General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread« on: February 10, 2007, 12:21:39 PM »
I haven't read this thread, but I can fairly safely say that if I am not the biggest computer nerd on these forums, I am probably somewhere in the top 10. I just wanted to throw out that for doing actual work, you can never go wrong with a Thinkpad (Lenovo bought IBM's PC division a couple of years ago, so www.lenovo.com) T or X series. For gaming, yes there are some better computers out there, but for working nothing beats the Thinkpad T and X series laptops (and for photo editing nothing beats a Thinkpad T series with the flexview screen, and for a Tablet PC nothing beats the X series, and even for gaming a T60 with the x1400 or better video card is pretty darn good). I convinced one friend to buy an X series, his boss saw it, now they might be getting them for the entire firm, that's how good they are.
Thinkpads do cost a little more than many other brands, but that is because they are built on the philosophy that people are smart enough to pay more money to get higher quality (i.e. they are the anti-Walmart and anti-Dell). Lenovo often runs some very good hard to find sales (and sometimes very good easy to find sales), so my recommendation is to call in your order via phone rather than configure online (though first configure online to know what you want and what the normal price is). Their phone reps are on a commission (though they aren't pushy like on-commission Best Buy salespeople), so if you tell them you need a better price, they do what they can to find you one.
Yes, but as an X41 Tablet owner I can tell you that Lenovo's customer service people stink. Meh, but then again, who actually has good customer service anyway?