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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2010, 16:57
according to slickdeals, this laptop should be available for $500 at bestbuy (and if you buy it online, you can use bing to get cashback):

http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668413.php

it's not exactly lightweight (coming in at just under 6 lbs). however, it's a powerhouse that should last you for a good # of years.

- intel core i3 processor
- 4 gb ram
- 15" LED screen
- blu ray drive

pretty good price for a desktop replacement, but again the caveat is that you sacrifice portability with it

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 11:58
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stopper5 wrote:
Has anyone ever asked their employers if they can "buy" the work laptop from the company? How should I do this (if at all)?

I really like the HP laptop I'm using currently for work.


I've thought about that too (also have an HP laptop at work which is great) but in the end I realised I am too spoiled and want something new.

But if you want it, why don't you just ask? They would probably sell it to you at its book value which should be way below market value unless it's brand new. Or by the word "buy" in brackets you mean getting it for free? If they already know you're leaving there's not much risk in asking, I'd have thought?


Thanks vgeri, good point. I guess I'll just ask, no harm in doing so =P.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 13:25
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Hey all, headed to Ross in the fall and I'm considering an Asus UL30A A2. Anyone think I'll have any issues using this? From what I've read it should fit the bill for bschool (the most graphically intensive thing I'll probably ever use it for is streaming video from the web), and looks like I can pick one up for less than $800 with Windows 7. Thanks!

There a ASUS UL80AG for $550 on slickdeals. It's a solid laptop. It seem to have metal casing, which is a must for being tossed around in your backpack. ASUS makes quality stuff. If you are a big geek like me, ASUS motherboard are the best. It's a bit on the heavier side for a 14" laptop, but I found size not weight to be the key in portability.

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2010, 11:50
please share some more affordable brands of laptops
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 01:00
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was looking around at the darden portal and realized that they "strongly urge" you to buy their own laptop bundle. it's got all the software preinstalled, and runs windows corporate ed.

per website, you could use an existing laptop BUT you'd have to have it configured by an accredited 3rd party technician, at a cost of ~ 400US$, including software and technical support.

moreover, if your laptop dies on you over the course of the program, you can have a loaner laptop from them if you buy their package, but this option is not available to you if you use your own laptop.

sounds to me like they're making a pretty compelling case about buying their laptop vs. other brands.

best check your school's requirements before going out and buying yourself a laptop. might save you a lot of grief.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 20:14
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per website, you could use an existing laptop BUT you'd have to have it configured by an accredited 3rd party technician, at a cost of ~ 400US$, including software and technical support.

moreover, if your laptop dies on you over the course of the program, you can have a loaner laptop from them if you buy their package, but this option is not available to you if you use your own laptop.

sounds to me like they're making a pretty compelling case about buying their laptop vs. other brands.


OMG. Do you buy extended warranties?

I am sure you can argue to not have to do the $400 thing - it is absurd and effectively holding you hostage for something unnecessary. 2010 - business school student needs help organizing computer. I am sure GMAT club would not endorse my approach so I won't post it. It involves notes and palms.

As for the tech support - unless you are a muppet, you are unlikely to bust a laptop in two years. If you do, tech wise, they are like any IT function. If you don't break hardware, you are done, and if you break the screen they tell you it breaches the warranty.

That said, nothing wrong with getting used to writing checks above and beyond tuition to your future alma mater.

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2010, 19:57
I am one of those guys who seem not to appreciate the IBM thinkpad design too much. (x200) and I prefer something at 13" screen. Are there any other laptops gmat clubbers vote for? And is there any store that carries x200 IBM so that I can look at it before buying.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2010, 20:16
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
I am one of those guys who seem not to appreciate the IBM thinkpad design too much. (x200) and I prefer something at 13" screen. Are there any other laptops gmat clubbers vote for? And is there any store that carries x200 IBM so that I can look at it before buying.


i posted a couple of potential laptops a few pages back: the-great-laptop-discussion-forum-61513-540.html#p673370

i'm in your camp - i hate the thinkpad design... probably will be looking elsewhere

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2010, 08:29
Thanks Shadow. Let me have a look.

shadowsjc wrote:
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
I am one of those guys who seem not to appreciate the IBM thinkpad design too much. (x200) and I prefer something at 13" screen. Are there any other laptops gmat clubbers vote for? And is there any store that carries x200 IBM so that I can look at it before buying.


i posted a couple of potential laptops a few pages back: the-great-laptop-discussion-forum-61513-540.html#p673370

i'm in your camp - i hate the thinkpad design... probably will be looking elsewhere
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2010, 18:43
Cornell recommends at least 1.6 GHz processor and X200 seems to be the only laptop that meets that requirement and provides 10+ hrs of battery life. No wonder it is the GMATclub fav. Did anyone find another similar brand/series?

BTW, if you are planning to get X200, wait till March as they are getting X201 out.
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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2010, 10:56
can we start a new thread for this topic just for 2010 convo? i think this thread should be restarted every year since technology and prices change so dramatically, it would also help to keep suggestions organized on the first page. we could keep a running list of laptops by price, processing power, etc.

just thoughts as i am having a hard time sifting through all 30 pages

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Re: The great Laptop discussion forum [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2010, 16:47
2012dreams wrote:
can we start a new thread for this topic just for 2010 convo? i think this thread should be restarted every year since technology and prices change so dramatically, it would also help to keep suggestions organized on the first page. we could keep a running list of laptops by price, processing power, etc.

just thoughts as i am having a hard time sifting through all 30 pages


Agreed. Someone should start a new thread. im thinking about it. Although I don't like asus or gateway.

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