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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 02:32
I'll be buying my first-ever non-mac computer for bschool.... thinkpads seem to be the laptop of choice and i get a decent discount through work..... is there enough of a difference between x61 and x61s to go for the higher priced model? it seems to be a bit faster... but i'm admittedly totally ignorant about windows computers and have always had other brands at work. any insight would be appreciated!
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 07:33
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Does the lenovo u110 have a touchpad? seemed to remember it did.

who cares?? all hail the nubby!


Yes, YES!

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 08:03
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Looks like Lenovo is the choice for majority..but i want a touchpad and X61 doesn't have the option.

what other laptops come close to thinkpad ? any suggestions welcome


I think the larger thinkpads might have a touchpad. My current T60 does so the T61 may as well. I think it's an issue of space on the lighter laptops. So if you aren't looking for a super-lightweight machine that might work......
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 10:01
Thought I'd pass this sweet deal along.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.as ... 70&topnav=
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 10:08
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I think the larger thinkpads might have a touchpad. My current T60 does so the T61 may as well. I think it's an issue of space on the lighter laptops. So if you aren't looking for a super-lightweight machine that might work......


Yeah T Series models have touchpad , X61 doesn't ..

Did any one look at U110 Series?

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 12:03
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Thought I'd pass this sweet deal along.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.as ... 70&topnav=


Nice find - Costco RULES

For those who want a tablet - you can configure one the same size/weight through costco (it is an HP) for about $1050 w/ comparable specs to the link above. So, roughly $150 extra for tablet.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 14 May 2008, 20:33
X61 only has the nub (I can't stand the touchpad anyways). the U110 is nice, but too shiny and "consumer-ish" for me...

x61s has a lower voltage (lower battery drain) CPU, but it's slightly slower and the new X61 CPUs are pretty low power drain too...
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 15 May 2008, 07:14
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X61 only has the nub (I can't stand the touchpad anyways). the U110 is nice, but too shiny and "consumer-ish" for me...

x61s has a lower voltage (lower battery drain) CPU, but it's slightly slower and the new X61 CPUs are pretty low power drain too...


The x61s costs quite a bit more - especially since it is slower. I guess the up side is marginally less weight and longer battery life.
I think with x61 vs x61s if you are using it and the battery still has charge you probably won't notice any difference 99%+ of the time.

Also for folks getting an x61(s?) - if you intend to max out your memory to 4 gigs , a couple of suggestions:
--get 64 bit windows
--Upgrade to a single, 2gb chip
--go to new egg and buy this (it is the chip I bought): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 2GSDS667D2
($40, free shipping, no tax in most states)
--The memory will arrive in 3 business days, and it takes literally 5 minutes to install, 3 of which is looking for your jeweler's screw driver. I know that the combo of "screwdriver" and "laptop" sounds scary, but this one actually isn't. Lenovo put a panel on the bottom of the laptop specifically to allow this. You will NOT be breaking any seals, etc. Check out the picture in the upgrade section [url="http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4084"]here[/url]. Seriously, my grandmother could do this.
--When you turn the machine back on, run the little "performance test" thing so windows will enable all the goodies you coudln't use with 2gb.
--This will save you something like $60 for 5 minutes work

You can do this with 32 bit windows as well, but swap the following into the above instructions:
--upgrade to a single, 1gb chip
--Everything else is the same but you only save like $40
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 07:52
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And after putting in my bag and walking around my apartment.. it IS too heavy. What was I thinking? I ran out to costco and 2 minutes after putting it on the counter they were handing me $1200 in cash. What a great store.

Lenovo it is. sorry it is so late, but found this with my wife's work benefits discount. Looks like it can be used IN ADDITION to the sale they are having.. an extra 10% off... the code is:
USXSAVE4SPRING



Do you happen to have a current code? :) I'm getting ready to pick up an X61 of my own.

Cheers-
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 08:01
That worked for me when I purchased mine about 3 weeks ago....
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 09:36
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 13:19
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Excellent - Thanks Irish!
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 20 May 2008, 12:35
I found these offers on my corporate discount site

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 20 May 2008, 12:45
I am getting this laptop for $ 1,152.87

what do you folks think?

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 08:01
Looks like an awesome setup.

One thing to note, as Westsider already mentioned, 4GB's of RAM won't do you any good running XP...to use mpre than 3, you need to upgrade to Vista.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 08:08
Is the Bluetooth feature all that necessary for a laptop? What does it allow you to do?
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 08:08
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Looks like an awesome setup.

One thing to note, as Westsider already mentioned, 4GB's of RAM won't do you any good running XP...to use mpre than 3, you need to upgrade to Vista.


Yeah but i want to get the 4 GB in future if the D..heads at Microsoft deliver a better windows software
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 08:09
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Is the Bluetooth feature all that necessary for a laptop? What does it allow you to do?



Its free - Anyways and I can sync my cell phone contacts to outlook
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 09:46
Bluetooth is free in $ terms, but rather expensive in terms of battery life. Turn it off if you aren't using it.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 11:11
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Bluetooth is free in $ terms, but rather expensive in terms of battery life. Turn it off if you aren't using it.


good point
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