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New post 04 Feb 2009, 13:36
I went to a mac almost three years ago when I bought a MacBook Pro. It's easily the sexiest thing I own, and more importantly, it works far better than any PC I've ever used. I laugh at my friends/parents who are pulling their hair out about Vista, and I suspect that Windows 7 will be a disaster as well.

I don't mind being a part of the Mac Minority at school, even if my school's tech folks frown on it. But I've never used BootCamp. Anyone care to share their experiences with this? Is XP noticeably better/slower? Other applications?

I would be tempted to eschew Windows altogether if I didn't want to play HalfLife 2. Currently I just use my work-supplied PC, but that goes away come May...
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I actually purposely ordered my new Vaio in Vista Home Professional.

I like Vista for 2 things:

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2) Annoying confirmation when installing any software (prevents spywares or other malwares from installing automatically)

I know I am a minority on this one.
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Any thoughts on the Lenovo Ideapad U-Series? There seems to be one model that is similar in size/weight to the X200, and the Ideapads IMO have a better design, and may have better multimedia features.

BTW, what's the difference between all these processors? Is Core 2 better than Core, and is Duo better than Extreme? The last time I knew anything about Intel processors was probably the days of the Pentium II... :lol:

P.S. If anyone wants to know what the current employee price is for a specific Lenovo model, let me know and I'll post it here. I'm an alum of IBM's consulting practice and can check prices for you. For example, the X200 right now is starting at $951.15.
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So hopefully Mr P won't ding me but....

It's a long story but I suddenly find myself owning two X61s. I LOVE this laptop - it's fabulous for school. Super-portable, but unlike the netbooks, it's got real computing power. So one is for sale:

post569514.html#p569514

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good article on Lenovo laptops.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/23/thin ... em-rugged/
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What do B-School students usually lug their laptops around in? When I was visiting, I unfortunately didn't pay attention to what most people favored. I currently carry my work laptop around in a soft leather briefcase, but I wouldn't want to carry it around all day. Not to mention, it looks a bit too formal for a school setting.
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What do B-School students usually lug their laptops around in? When I was visiting, I unfortunately didn't pay attention to what most people favored. I currently carry my work laptop around in a soft leather briefcase, but I wouldn't want to carry it around all day. Not to mention, it looks a bit too formal for a school setting.


I currently carry my laptop around in Kenneth Cole carry on like the one in the picture below. It also comes with a shoulder strap so when i don't feel like carrying it around, i can wear it on my shoulder.
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Other times, I just carry them around in a laptop sleeve. Then I just put it in my messenger bag.
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New post 24 Feb 2009, 08:34
I also currently use a soft briefcase for carrying my laptop to work, but am planning to use a laptop messenger bag for school. I got one from Manhattan Portage as a gift so I'll use that:

http://www.manhattanportage.com/catalog ... 0bb63bd834

I used one of their non-laptop messenger bags during undergrad and loved it - comfortable, durable and more than big enough to carry books and notebooks.
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backpack with a laptop area. I throw my laptop in a Waterfield Designs sleeve (it's soooo nice)

http://www.sfbags.com/

and carry it in my backpack all day. Most students do that at Haas.
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Thanks for the ideas, everybody. I'm probably going to pick up one of those sleeves and get look for a messenger bag this coming weekend. Back to the topic of the actual laptops, I'm fairly certain I'm down to either an IBM X300 or a Dell XPS Studio 13. I know Kryzak mentioned that Dell's have questionable reliability, so I'll have to determine whether the increased liklihood of failure is worth the increased performance and lower cost.

I was also familiarizing myself with the great HDD vs. SSD debate last night. The SSD seems attractive, with the faster access times and dependability due to the lack of moving parts. The cost will drop a bit by the time I'm ready to buy this summer.
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Thanks for the ideas, everybody. I'm probably going to pick up one of those sleeves and get look for a messenger bag this coming weekend. Back to the topic of the actual laptops, I'm fairly certain I'm down to either an IBM X300 or a Dell XPS Studio 13. I know Kryzak mentioned that Dell's have questionable reliability, so I'll have to determine whether the increased liklihood of failure is worth the increased performance and lower cost.

I was also familiarizing myself with the great HDD vs. SSD debate last night. The SSD seems attractive, with the faster access times and dependability due to the lack of moving parts. The cost will drop a bit by the time I'm ready to buy this summer.


Go with Lenovo! (especially the X-series). They passed as a semi-rugged laptop with a price tag below those of panasonic toughbook's : http://i.gizmodo.com/5159091/lenovo-thi ... -mr-freeze
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Good deal on a reliable laptop. Rhyme can vouch for it too :)
http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/13/leno ... ng-or-649/
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Good deal on a reliable laptop. Rhyme can vouch for it too :)
http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/13/leno ... ng-or-649/



INSANE PRICE!!!!
Best deal on Thinkpad X series I've ever seen.
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Good deal on a reliable laptop. Rhyme can vouch for it too :)
http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/13/leno ... ng-or-649/


INSANE PRICE!!!!
Best deal on Thinkpad X series I've ever seen.


I am holding out for a similar deal on x200. I know the 4:3 screens have more viewable area (for same diagonal) but I still prefer a widescreen. Also, bought a Samsung x360 recently for $750 and it is awesome!
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Do you guys know about how much the X200s weigh in at?
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Do you guys know about how much the X200s weigh in at?


Depends on the battery that you will load inside.

6 cell battery equipped one will weigh at 3 lbs. 9 cell battery will drive it up to about 3.7 lbs.
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Any thoughts on the Sony VAIO laptops? I've been seeing some deals on them and they seem to have a better reputation than Dell and HP, etc.

But how do they fare in terms of durability? And any recommendations on specific model lines?

Still not sure if I want to go the Ideapad (or Thinkpad) route just yet -- the weak multimedia on my old T40 and the lack of touchpad on many models is a small concern...

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I used to be a big fan of the SZ series (this is now replaced with SR/NZ range I believe). But my most recent purchase (one of the newer SZ series) gave me problems that have put me off Vaios forever. The brand new Vaio's speakers were busted. When I got a replacement model, the wireless card broke down in a week or so. The warranty covered it, but its a case of once burnt twice shy now. Overall the laptop doesn't feel very durable - I wouldn't bet my life on it surviving two more years (I only bought it last year).

So, I bit the bullet and ordered myself a Lenovo X200s last week.

prashok wrote:
Any thoughts on the Sony VAIO laptops? I've been seeing some deals on them and they seem to have a better reputation than Dell and HP, etc.

But how do they fare in terms of durability? And any recommendations on specific model lines?

Still not sure if I want to go the Ideapad (or Thinkpad) route just yet -- the weak multimedia on my old T40 and the lack of touchpad on many models is a small concern...

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Which processor do you have with it? Any issues performance wise?

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I have the lenovo X200 and I love it. The size is perfect, the widescreen is nice, and the keyboard is spectacular. Nothing beats Thinkpad keyboards. The perfect touch. :)

And you can get a good system for about $1300 if you have an employee discount. :)


I think I have the top end one, 2.4GHz dual core. Zero performance issues. It runs very fast. Battery life if you're actively using the computer (word, internet, etc...) is roughly 6-ish hours for a 9-cell battery, using level 5 brightness (out of 15).

How is the weight and bulkiness with the 9 cell battery? Do you notice the "bulge" of the 9 cell sticking out? I want the life of the 9 cell but I'm not sure if it adds much in hauling work over the 6 cell. Also, what do you think of the screen brightness?

I'm debating the X200 vs. X200s and looking for any opinions. I can get the former for $1200 including an onsite+accidental 3-year warranty. I can do the X200s for a bit over $1400 for the same warrant. I would probably go with the 6 cell on the X200s since it runs a bit longer and to save weight. I gather the other plus of the X200s is a better screen, besides the BIG plus of being a lot lighter. I don't really know if the weight makes much of a difference (about 0.6 pounds between 6 cell X200s and 9 cell X200). Any thoughts? Also, what about the performance of the X200s? It has slower processor but I'm not sure how significant the difference will be running Vista.

I change my mind on the topic every 30 seconds it seems. Someone please tell me the weight difference isn't a big deal and that the X200 has a lovely screen! :lol: :lol:
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Do you guys know about how much the X200s weigh in at?


Depends on the battery that you will load inside.

6 cell battery equipped one will weigh at 3 lbs. 9 cell battery will drive it up to about 3.7 lbs.

Doing more research it looks like the X200 (not X200s) comes in at 3.58 pounds with the 9 cell. The X200s maxes at 3.3 pounds, but is 3.0 with the 6 cell.
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