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# Laptop (and bag) for Bschool...

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31 Mar 2007, 22:10
http://www.dynamism.com/flybook-vm/gallery.shtml

With built in 3G. How awesome is that.

And of course:

http://www.dynamism.com/g1/main.shtml

1.97 pounds. CARBON FIBER CASE.

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01 Apr 2007, 07:32
rhyme wrote:
http://www.dynamism.com/flybook-vm/gallery.shtml

With built in 3G. How awesome is that.

Wow, I really liked the flybook (though I did not like the ones in yellow and red...eeks!)

In-built 3G card is cool too...But using 3G is so expensive that I might want to use it only if someone is reimburing me . Plus you don't have HDSPA in the US, so it won't be that useful.

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01 Apr 2007, 10:32
HSDPA is available in the US through Cingular, however it is a different band than used in other parts of the world. In the Bay Area at least, HSDPA is faster than EVDO by Sprint or Verizon, but coverage is not as good.

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01 Apr 2007, 18:39
rhyme wrote:
batchgmat wrote:
Here are some pics of the X60...I've included my 15 inch Dell for reference

Is that the standard battery or a high capacity on the X60?

How do you find hte keyboard? I have a T41p now and love it. Screen is large enough to use at length - the tiny size of hte X60 is appealing however.

Its a high capacity battery (8 cell) that came as a free upgrade. Adds a bit of weight, but the total weight is still 3.7 lbs or so.

To be honest, I haven't used the system much, but thus far the keyboard seems great. Very good feedback and I love the TrackPoint. Hate the trackpads.

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20 Apr 2007, 21:36
Hey guys.

I've been thinking of buying a laptop as well.

Here in Philippines, laptops are quite more expensive than it is in other countries. So I'm planning to buy it in the states. Can you anyone suggest where? Is it cheaper on-line? I have a friend who bought a \$2000 laptop in Texas. He has a cousin working in HP, so he got a lot of discounts. I think it was around \$200-400 off. I've also heard of student discounts? Can anybody give me an idea?

Also, should I buy a high end laptop? I am quite a computer boy. Is it worth it? Is it a good investment?

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21 Apr 2007, 00:28
I would buy a higher end laptop. When I spec machines for my department, I always assume a service life of around 4 to 5 years, if you buy low end then you may find yourself outgrowing it faster. I buy from a big name brand to make it easier to support, usually Dell or IBM, and always buy the "Act of God" warranty plan in case you happen to drop it or worse. All universities have purchase plans with big name computer companies, I happen to work for Stanford (No, not at the GSB ) so I am familiar with some of their discounts, but they differ from school to school.

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23 Apr 2007, 12:30
i've had a number of laptops over the last few years; a couple of acers, an IBM t41, and a mac book. The t41 was amazingly well made, but I prefer my new mac book. The mac is tactile, fast, compact, and the battery lasts ages - not bad considering its price!

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24 Apr 2007, 12:15
londonluddite - count me in one the Mac side as well--I'm looking at getting a Macbook (my first!) for school in the fall. Any buying tips?

I'm looking at a black MB with 2 gigs of ram. Also will probably get one of those dvi adapters so I can run a dual monitor set-up at home. And for software, MS Office 2004 and Parallels.

Did you get a white or black one? Any issues with dirt (on the white) or fingerprints (on the black)? Also, what do you think of the glossy screen--I've heard mixed reviews. Any other thoughts?

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24 Apr 2007, 13:01
naturallight wrote:
londonluddite - count me in one the Mac side as well--I'm looking at getting a Macbook (my first!) for school in the fall. Any buying tips?

I'm looking at a black MB with 2 gigs of ram. Also will probably get one of those dvi adapters so I can run a dual monitor set-up at home. And for software, MS Office 2004 and Parallels.

Did you get a white or black one? Any issues with dirt (on the white) or fingerprints (on the black)? Also, what do you think of the glossy screen--I've heard mixed reviews. Any other thoughts?

i'm also considering a Mac... but tech support at most schools will not help you out if you have a problem... this would be my first mac, but i'd like to think i'm saavy enough to figure things out if/when a problem arises... we'll see though, i might just end up getting a thinkpad

the best place to get a mac i think is definately amazon... no sales tax on a \$2k purchase is huge

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24 Apr 2007, 14:06
naturallight wrote:
londonluddite - count me in one the Mac side as well--I'm looking at getting a Macbook (my first!) for school in the fall. Any buying tips?

I'm looking at a black MB with 2 gigs of ram. Also will probably get one of those dvi adapters so I can run a dual monitor set-up at home. And for software, MS Office 2004 and Parallels.

Did you get a white or black one? Any issues with dirt (on the white) or fingerprints (on the black)? Also, what do you think of the glossy screen--I've heard mixed reviews. Any other thoughts?

I have the black one and its wonderfully tactile, which makes up for the fact it does get covered in fingerprints (but not to the extent it bothers me). I have the 2ghz core duo with 1 gig ram and to be honest it has never struggled, even with 20 odd different word documents open, so not sure you would need more memory. Regarding the screen, I think it is great, very bright and not too glossy. I have the resolution up pretty high, which means I can have two word docs up side by side - although i do have pretty good eyesight. One the buying front - I live in the UK and the mac prices are fixed here, so can't help with buying advice.

Not too fussed about tech support as I have an engineering degree

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24 Apr 2007, 14:40
polobrute wrote:
i'm also considering a Mac... but tech support at most schools will not help you out if you have a problem... this would be my first mac, but i'd like to think i'm saavy enough to figure things out if/when a problem arises... we'll see though, i might just end up getting a thinkpad

The Apple Store Genius Bar will do the tech support job very well. Get the three year apple care plan. Its a great investment. Its very difficult to argue against a Thinkpad (I have one) except that it runs windows. I like windows, but if you want to truly enjoy your "computing life ", get a Mac.

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the best place to get a mac i think is definately amazon... no sales tax on a \$2k purchase is huge

Agreed, its a heck of a deal. I don't think you can configure your Mac on Amazon though. BTW, Amazon has some insane deals on several Windows machines.

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25 Apr 2007, 09:40
Found on Dell website:

Inspiron E1405 Intel┬о CoreтДв 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
LCD Panel 14.1 inch WXGA+ UltraSharpтДв TFT Display with TrueLifeтДвMemory 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
Video Card Intel┬о Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Hard Drive 160GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Sound Options Integrated Sound Blaster┬о AudigyтДвHD Software Edition
Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g
Primary Battery 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Bluetooth Options Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)

Total price \$1,156.00 (after \$500 discount)

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25 Apr 2007, 09:55
luminos24 wrote:
Found on Dell website:

Inspiron E1405 Intel┬о CoreтДв 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
LCD Panel 14.1 inch WXGA+ UltraSharpтДв TFT Display with TrueLifeтДвMemory 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
Video Card Intel┬о Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Hard Drive 160GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Sound Options Integrated Sound Blaster┬о AudigyтДвHD Software Edition
Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g
Primary Battery 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Bluetooth Options Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)

Total price \$1,156.00 (after \$500 discount)

it won't make much of a difference if youre just surfing gmatclub and running excel, but if dell gives you the option to upgrade to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 677MHZ, then i would do it to take full advantage of that core2duo's frontside bus.

this deal is okay if you need something right now, but if you can wait, lenovo usually runs great specials every few months. thinkpads are a million times better in terms of quality.

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25 Apr 2007, 12:24
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the best place to get a mac i think is definately amazon... no sales tax on a \$2k purchase is huge

Hmm, with the Apple student discount, the price is the same. Although Amazon has no sales tax*, you have to go through the hassle of the mail-in rebate.

*Since I live in WA, I get charged sales tax on my Amazon purchases

If you buy a computer directly from Apple's online store, do you get charged sales tax?

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26 Apr 2007, 15:59
luminos24 wrote:
Found on Dell website:

Inspiron E1405 Intel┬о CoreтДв 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
LCD Panel 14.1 inch WXGA+ UltraSharpтДв TFT Display with TrueLifeтДвMemory 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
Video Card Intel┬о Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Hard Drive 160GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Sound Options Integrated Sound Blaster┬о AudigyтДвHD Software Edition
Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g
Primary Battery 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Bluetooth Options Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)

Total price \$1,156.00 (after \$500 discount)

Not bad at all. Where did you get that quote? How did you get discounts?
Do you still have the link?:)
By the way... do you get Vista installer cds? Or just preinstalled?

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27 Apr 2007, 05:35
Alright guys. This has already been discussed but I still want to hear some feedback.

Is everyone getting a 12 inch for portability or 14 inch because of the bigger screen? I'm going back and forth. Worried that a 12 inch will be too small for long sessions..

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27 Apr 2007, 07:27
I have a compaq 14in widescreen. It's a good size, but it can get a little heavy lugging it around all day (esp because it has the extra large battery). I really like the widescreen aspect.

My buddy has a Dell 12in. Very small and sleek--he has no problem holding it in one hand and taking it down to the coffee shop. His also has an extra large battery. The big drawback is that the keyboard is not full size. The punctuation keys (. ,) are esp tiny.

I think I'm getting a 13in MacBook, but if I were getting a PC, I'd get the smallest one with a full size keyboard. I think there are some 12in Lenovos with full size keyboards. At home, you could have a separate monitor.

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27 Apr 2007, 09:59
If you are researching for a laptop,.
It's a forum like GMATClub

http://www.notebookreview.com/

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30 Apr 2007, 01:05
Xeo78 wrote:
Alright guys. This has already been discussed but I still want to hear some feedback.

Is everyone getting a 12 inch for portability or 14 inch because of the bigger screen? I'm going back and forth. Worried that a 12 inch will be too small for long sessions..

This is my primary concern. The X-60 is the quintessential portable business tool, just not sure if I can handle staring at a tiny 12" screen all day. I've grown accustomed to the ultra wide 17" Vaio, but the weight and low battery life are becoming major concerns.

Does anybody know whether IBM makes a 15" or 16" that weighs under 4lbs with the same specs as the X-60 for around \$1500 w/AMEX promotion?

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30 Apr 2007, 03:00
Have you guys considered how you're going to move all your gear from day to day? I REFUSE to lug around a notebook case because I plan to spend 10~12 hrs/day on campus shuttling between lecture halls, MBA lounges, libraries, cafeterias, the IMA gym and quite possibly on board the local bus system. A solid, not too flashy, weatherproof backpack with a built-in laptop compartment should do the trick.

Not the most appropriate bag for most of us, the Burton Audex I-pod pack comes equipted with most of the features I'm looking for at a not-too-ridiculously-expensive price (~\$100). I'm opting for the extra capacity because of my (somewhat) active lifestyle and consolidation needs. The bag is durable and fits well with casual b-school attire.

Some essential key features:

* Abrasion-resistant bottom (essentially, when it's not on our backs, it's going to be on the floor!)
* Padded, ergonomic shoulder straps to keep the stress off our lower back
* Easy-access, reinforced padded side entry laptop compartment (fits 15" laptop) This also keeps the PC as close to our backs as possible for proper weight distribution and extra protection
* 900+ cubic inch separate center storage compartment. Perfect for gym wear, training gloves, and a toiletries pouch (never know when you might be able to sneak in a quick workout) Besides, the extra space can accomodate a ziplocked sandwich/lunchbox, powerbars etc.
* Seven internal pockets for our TI finance calculator, PC charger, extra battery pack, and peripherial adaptors
* Stash slots on both sides for two 16oz water bottles
* Detachable front case (kinda cheezy but it could be used to hold all our mechanical pencils, refills, coins, memory sticks, business cards, etc.)
* Intergrated Audex iPod control system with Airwave Radio Frequency technology and updated control pad on shoulder strap including a remote port and headphone jack (at first I was thinking this was unecessary, but factoring in the round trip commute and on-campus walking time, it might be nice to skip between podcasts, audiobooks and tunes)
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