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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2004, 09:24:30 AM »
I went for the cheapest one I could find.  I have other expenses to worry about too.  So mine was $699 at Best Buy.

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2004, 09:48:42 AM »
Maryland has a program set up for it's incoming 1L's.  They have an agreement with Dell to reduce the price of some of their nice notebooks.  The one I chose was a D505.  It's just as capable as my Dimension desktop, but it'll be the only computer I bring to school with me so it better be good.  The price started at $1400 but ended at $2150 after I added in all the other crap...

Hopefully most schools have simlar programs...

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I am curious, how the hell did you pull that off?  Did you get two port replicators and 4 batteries?

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2004, 11:44:28 AM »
Me too, I was given a Compaq E500 which I think is a P3-600 with 64 mb of RAM and a 12 gb HDD. The memory and HDD can both be upgraded but I'll likely only upgrade the RAM. I'm not terribly strapped for cash and a lightweight fancy notebook appeals to me but I have better things to spend my money on, like my desktop PCs.

The Compaq is 7 lbs but I'm in pretty good shape so I should be able to haul it around. If it gets annoying, I also have a P2-300 IBM notebook that's 4 lbs. The problem with the IBM is that it's not powerful enough to run CounterStrike well.


I went for the cheapest one I could find.  I have other expenses to worry about too.  So mine was $699 at Best Buy.

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2004, 12:01:56 PM »
Maryland has a program set up for it's incoming 1L's.  They have an agreement with Dell to reduce the price of some of their nice notebooks.  The one I chose was a D505.  It's just as capable as my Dimension desktop, but it'll be the only computer I bring to school with me so it better be good.  The price started at $1400 but ended at $2150 after I added in all the other crap...

Hopefully most schools have simlar programs...

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I am curious, how the hell did you pull that off?  Did you get two port replicators and 4 batteries?

I'm about to spend about the same thing.  I'm getting the Dell Inspiron 600, which I think starts around $1200, but by the time I customized with what I want/need its about $2100 (and that's with a discount going through my company).  I went up to a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB RAM in one dimension because I have some I can add, 8x CD/DVD Burner, extra modular battery, 3 year service warranty and a A490 Dell printer. 

I've been told by lots of law students this is the one purchase NOT to skimp on.  You'll use this thing at least 3 years and it will be the center of everything you do in law school.  I've heard too many horror stories about laptops that didn't work or didn't work fast enough or have the right capabilities.  I was told to make sure and get as much RAM as I could afford because Lexis and Westlaw require a lot to run at a good speed, an extra battery in case I'm somewhere at school with no electrical outlet, and at least 3 years warranty to cover my whole school period.

My desktop is almost 5 years old now, so I need a good laptop.  I figure I won't use my desktop much anymore in law school, so I see no need to skimp on a laptop.  Some of the things I got were extras, but things I thought I would use and want.

Check with your school about requirements too, some schools have specific requirements or recommendations.
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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2004, 04:40:21 PM »
a top of the line graphics card is key... how else will you be able to watch porn?

and do law-related stuff too... i guess that is important as well...

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2004, 03:55:46 PM »
so how much more is a 15" monitor worth (as opposed to a 14")?

most packages seem to end up being about $600 more for the larger screen. is it worth it? what sized screens are people expecting to buy?

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2004, 04:03:13 PM »
so how much more is a 15" monitor worth (as opposed to a 14")?

most packages seem to end up being about $600 more for the larger screen. is it worth it? what sized screens are people expecting to buy?

Go with the 14, almost always they will have better battery life and are much cheaper than notebooks with a 15. 

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2004, 04:56:03 PM »
I went with a almost $2k solution.  I got the dell Inspiron 5100.  I like the 15" monitor and better speed.  Not worried about battery life since anywhere I will be using it, even classrooms, have power outlets.

No need to worry about graphics and gamer-like speed in law school, but I am using it for my job before law school and I do a lot of data mining and development, so I need a little extra umph that teh 1/2 gig of Ram and a 2.5 GHz processor gets you.

If I was just getting a box for law school, I would dump the screen size, processor speed and memory for a cheaper price.  All you are really going to be doing is:

1. Web-based (probably) research which costs you nothing in processor speed, graphics or memory.  the real speed determiner is your connection speed.

2. Word processing.  Same thing as above.

3. Surfing porn.  See item 1.
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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2004, 05:35:25 PM »
im just concerned that if i get a smaller screen (ie 14"), by defualt ill end up with a smaller keyboard. as ill be using this thing to take notes and tests, i dont want to be squinting at the screen or screwing up my typing because my fat fingers wont fit on the keyboard.

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Re: How much should you spend on your laptop for LS?
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2004, 07:34:52 PM »
My buddy, a 2L at USC, said screen size is the most important thing.  He said that you want to be able to see as much as possible while taking notes and exams.  Plus, the bigger the screen, the bigger the keyboard.