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# Laptop (and bag) for Bschool...

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12 Mar 2007, 10:51
Rhyme did.

I personally don't think it's a good idea, unless you're familiar with Mac stuff. I won't be happy to waste time finding how the heck do I save my final test paper.

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12 Mar 2007, 12:27
Also, what about a tablet? Useful or just a gimmick.

The Thinkpad R60 looks sweet though.

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12 Mar 2007, 12:33
Yeah, the specs are solid, but 3 kg is a bit too much. Imagine hopping around 16 hours a day with a 7-pound brick up your a\$\$.

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12 Mar 2007, 13:04
braindancer wrote:
Yeah, the specs are solid, but 3 kg is a bit too much. Imagine hopping around 16 hours a day with a 7-pound brick up your a\$\$.

Oops, I meant the X60 (its a tablet, around 4 lbs).

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12 Mar 2007, 13:23
Yeah, this one looks very good. I'm not sure if I'd take a tablet (I type faster than I write), but both X60 options are solid. C2D 2GHz, 2Gb RAM, 8-cell battery - here's a tiny monster.

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13 Mar 2007, 12:41
Laptop weight is a huge concern with me. The difference in a few pounds makes all the difference. However, buying the proper carrying case can help alleviate these problems. I recommend staying away from messenger bags during B school. They may be stylish, but it can put too much stress on one shoulder.

I myself have a gateway. I have had it for 1.5 years and no problem yet. But i also tend to stay away from programs or websites that may bring about many problems. Ive noticed that many problems with notebooks are user related. But... some manufacturers do use quality frames and hardware to help the product last longer.

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14 Mar 2007, 11:18
Can someone explain to me what practical uses a tablet PC has? I could understand if one were a graphic artist or designer, but the functionality of the pen makes any kind of excel design or other business use very challenging. To make matters worse the finger prints and smudges are VERY annoying. The one feature that I like is the swivel screen, but so far I have not gotten into the main features. Thoughts???

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16 Mar 2007, 04:47
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Can someone explain to me what practical uses a tablet PC has? I could understand if one were a graphic artist or designer, but the functionality of the pen makes any kind of excel design or other business use very challenging. To make matters worse the finger prints and smudges are VERY annoying. The one feature that I like is the swivel screen, but so far I have not gotten into the main features. Thoughts???

BUMP, for I'd like to know as well..

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16 Mar 2007, 05:30
I thought of a good use for a tablet while I was on a plane yesterday. It's much easier to view the screen of a tablet if you are in a cramped airplane seat. I had a hard time getting my screen open entirely so watching a movie was difficult. It would have been much easier with a tablet. It might be a concern for people like consultants that are flying every week, although they probably get bumped up to business class regularly and don't need to worry about it.

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16 Mar 2007, 09:20
I know that Rice is not in consideration for many of you, but it is great that they supply computers to all new incoming students. So there is no need to worry about which to buy and how much to spend. There is IT guys for the PCs and they are free!

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16 Mar 2007, 20:18
typicalgmatter wrote:
Can someone explain to me what practical uses a tablet PC has? I could understand if one were a graphic artist or designer, but the functionality of the pen makes any kind of excel design or other business use very challenging. To make matters worse the finger prints and smudges are VERY annoying. The one feature that I like is the swivel screen, but so far I have not gotten into the main features. Thoughts???

Its a way for your to draw a diagram like you might in a meeting and have an electronic copy. You can take digital notes in class compelte with the right symbols for formulas etc instead of some text based parantehtical nightmare like (((x-3)^4)/2)+3)/((x+4)(3.2))^n) or whatever. But honestly, whats the point? Just use paper and a pen and you'll be fine. Frankly, I find it easier to flip through a book of notes than to try and find what page I wrote something in on a long electronic copy.

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16 Mar 2007, 23:39
I was just looking over the stuff for Darden. They budget \$3250 in the first year for a comptuer. Are they serious? Before I looked at this, I was thinking about dropping \$1500 on a nice new laptop for business school. What the hell costs \$3250 these days?

On a different note, they revised their estimated monthly rent up from \$536 to \$700 for last year. That's probably 1/2 what the estimate would be around New York or the Bay Area.

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17 Mar 2007, 15:19
pelihu wrote:
I was just looking over the stuff for Darden. They budget \$3250 in the first year for a comptuer. Are they serious? Before I looked at this, I was thinking about dropping \$1500 on a nice new laptop for business school. What the hell costs \$3250 these days?

On a different note, they revised their estimated monthly rent up from \$536 to \$700 for last year. That's probably 1/2 what the estimate would be around New York or the Bay Area.

Yea \$3250 sounds insane to me. Even apple's most expensive laptop costs \$2800. And Apple is overpriced for what it is.

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17 Mar 2007, 20:42
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pelihu wrote:
I was just looking over the stuff for Darden. They budget \$3250 in the first year for a comptuer. Are they serious? Before I looked at this, I was thinking about dropping \$1500 on a nice new laptop for business school. What the hell costs \$3250 these days?

On a different note, they revised their estimated monthly rent up from \$536 to \$700 for last year. That's probably 1/2 what the estimate would be around New York or the Bay Area.

Yea \$3250 sounds insane to me. Even apple's most expensive laptop costs \$2800. And Apple is overpriced for what it is.

They're probably making you buy service plans and the like.

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19 Mar 2007, 12:22
Currently debating whether to get a tablet for about \$310 more (\$1100 vs \$1410)...This is between the Thinkpad X60 and the X60 Tablet version.

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19 Mar 2007, 12:44
X60 for 1100, where ?

batchgmat wrote:
Currently debating whether to get a tablet for about \$310 more (\$1100 vs \$1410)...This is between the Thinkpad X60 and the X60 Tablet version.

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19 Mar 2007, 13:01
Its kinda complicated...First off you need to buy today. Then you need to use American Express and sign up for their Tailor Made program (its free, takes about 5 minutes).

Lenovo is having a sale, and if you use your American Express card you get 12% off (will be credited to your statement a few months later). Also, if you go through a website like FatWallet you will get an additional 3.5% off.

Anyways, I configured the deal with XP Home, 512MB, 80gb HD, finger print reader, 8 cell battery (which gives almost 8 hours of battery life) for \$1100 after everything.

I told you it was complicated .

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19 Mar 2007, 13:03
batchgmat wrote:
Its kinda complicated...First off you need to buy today. Then you need to use American Express and sign up for their Tailor Made program (its free, takes about 5 minutes).

Lenovo is having a sale, and if you use your American Express card you get 12% off (will be credited to your statement a few months later). Also, if you go through a website like FatWallet you will get an additional 3.5% off.

Anyways, I configured the deal with XP Home, 512MB, 80gb HD, finger print reader, 8 cell battery (which gives almost 8 hours of battery life) for \$1100 after everything.

I told you it was complicated .

Someone's not getting any work done today!

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19 Mar 2007, 13:58
How about just trying this link for the Lenovo St. Patty's Day Sale (last day today):

http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/?PID=1909457

\$1073 for T series 15.4" widescreen.
Core 2 duo
1GB (should really go with 2)
80GB HD
6 Cell battery (\$30 more for 9 cell)

The only think I don't like is that their 14.1" model is not a widescreen - and widescreen is really much better for laptops because of the size and keyboard space. I already have a 15.4" notebook, but this looks like a pretty good deal.

The X series is more expensive, but I can't really imagine using the above set-up with just 512mb of RAM. Also, I think getting a new computer is a good time to switch over to Vista.

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19 Mar 2007, 14:18
pelihu wrote:
How about just trying this link for the Lenovo St. Patty's Day Sale (last day today):

http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/?PID=1909457

\$1073 for T series 15.4" widescreen.
Core 2 duo
1GB (should really go with 2)
80GB HD
6 Cell battery (\$30 more for 9 cell)

The only think I don't like is that their 14.1" model is not a widescreen - and widescreen is really much better for laptops because of the size and keyboard space. I already have a 15.4" notebook, but this looks like a pretty good deal.

The X series is more expensive, but I can't really imagine using the above set-up with just 512mb of RAM. Also, I think getting a new computer is a good time to switch over to Vista.

Hmm, but the weight on that is prob a bit high - I'm looking for a light laptop. The X60 weighs in around 3.6 lbs.

Also, after reading the negative reviews about Vista I'd prob stick with XP for now. Maybe later I can get Vista with an educational discount.

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