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travisz wrote:
OptimisticApplicant wrote:

Any thoughts on X230 vs. T430s? I'm leaning towards the X230. Right now, it's on sale for ~$750 - is that a good deal? Thanks! X230 is pretty good. Although I want one with a little bigger screen and my eyes get tired easily with small fonts. Some people were saying that tablet with writable screen and digitizer is quite useful, so I am thinking the Twist. I played with it at Staples and it is very cool. Sure, makes sense - Twist seems like a good option to consider as well. I may have to head over to Staples to test it out... Manager Joined: 31 Jul 2011 Posts: 62 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 3 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 23 Jan 2013, 14:05 I bought the T430s today. Will upgrade the harddrive and ram when I get it. Manager Joined: 18 Jun 2012 Posts: 81 Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management Schools: Babson '14 (M) GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V34 GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42 GPA: 3 WE: Marketing (Computer Software) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 40 [0], given: 11 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 06 Feb 2013, 05:11 Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for <$800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it!

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OptimisticApplicant wrote:
Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for < $800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it! Posted from my mobile device I pulled the trigger on x230t a couple of days ago. I am excited to get it as well. Current Student Joined: 09 Nov 2012 Posts: 12 Concentration: Real Estate, Finance GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44 GPA: 3.4 WE: Operations (Entertainment and Sports) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 24 Apr 2013, 10:37 Not a computer expert by any means here and looking for advice - do you guys think the Twist would be enough to have enough power to do everything that we'll need for school? Also, what's you guys' opinion on the Lenovo Helix (not many are out yet, but it's suppose to become available to everyone in a couple weeks)? Would it have enough power if the Twist doesn't? I've read some great reviews on the Helix so far but it's more expensive than the Twist... Current Student Status: Winter is Coming! Joined: 09 Nov 2012 Posts: 40 Location: United States GMAT 1: 730 Q V Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 20 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 24 Apr 2013, 10:58 I have a latitude 6400 for work at the moment. I love the latitude docking system, but the computer is a little bulky for a laptop. The design of the x1 is awesome, but i dont know if it offers a docking system. I also question the overall system performance. It would be nice for a laptop to last for 3 - 4 years. Intern Joined: 30 Aug 2011 Posts: 21 GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 25 Apr 2013, 20:35 OptimisticApplicant wrote: Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for <$800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it!

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may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon?

thank you!
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dropoutloser wrote:
OptimisticApplicant wrote:
Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for < $800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it! Posted from my mobile device may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon? thank you! I can get this machine for <$800 right now with my employer's 27% discount through Lenovo (the EPP, if you've heard of it):

i5-3230
Windows 7
12.5" IPS Display
4GB DDR3
320GB HD (non-SSD)
9-cell battery

Hope that helps.
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kingfalcon wrote:
dropoutloser wrote:
OptimisticApplicant wrote:
Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for < $800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it! Posted from my mobile device may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon? thank you! I can get this machine for <$800 right now with my employer's 27% discount through Lenovo (the EPP, if you've heard of it):

i5-3230
Windows 7
12.5" IPS Display
4GB DDR3
320GB HD (non-SSD)
9-cell battery

Hope that helps.

The real question is... is the 180gb ssd worth the upgrade... hmmm... But yeah, I'm thinking similar build and upgrading the ram myself (just adding a second 4gb sick should be sufficiant, nice to know I can bump it up to 16 if needed)
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highwyre237 wrote:

The real question is... is the 180gb ssd worth the upgrade... hmmm... But yeah, I'm thinking similar build and upgrading the ram myself (just adding a second 4gb sick should be sufficiant, nice to know I can bump it up to 16 if needed)

My thoughts exactly. I actually was able to grab a 4GB stick of extra RAM with the same timing for $31 from Newegg. And personally, I'm thinking about staying with the non-SSD, but I may consider upgrading it to an SSD myself over the summer. Manager Joined: 18 Jun 2012 Posts: 81 Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management Schools: Babson '14 (M) GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V34 GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42 GPA: 3 WE: Marketing (Computer Software) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 40 [0], given: 11 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 26 Apr 2013, 12:25 dropoutloser wrote: OptimisticApplicant wrote: Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for <$800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it!

Posted from my mobile device

may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon?

thank you!

Below are the exact specs. My only regret is going with Windows 8...

Purchased it directly off of Lenovo.com with only the online coupon for $791 pre-tax. Much cheaper than my 'student rate' offered through Babson. Good luck! OA --- Processor Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz) Operating System Windows 8 64 Operating System Language Windows 8 64 English Display Type 12.5" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna System Graphics Intel HD 4000 Graphics in Intel Core i5-3210M Processor Total Memory 4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM) Keyboard Keyboard (Backlit) US English Fingerprint Reader UltraNav without FingerPrint Reader Camera 720p HD Camera Hard Drive 320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm Battery 6 Cell ThinkPad Battery X44+ Power Cord 65W AC Adapter - US (2pin) Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna Integrated WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband upgradable Language Pack Language Pack Win8 US English Intern Joined: 30 Aug 2011 Posts: 21 GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 27 Apr 2013, 19:54 kingfalcon wrote: dropoutloser wrote: OptimisticApplicant wrote: Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for <$800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it!

Posted from my mobile device

may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon?

thank you!

I can get this machine for <$800 right now with my employer's 27% discount through Lenovo (the EPP, if you've heard of it): Lenovo ThinkPad X230 i5-3230 Windows 7 12.5" IPS Display 4GB DDR3 320GB HD (non-SSD) 9-cell battery Hope that helps. Thanks! i'll probably upgrade the memory and leave everything else th way you chose. i heard about the EPP but didn't know it's 27%! gonna call a friend in IBM Intern Joined: 30 Aug 2011 Posts: 21 GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 27 Apr 2013, 19:56 OptimisticApplicant wrote: dropoutloser wrote: OptimisticApplicant wrote: Ordered my X230 on Sunday. Got it for <$800 on lenovo.com - excited to play around with it!

Posted from my mobile device

may i know the configuration? also, did you use IBM/Lenovo employee discount or just the student discount + online coupon?

thank you!

Below are the exact specs. My only regret is going with Windows 8...

Purchased it directly off of Lenovo.com with only the online coupon for $791 pre-tax. Much cheaper than my 'student rate' offered through Babson. Good luck! OA --- Processor Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz) Operating System Windows 8 64 Operating System Language Windows 8 64 English Display Type 12.5" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna System Graphics Intel HD 4000 Graphics in Intel Core i5-3210M Processor Total Memory 4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM) Keyboard Keyboard (Backlit) US English Fingerprint Reader UltraNav without FingerPrint Reader Camera 720p HD Camera Hard Drive 320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm Battery 6 Cell ThinkPad Battery X44+ Power Cord 65W AC Adapter - US (2pin) Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna Integrated WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband upgradable Language Pack Language Pack Win8 US English Thanks a lot! I'll upgrade the memory and get hte 9 cell battery. the 16hr battery life is really tempting Current Student Joined: 18 Jul 2011 Posts: 99 Location: Canada Concentration: Strategy, Technology Schools: Duke (Fuqua) - Class of 2015 GMAT 1: Q V WE: Marketing (Telecommunications) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 11 Re: Lenovo ThinkPad for BSchool [#permalink] 03 May 2013, 10:33 If anyone is still in the market for a ThinkPad for school - I've been eyeing a T430U ultrabook for a while. Its now on sale <$800.

Bring this one up because its the cheapest of the ThinkPad options with a solid state drive.

Not sure about the sale end date - but I've been waiting a while and plan to lock it in today.
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If anyone is still in the market for a ThinkPad for school - I've been eyeing a T430U ultrabook for a while. Its now on sale <\$800.

Bring this one up because its the cheapest of the ThinkPad options with a solid state drive.

Not sure about the sale end date - but I've been waiting a while and plan to lock it in today.

my friend has a t430u. he told me that its size makes it not very travel friendly. if you plan to travel a lot, i'd suggest something smaller.
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Hi All,

I am by no means a computer expert, but for those of you who haven't purchased a laptop for school it might be worth holding out until Intel releases the new 'Haswell" chip architecture. According to Engadget, these chips will significantly improve battery life while slightly enhancing performance and 3d graphics. I am not a gamer, but from what I have read the basic intel graphics package isnt really anything to write home about. It looks like the Haswells should be released by late June / early July.

Here is a link to the article:

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anyone got his/her X230 yet? i got mine last week. the touchpad is just awful...

for anyone thinking about upgrading to SSD, it's much faster, but the necessary pre-installed programs (i deleted the others) take up 50GB, which is 1/3 of the space.
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has anyone hear anything in relation to haswell chipset and its rollout to the thinkpad x series?? I'm still undecided between the x230 and the carbon x1... although still leaning towards the x230. Anyway, I really want around a month or so to get acquainted with my new laptop (been on a T series, and the 12.5" monitor will take some time to adjust to).
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dropoutloser wrote:
anyone got his/her X230 yet? i got mine last week. the touchpad is just awful...

for anyone thinking about upgrading to SSD, it's much faster, but the necessary pre-installed programs (i deleted the others) take up 50GB, which is 1/3 of the space.

Yeah, I've been using mine for a few months now. Sure, the touch pad is not as good as one on a MacBook Pro (I'm coming from one), but I think it's perfectly serviceable. I'm getting used to the red nub and find that just fine for most situations.

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