I'm ordering an HP from online for law school. I'm not sure if 5.29 lbs will turn out to be hassle. My current laptop is so OLD that I can't compare this new with it..
Sorry in advance, if this is considered a stupid question!
Though this may be hard to believe, in my experience as a former sales rep for a fortune 500 tech company this question isn't 'stupid'. I used to get this all the time.
Here's the deal:
Sub 4 pound laptops are easier to lug around everywhere, but tend to cost more than larger, heavier notebooks. Notebooks above 6.5 pounds are heaver and feel like a lead weight. With a lighter notebook, you will have less fatigue. Just before going to law school, I purchased a full featured notebook thinking I would save some money and still manage to lug the thing around. At just over 6 pounds, the thing is a tank. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I'd get a screen no larger than 14 inches and weighing no more than 4 pounds.
I always recommend you purchase a model from the small/medium business line if you like HP. Their Compaq and home lines are cheaped out, easier to break, and tend to fail well before the small biz models. In general, I am not a huge fan of HP. They make good stuff, but if you are thinking about buying from HP, you'd be better off going to cdw.com and talking to the person who handles your educational account (if you go to a school, chances are the school has some contact with CDW and a rep can set you up with educational discount pricing). www.cdw.com
That said, try to keep your notebook below 5 pounds. 3-4 is ideal.