point in terms of time, it's very, very ugly for Apple.


Any way, sorry for the digression folks.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 16:21
A late entrant on this one. I just purchased a Sony Vaio SZ56 for b-school. Check out the review at : http://www.notebookreview.com/default.a ... %2D+13%2E3
I got a port replicator so that I can use it pretty much as a desktop when I move to whichever b-school I am destined to go to.

A bold move for someone who hasn't even been admitted yet, but I like my gadgets :)
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 13:05
branson wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
It isn't replaceable at all or is it just not user replaceable? Apple seems to be doing this in a lot of their recent products to create another revenue stream.

branson wrote:
I also dislike that the battery isnt replaceable. now that sucks.


I guess Apple will replace it for you...for some serious dough. And, who wants to give their laptop away for a few days...

Funny fact:

The abbreviation for the Macbook Air is:

M B A

Is that a sign?


branson wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
It isn't replaceable at all or is it just not user replaceable? Apple seems to be doing this in a lot of their recent products to create another revenue stream.

branson wrote:
I also dislike that the battery isnt replaceable. now that sucks.


I guess Apple will replace it for you...for some serious dough. And, who wants to give their laptop away for a few days...

Funny fact:

The abbreviation for the Macbook Air is:

M B A

Is that a sign?


Yes,
Unfortunately it the real abbreviation is McBA... (the "lite" fast food version). :)

A word about Apple's service... I have a 15" Macbook which hiccup'd and died on me... well actually it went hiccup and I euthanized it through my own, well intentioned, actions. The bad news was it was slightly out of warranty and, like a dope, I had failed to register the Apple Care (service plan / extended warranty), d'oh. (I should also note that I bought the item through work, not directly from Apple.) I went to the Apple store and spoke with the manager who told me, "no problem, if you have POP just call Apple Care and they will register it for you." "This is going to be fight," I thought but no, a short phone call took care of the matter. Whereupon I returned to the "genius" at Apple and they replaced the offending parts and reloaded the OS on the spot with no charges. The folks I dealt with were courteous, helpful and never mentioned that I failed to live up to my part of the deal. (registering) If your organization does not provide in-house tech support it is worth giving thought to what kind of support you will be dependent on.

The battery on the McBA is a bit of bummer, (especially when other products in the subnote world have both better bat life and interchangeable batteries). I doubt their intention was to build a revenue stream through. I suspect that a more likely answer is that "aesthetics" and "transparent user experience" simply had more pull than battery run time in the design brief. Anyway, we will see how it does in the real world shortly.

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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2008, 20:47
I'm always a big fan of ThinkPads.. and yes, I love the keyboard and the red trackpointer in the middle.. I've been using the T-30 (heavy, but I can banged it so many times and it still worked), X-40.. and currently using X-60..

The only thing I would consider besides a ThinkPad is a Mac.. I'm not going to get any of the Dells, Toshibas, HPs, or Acers of the world.. It's either durability & comfort (Thinkpad) or cool design (Mac).. :P the rest has nothing to bargain..
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2008, 22:55
yeah, I'm so used to the thinkpad keyboard (my company uses them) that I cannot get used to any other keyboards... and trackpoint is awesome!
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2008, 04:48
Yeah my company uses thinkpads as Except the UK office which uses Dell for some reason.

I prefer my Toshiba Dynabook though. Much more compact and light, plus i can open it on the plane when sitting in engineer class (economy) the thinkpad (t43) won`t because it`s too big.
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2008, 09:33
I'm planning on the X61 when I get a laptop... nice and small
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Re: Laptop (and bag) for Bschool... [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2008, 20:24
Kryzak, I like X61.. are you getting the tablet or not?
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