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New post 07 Aug 2008, 20:52
Yeah, that is where i am looking - has anyone actually purchased from a particular place?
The lenovo site now says "more than 4 weeks".. which seems to be the closest they have to "you will get it when we send it"
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New post 07 Aug 2008, 21:37
for the battery? It's still 1-2 weeks for the laptops...
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New post 08 Aug 2008, 13:01
Yep, for the battery. That might be a good sign though if they will ship a full laptop w/ the 8 cell. Maybe they have some on hand =)
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New post 12 Aug 2008, 15:31
Re-ordered today, when the new 2.8 ghz processors appeared. Estimated shipping date of 8/26...
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the X200? 2.8 GHz? Doh!!!
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New post 13 Aug 2008, 14:38
I actually ordered the W500...the X200 I believe is limited to the 2.4 ghz processors. Pretty much fully loaded (4 gb's of ram, 7200 rpm hard drive, etc. etc.), you can still get away with an X200 < $2K, which is an incredible deal. I thought long and hard about getting the X200, but I really wanted the upgraded gpu that came with the W.
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New post 13 Aug 2008, 15:37
Although I am sure this type of laptop is barred @ business school (LOL), I just wanted to post it anyway...

I just placed the order for this unit yesterday. It should be here before september...

HP DV7T - custom built
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Here are my custom-built specs:

HP Pavilion dv7t Entertainment Notebook
- Vista Home :roll:
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53 GHz, 1066MHZ bus (like desktops), whopping 6MB of L2 Cache)
- 17.0" diagonal WSXGA+ HD BrightView Infinity Display (1680 x 1050 resolution, bezzle-less appearance)
- 4GB DDR2 RAM
- 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Video card
- 320GB SATA Hard Drive
- Built-in Webcam
- Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100AGN and Bluetooth(TM)
- LightScribe 8X DVD Burner
- HP HDTV Hybrid Tuner with 2 remotes - you can watch/record HD content - acts as a DVR
- 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - surprisingly long 3+ hour battery life for a laptop with a 17" screen!

I was practically shaking when I clicked the "place order" button... I have never bought anything so spec'd out before in my life!

*cough* OVERKILL! *cough*

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Nice setup! My Thinkpad is pretty much the same, except with the 2.8 processors, DDR3 RAM, and a 1900X1200 display.

Something to be careful of is that you need to get the 64-bit version of Vista to have more than 3GB's of RAM available. As I saw it, the "home" edition only came in 32-bit. You might want to check to ensure that that's not the case...
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New post 13 Aug 2008, 19:11
irish, thanks for the clarification. My X200 is supposed to ship 8/19, so I'm crossing my fingers. :) I have a home computer (recently upgraded to 3.0GHz dual core), so the laptop is purely for portability. :)
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New post 14 Aug 2008, 07:42
8/19?? Color me jealous! Did you manage to get that crazy SSD deal?
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New post 14 Aug 2008, 10:25
I forgot to put that in my post - it's Vista Home 64-bit... Although I will be purchasing another hard drive to install XP on it... in case I don't like Vista which seems to be the trend among other users.

Your thinkpad setup sounds insane! I thought my setup was high-end!
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Nice setup! My Thinkpad is pretty much the same, except with the 2.8 processors, DDR3 RAM, and a 1900X1200 display.

Something to be careful of is that you need to get the 64-bit version of Vista to have more than 3GB's of RAM available. As I saw it, the "home" edition only came in 32-bit. You might want to check to ensure that that's not the case...
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Unfortunately I missed the SSD deal. Right now I'm just hoping the thinkpad will ship on or before 8/19!
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I have officially crossed over from the Dark Side. I went Mac! 8-)
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New post 18 Aug 2008, 22:50
Would it look really bad if you got an Alienware laptop for school? I mean, playing some games for recreation is fun, but would you look like a total geek? I'm refering to the new smoothened exterior laptops out right now (as opposed to the hideous skullcap versions).
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New post 19 Aug 2008, 14:21
Not sure. I don't know if the average student will know the brand. Personally, I'd think it was awesome, but that's just me. Also, if people were aware of what it was, they probably wouldn't be in a rush to be in a small group with that guy.
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New post 25 Aug 2008, 16:45
guys,

I am posting this to share a big deal with you guys. if anyone is interested in a hp customized laptop (built via hp.com) they are offering a huge amount off!

They are giving 30% off any customized laptop (for the home segment) which exceeds $1,000!

I recently bought an hp laptop for over $2100 but when i saw this offer, i immediately returned it. I reordered the same unit except with even higher specs - higher processor, fingerprint reader, docking station and a few other options.

my new machine came to $2,229 . when they applied this coupon, my laptop was brought down to $1,595! that's nearly $700 off.

the coupon code is NB8821 and is valid as of this minute, 7:45pm eastern, august 25th.

So whoever is in the market for one, this may be of interest to them. I found a great deal with this and simply wanted to pass it onto my friends at gmatclub.
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For the class of 2011, which laptop are you thinking of going with? Unfortunately, the only computer I currently have belongs to my employer and I don't think they will let me bring it along to Booth. :) I have gone through the previous year's purchasers, and it seems that many of you went with the Lenovo laptops. However, I just had a look on the website and they seem a bit pricey for the specs. Is there a reason why nobody seems to go with Dell or HP?
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For the class of 2011, which laptop are you thinking of going with? Unfortunately, the only computer I currently have belongs to my employer and I don't think they will let me bring it along to Booth. :) I have gone through the previous year's purchasers, and it seems that many of you went with the Lenovo laptops. However, I just had a look on the website and they seem a bit pricey for the specs. Is there a reason why nobody seems to go with Dell or HP?


Try to look for a classmate in your future school who worked for IBM or knows someone who works for IBM. The Lenovo price after discount is a great value. For $1200-1300, you can get a pretty well loaded X200 (that's what I got back in August). For the sturdiness and reliability, even if that's not the lowest price for comparable laptops, it's worth every penny. :)
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For the class of 2011, which laptop are you thinking of going with? Unfortunately, the only computer I currently have belongs to my employer and I don't think they will let me bring it along to Booth. :) I have gone through the previous year's purchasers, and it seems that many of you went with the Lenovo laptops. However, I just had a look on the website and they seem a bit pricey for the specs. Is there a reason why nobody seems to go with Dell or HP?


Try to look for a classmate in your future school who worked for IBM or knows someone who works for IBM. The Lenovo price after discount is a great value. For $1200-1300, you can get a pretty well loaded X200 (that's what I got back in August). For the sturdiness and reliability, even if that's not the lowest price for comparable laptops, it's worth every penny. :)


Thanks for the recommendation, I will have a look. I am one of the unfortunate souls who prefer the touchpad, so that will undoubtedly affect which laptop I choose. At Haas, do you mostly see Lenovo all over the place or do some kids have Dell/HP as well? I am a huge fan of Dell laptops and would be curious why more students don't use them.
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Thanks for the recommendation, I will have a look. I am one of the unfortunate souls who prefer the touchpad, so that will undoubtedly affect which laptop I choose. At Haas, do you mostly see Lenovo all over the place or do some kids have Dell/HP as well? I am a huge fan of Dell laptops and would be curious why more students don't use them.


Ahh, yes, if you want a touchpad, then the X300 is the only way you can go for small/light and Thinkpad. Check if they offer a regular hard drive version to make the price cheaper, or splurge and get one of those Solid State Drives that boot up in 5 seconds. :) I personally hate the touchpad, so the control stick works perfectly for me. Plus I have one of those Logitech VX Nano mice when I'm mousing a lot. Works like a charm!

As for Haas, I'd say 40% use Thinkpad, 20% Macs, and maybe 25-30% dell and the rest Toshiba, Sony, HP, Fujitsu, and other brands. The biggest complaint about Dell XPS (I think that's the model name) that people are using is reliability and when they call customer service, how horrible it is. This is all second hand info from (some of) my classmates, so the disclaimer is that I'm not a Dell expert. :)
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