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Think we're starting to establish a list of potential options here for this year!

In Tablets 2 in 1's I've provisionally added the Dell Venue Pro as it has an excellent attachable keyboard. In Ultrabooks I've provisonallly added the LaVie Z - costs $$$ but for lightweight portability it looks like could be bit of a winner.

Tablet 2 in 1's
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Ultrabooks
Dell XPS 13
Lenovo X1 Carbon Thinkpad
Lenovo Thinkpad LaVie Z

Laptops
Lenovo T440 Thinkpad



For the cost conscious folks out there, I would recommend the ASUS Zenbook UX305FA ultrabook. I've seen it go as low as 600.

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gcb09173 wrote:
Think we're starting to establish a list of potential options here for this year!

In Tablets 2 in 1's I've provisionally added the Dell Venue Pro as it has an excellent attachable keyboard. In Ultrabooks I've provisonallly added the LaVie Z - costs $$$ but for lightweight portability it looks like could be bit of a winner.

Tablet 2 in 1's
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Ultrabooks
Dell XPS 13
Lenovo X1 Carbon Thinkpad
Lenovo Thinkpad LaVie Z

Laptops
Lenovo T440 Thinkpad



For the cost conscious folks out there, I would recommend the ASUS Zenbook UX305FA ultrabook. I've seen it go as low as 600.


I would recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad T450s. After spending more than a month doing my research, I think this is the best option for a business laptop.

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptop ... kpad-t450s

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I would recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad T450s. After spending more than a month doing my research, I think this is the best option for a business laptop.

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptop ... kpad-t450s


Its actually just the updated version of the t440 so was already covered but I'll update it to T series as any of that family of laptop would be more than sufficient for BS. My only caveat on there is the weight - at ~4lbs its quite a bit heavier than those listed under ultrabooks, and some people will want something lighter as they hump it between classes and back and forth to school every day.

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GMATSmudge wrote:

I would recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad T450s. After spending more than a month doing my research, I think this is the best option for a business laptop.

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptop ... kpad-t450s


Its actually just the updated version of the t440 so was already covered but I'll update it to T series as any of that family of laptop would be more than sufficient for BS. My only caveat on there is the weight - at ~4lbs its quite a bit heavier than those listed under ultrabooks, and some people will want something lighter as they hump it between classes and back and forth to school every day.


I agree that it's a little heavier than the Ultrabooks, but that's the trade-off for the various connectivity/storage options. The T450s is a little lighter at 3.5 lbs (without the touch screen, which I think is unnecessary :-D )

The Thinkpad X250 would be a much lighter alternative at 2.8 lbs. I am heading out later to try and get a feel of both these laptops. I will come back with an update if I find them in stores here.

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I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?

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I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


How is the keyboard on the X1 Carbon? Are you using the 3rd gen? I'm leaning towards the X1 Carbon against the T450s, due to the weight issue. Have you noticed any issues while working on the X1 Carbon?

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cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


How is the keyboard on the X1 Carbon? Are you using the 3rd gen? I'm leaning towards the X1 Carbon against the T450s, due to the weight issue. Have you noticed any issues while working on the X1 Carbon?

Thanks


IMO theres only 2 reasons to consider the T450 over the X1 - 1.) Price given there is quite a difference 2.) You need the optical drive If those aint an issue then i def think you should go for the X1.

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cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


How is the keyboard on the X1 Carbon? Are you using the 3rd gen? I'm leaning towards the X1 Carbon against the T450s, due to the weight issue. Have you noticed any issues while working on the X1 Carbon?

Thanks


IMO theres only 2 reasons to consider the T450 over the X1 - 1.) Price given there is quite a difference 2.) You need the optical drive If those aint an issue then i def think you should go for the X1.


Well I was thinking of ordering the T450s with a base configuration and then upgrading the memory and storage myself. There's a saving of about $400 if you do it that way.

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cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


How is the keyboard on the X1 Carbon? Are you using the 3rd gen? I'm leaning towards the X1 Carbon against the T450s, due to the weight issue. Have you noticed any issues while working on the X1 Carbon?

Thanks


IMO theres only 2 reasons to consider the T450 over the X1 - 1.) Price given there is quite a difference 2.) You need the optical drive If those aint an issue then i def think you should go for the X1.


For the configuration that I'm looking at, the X1C3 is $1450 and the T450s is $1060, so there's about $400 between them. But I'm planning on adding RAM and an SSD to the T450s, which might be bring it a little closer to the X1C3 but with more RAM and storage! I'm really confused :?

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I opted for a regular Thinkpad with a slim profile over the X1 simply because the X1 was so expensive!

I think the T440s that I got (guess they're now onto the T450s) was still fairly light and slim. Not exactly "ultra-book" dimensions but very close and still ultra-portable. It's got the upside of being extremely durable (I've accidentally dropped and stepped on mine a few times and nothing!) still. Got the SSD as well and it was totally worth it. I don't think I can ever go back to a spinning drive now.
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cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


The HP Spectre would probably do a job but having had a quick look I still think the x1 carbon would be a better bet.

Ive always been a pad and pen person so note isn't as important for me.

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cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


The HP Spectre would probably do a job but having had a quick look I still think the x1 carbon would be a better bet.

Ive always been a pad and pen person so note isn't as important for me.


I think so too. I do not see myself taking notes electronically. Will probably go with the T450s over the X1C3 for the keyboard.

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gcb09173 wrote:
cbsnyc17 wrote:
I've been debating between the Lenovo X1 Carbon (really great ultra portable that I currently use at work) and the new HP Spectre x360 (seems to be getting really good reviews, better than the Yoga as 2 in 1). My biggest question is whether I would really use the Spectre as a tablet to take notes in OneNote in class - from what I gather, OneNote seems like a great program to organize notes, but do students primarily use old school pen and paper in class?

Has anyone else considered the Spectre x360 or should I stick with the tried and true Lenovo?


The HP Spectre would probably do a job but having had a quick look I still think the x1 carbon would be a better bet.

Ive always been a pad and pen person so note isn't as important for me.


I think so too. I do not see myself taking notes electronically. Will probably go with the T450s over the X1C3 for the keyboard.

Thanks.


I've configured both the T450s and X1C3 with the i5-5200u and 256 GB SSD - and they are both around $1500 - the only difference is that I get 12GB RAM on the T450s while it's only 8GB on the X1C3. Which one is a better option now?? :?

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I think if I can buy one regardless of my budget, I will consider ASUS Transformer Book series, mainly because I can detach the keyboard when needed. I can use it as a tablet or laptop whenever I like.

But if it is not a need, I think HP Probook Series is fine. I have been using HP Probook 430 for 2 years. Everything is fine until now, and I do not have any intention to let it retired.

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I've configured both the T450s and X1C3 with the i5-5200u and 256 GB SSD - and they are both around $1500 - the only difference is that I get 12GB RAM on the T450s while it's only 8GB on the X1C3. Which one is a better option now?? :?


Just thought that I'd give an update!
I ordered the T450s with a base configuration and I've added 8 GB of RAM and swapped the HDD for an SSD. The machine is just great!! :-D

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Here's my take on the laptop situation...

I'm not a PC person so I can't really recommend a particular model. Most people who have PC's in my program have Lenovo and ASUS.

I am a Mac person and will always be. Over half the people in my program have Mac, so it's not uncommon at all. We do have to partition our hard drive and install bootcamp to be able to access some of the software we use in our core classes. I will say something, when we ran RISK Palisade simulations (on the windows side of my Mac), my computer was way faster than any PC, including the professors'.

So my final advice is, if you are used to PC, get a PC. If you are a Mac person, don't be afraid of having a Mac in business school.

P.S. Tablets are useless for class. If you want a tablet in addition to your laptop just for the sole purpose of downloading e-books and textbooks, be my guest - however it does not replace a laptop in any way.

Also, If you guys want some time to kill before enrolling your program and want to get a head start in your career search, check out pymetrics. It's an online neuroscience game-based career assessment platform that connects you to companies and jobs based on compatibility. Pretty awesome.

http://bit.ly/1JxEviS

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