I was wondering if there was any reason we Pre-1Ls should wait to buy a laptop. Say you want it two weeks before law school starts, which means that you need to order it about a month in advance of LS (10 days prep, 7 delivery, +2 weeks early). Which means from today we have about a month and a half to wait. Would it be beneficial to hold out until the last minute in hope of the technological trickle down effect? Or is a month and half too soon to expect any significant price and or hardware/software changes?
Get your laptop on ebay. That's the best deal, hands down. Nothing you will do as a law school student -- write papers, take notes, research on the web -- requires the latest & greatest Pentium shizzle. These are high-volume sellers, not individuals, you can get pretty much any configuration and a lot of them will even add memory etc if you want it. I got a Dell Latitude C400, probably about 16months old, 4lb laptop, for $550 last week.