im not a current law student but i play one on tv.
as for laptops, from what i hear from most 1Ls is that portability is key. battery life is important too, but as long as the battery lasts longer than an hour, you should be fine because most of the areas where you will need the laptop will have plugs.
i cant emphasize enough what ive been saying all along on laptops.
thats all you need to know. theyre the best. they last the longest. they dont have overheating problems. support is awesome. top notch parts.
go with the x40 or the x42. light, thin, and portable. plus, if you have to carry around extra batteries or a charger, then you will want something as light as possible. i would not go with anything under 12" screen though...it makes it pretty tough to see if youre under that threshold.
Well, Dell had an amazing coupon that expired June 2. They were offering 20 percent off and free shipping on their notebooks and I bit. I ended up getting an Inspiron 600m with a 3 year in-home warranty for 1,500. We'll see how it turns out.
It's a little heavier than I'd like (4.9 lbs) but it has an optical drive and above average battery life. A few of the ultra-portables came with an external drive. All of the ultras with internal drives were a little too expensive for my tastes. I just paid a few hundred extra and got a nice warranty.
It got pretty good reviews, obviously there are some flaws. I know Dell has an amazing return policy. So I guess we'll see if my frugality will pay off in the long run.
Thanks for your advice though.