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New post 17 Jun 2009, 11:19
Agree with the above posters. I'm using a T42 for my travels at the moment and it does the job fine. Granted I dont open complex spreadsheets on it yet, but I only have 1 gig of RAM on this and it still flies for all the general net browsing / document editing that I need to do at the moment.

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Ok, quick question for all the computer geniuses here. I currently have a Lenovo T40 that I bought from my company last year for like $150. It has an Intel Pentium M processor 1500 MHZ 1.49 GHZ, 512 MB of RAM (which I would upgrade to 2 GB for like $90) with Windows XP.

My question is, do I really need to go out and get a new laptop, or will this get me by for a while, at which time I can order the Kellogg laptop if I need to? Is my laptop so old that it's not worth even upgrading the RAM? I only plan to use the internet and run Office programs - nothing too memory intensive. Let me know what I should do:

A. Upgrade the laptop RAM and use as long as I can in school
B. Buy the Kellogg laptop and keep as a backup
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In that vein, I have a desktop, but not a serviceable laptop. Perhaps this is more appropriate for a current student, but I have been tossing the idea around to hold off on buying a laptop until I get to school to see whether it is absolutely necessary. In reality, if I am not using it in class, how often will I need a portable computer? Does most work actually take place in break-out sessions or on-campus where you must have one, or is it reasonable to think that I might be able to just complete assignments at home? I know requirements must differ to an extent from school-to-school, but does anybody do it?


I'll let the current students comment, but I'm pretty sure you will need a laptop for certain classes. There were a couple class visits I had where you brought the spreadsheet models you built and actually did stuff with them in class.

A lot of other classes, no, just a pen and paper were fine.

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New post 17 Jun 2009, 13:48
Thanks, I figured as much, but I figured I would throw it out there anyway. When I was in grad school for my Master's they told us we needed a laptop, but despite having one, I always ended up using the campus computer labs while on campus and using my laptop at home. I definitely needed my own computer, but in retrospect a desktop would have been fine. B-school by nature is a lot more team-oriented, so I am sure the requirements are quite different. I definitely don't want to be in a position where I need one but have to wait for it to arrive after classes start.
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New post 17 Jun 2009, 17:03
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B-school by nature is a lot more team-oriented, so I am sure the requirements are quite different. I definitely don't want to be in a position where I need one but have to wait for it to arrive after classes start.


I think that's the other thing, you'll spend a lot of time with your team working on projects where you need a laptop.

Just for kicks, why not ask one of the current Ross FYs? See what they say?

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Just got the specs for my laptop (all WFU students get one).

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jb32 wrote:
Ok, quick question for all the computer geniuses here. I currently have a Lenovo T40 that I bought from my company last year for like $150. It has an Intel Pentium M processor 1500 MHZ 1.49 GHZ, 512 MB of RAM (which I would upgrade to 2 GB for like $90) with Windows XP.

My question is, do I really need to go out and get a new laptop, or will this get me by for a while, at which time I can order the Kellogg laptop if I need to? Is my laptop so old that it's not worth even upgrading the RAM? I only plan to use the internet and run Office programs - nothing too memory intensive. Let me know what I should do:

A. Upgrade the laptop RAM and use as long as I can in school
B. Buy the Kellogg laptop and keep as a backup


Agree with all the posters. Upgrade your T40 and you should be fine. If after a while, you feel you need the K laptop, then go for it then. Although, personally I would go for the X200 or X300 instead of the K laptop. They're much lighter.

I was seriously contemplating between the X200 or the Kellogg laptop, but finally decided to save the money and use my 1.5 year old macbook pro (15.4", Intel 2.2 GHz, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD) with vista in bootcamp (upgrade to windows 7 when it comes out). Maybe I'll use this for another year, and then hope that the Kellogg laptop our second year is one of the lighter models and then get that. :-D
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I just had my first look at the T400, and I like it! Seems like a sturdy/dependable laptop that can be relatively high-powered for about $1100 or so. Does anybody have tips for these infamous IBM discounts I've heard about?
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I just had my first look at the T400, and I like it! Seems like a sturdy/dependable laptop that can be relatively high-powered for about $1100 or so. Does anybody have tips for these infamous IBM discounts I've heard about?


Up to 35% through many school websites....usually through bookstore website.

I currently see x200 basic model (bare-bone) at $850 and x200s basic model at $820.

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MeddlingKid wrote:
I just had my first look at the T400, and I like it! Seems like a sturdy/dependable laptop that can be relatively high-powered for about $1100 or so. Does anybody have tips for these infamous IBM discounts I've heard about?


Up to 35% through many school websites....usually through bookstore website.

I currently see x200 basic model (bare-bone) at $850 and x200s basic model at $820.

Booth seems to be offering Dell laptops.
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nink wrote:
MeddlingKid wrote:
I just had my first look at the T400, and I like it! Seems like a sturdy/dependable laptop that can be relatively high-powered for about $1100 or so. Does anybody have tips for these infamous IBM discounts I've heard about?


Up to 35% through many school websites....usually through bookstore website.

I currently see x200 basic model (bare-bone) at $850 and x200s basic model at $820.



Hmm.. my friend works for IBM and he gets the corporate discount. The cheapest price he can get is $859 for the X200 and $849.15 for the X200s. Not a huge difference, but it's interesting to see that the student discount is even more than the employee discount (albeit not by much)
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New post 20 Jun 2009, 06:29
For those going to Booth, the you can buy three Lenovo models through the school: the T500, the R400, and the X200. The prices are very reasonable given their specs, so if you just want a pre-configured laptop, you can consider getting those through the school if you don't want to get a Dell.
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I am torn in decinding whether to buy a 13.3" (1200x800) or a 15.4" (1440x900) laptop. The price difference is trivial, so I am most concerned about the quality-of-experience/portability tradeoff. Any input on this by current students?
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Fatb found killer deal on x200 on Circuitcity.com

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Sweet deal, Nink! Makes me wish I wasn't a touchpad user.
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After a long deliberation I ordered the X200 through the UCLA store for ~$1200. It wasn't cheap but a similarly configured model on Lenovo website would've cost me more than $1600 after discounts. The ultra-base with writer itself costs around $340 and the warranty is another $140. The only thing I couldn't get is a discrete graphics card, but that option is rarely available on ultra-light laptops.

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After a long deliberation I ordered the X200 through the UCLA store for ~$1200. It wasn't cheap but a similarly configured model on Lenovo website would've cost me more than $1600 after discounts. The ultra-base with writer itself costs around $340 and the warranty is another $140. The only thing I couldn't get is a discrete graphics card, but that option is rarely available on ultra-light laptops.

Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4 GHz), 4 GB RAM, 160GB (7200 RPM) HD

• 12.1” WXGA LCD with Intel Integrated Graphics
• Windows Vista Business with XP Downgrade
• Bluetooth
• 6 Cell Li-Ion Battery
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• Ultrabase included w/DVD±RW
• 3 years depot warranty


Solid deal! Did you look at the X200s? I'm going to make a purchase tonight, and it's down to these two.
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see if you can find someone who gets an employee discount (IBM workers definitely get one). That can bring the X200 price down another 10-20% from the online price.
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see if you can find someone who gets an employee discount (IBM workers definitely get one). That can bring the X200 price down another 10-20% from the online price.

I've been trying to find such a code, but have been unsuccessful so far. I priced out an X200s at about $1240 using the CPP code.
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Did any of you guys buy any sort of accidental damage protection with your laptops?
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