I already purchased my laptop through lenovo (I wanted the X61s, very small and light, and I wanted to customize it myself). However, I did go online to the penn state computer store (you can click on the link through that attachment we got), and it seems like we do get a discount through lenovo, apple, and dell, not just dell. I had 4 roommates undergrad with dell laptops and my best friend had one as well, not one of the laptops made it through all 4 years, one at disks through it's A drive, one had the motherboard explode which caught my friend's bed on fire, etc... However, UVM did market a pretty low-end laptop to undergrads, I'm sure they are not ALL faulty to that extent. Anyway, you should go online through the computer store and look at the ones they offer, it does seem like a good deal on the thinkpads if that's the model you would want anyway. I bought a 3 year 24hour onsite warranty through lenovo with mine, so if I have a problem I just have to provide a workable space and a technician will come to my house and fix my laptop within one business day, hurrah. It's expensive, but worth it I think. I also bought 3 years of computrace lojack, so on the off chance my laptop gets stolen, I have a very good chance of getting it back. Hope this was helpful. I think I'm still up in the air about the mentor thing, though it does seem like a good way to meet people(or, at least a person with some knowledge about the school).