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Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #170 on: March 20, 2006, 08:34:14 PM »
can anyone tell me why an X series would be better for school than the T??

You should be able to get much better battery life out of the X than the T - that could be useful.  The X also has the low-voltage duo processor as an option (which I don't think the T has).  The X is designed to be more mobile for longer.  I have a friend that got the T42 for business school and he says he loves it but he wishes it wasn't so heavy.  Weight is a big deal.

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #171 on: March 20, 2006, 08:50:39 PM »
thank you typhoon

can anyone tell me why an X series would be better for school than the T??

You should be able to get much better battery life out of the X than the T - that could be useful.  The X also has the low-voltage duo processor as an option (which I don't think the T has).  The X is designed to be more mobile for longer.  I have a friend that got the T42 for business school and he says he loves it but he wishes it wasn't so heavy.  Weight is a big deal.

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #172 on: March 20, 2006, 10:16:44 PM »
I purchased the Gateway tablet for a few months ago specifically for law school. My background is in IT (software)...I am not a big IT hardware geek but I am competent. Here are my feelings on it:

* The battery life is amazing. Better by a mile than the 3 different IBM laptops that I have used over the last six years.
* The performance is OKAY. My biggest complaint is the boot time. I may bump up the RAM to 1 or 2GB. It is very cheap.
* I prefer a laptop that is a bit smaller and lighter.
* The text recognition is AMAZING. I just can not get over how well it works. But I suppose that is a compliment to Microsoft.
* Only one PC expansion slot. I would prefer two.

I know everyone here (and maybe others as well) prefer the IBM. But I can speak from personal experience as say that in six years of using IBM's full time I had nothing but problems. I had FOUR hard-drives die, a motherboard, and several video cards die. Now I know, everyone will think that I abused the laptop. Not true. I left it docked 99% of the time (and I did not travel). MANY others at work had similar problems. Having said all of that, I do think their new Tablets are sweet looking.

As a final note, I purchased my laptop through Best Buy. I purchased their extended warranty (I can't remember exactly but ~$150) because their repair policies are very good. I have used it several times for digital cameras and the like and have been very impressed. Generally if it is a major problem they will give you a new "camera/laptop/whatever" right on the spot. If they no longer have the model that you purchased they give you a store credit for the amount of the purchse.

Wow that was long.

But useful. Escecially the comments about boot time. I have the same issue with my X41 tablet. Although I am not a fan of Gateways, I did give the CX200 et al a hard look before purchasing my X41. That said, I would need at least a 4 year warrenty option to feel confortable. How long is the extended warranty that you purchased?

Oingo

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #173 on: March 21, 2006, 01:45:26 PM »
Just ordered the T43 to replace my rarely functional Dell Inspiron 600m. Hopefully I will have better luck this time!

Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #174 on: March 21, 2006, 02:05:34 PM »
What do you guys and gals think of the Toshiba m 400 tablet? I can't find any reviews for it. My brother uses the gateway tablet for medical school. He loves it. However, he recommended the Toshiba m 400 because of the duo processors. What do yall think? Thanks

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #175 on: March 21, 2006, 02:41:21 PM »
What do you guys and gals think of the Toshiba m 400 tablet? I can't find any reviews for it. My brother uses the gateway tablet for medical school. He loves it. However, he recommended the Toshiba m 400 because of the duo processors. What do yall think? Thanks

Right now it's on the top of my list...but I'd wait a few months to order it (if I were you).  There are some bugs related to the laptop & the new duo processors that I think we will be ironed out in the near future, through hardware and driver updates.

As I see the the M400:

Pros:
-Duo processor
-Best of both worlds (laptop & tablet)
-Internal Optical Drive
-Weight is less than most notebooks
-It should function properly with Windows Vista
-Harddrive is user accesible and can handle the 7200rpm 2.5" drives
-Comes with OneNote (although some schools are giving it away free to students)
-Built in microphone.

Cons:
-No low voltage processor
-Weight is more than most tablets
-Battery life isn't as high as some ultra-portable notebooks & tablets
-The modular bay doesn't currently support a battery
-No dedicated graphics card and the graphics system uses shared (i.e. system memory) which means the machine will be on the low end of complete functionality for Vista
-Memory isn't user accesible
-A number of people have complained about the fan and battery life problems (far below spec...but this doesn't include everyone).
-Toshiba doesn't offer a student discount.
-Toshiba's extended warranties seem a little more pricey than most other manufacturer's warranties.

There are a few reviews I'll post when I have a chance...

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #176 on: March 21, 2006, 03:03:15 PM »
And here are some of the M400 reviews/additional information:

Product Specs:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/product/pdf_files/detailed_specs/portege_M400-ST9113.pdf

Product Tour:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/pr/download/flash/portege_m400/portege_m400.html

Preview (mostly photos):
http://www.tabletpcreviewspot.com/default.asp?newsID=361

Review:
http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/3_slates_toshiba_m400.html

Forum on Toshiba Tablets:
http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=22

Forum on Toshiba Tablets:
http://forum.tabletpcreviewspot.com/forumdisplay.php?f=11

Brief mention of M400 with mention of a full review sometime in the future:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1920558,00.asp

An extended review by a New Zealander:
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,2913babb-81b1-4c1c-ac67-431ff2e01419.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,22d6ae4a-6954-4478-b62c-aab013913f59.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,49a6606f-e527-4404-ba70-d36ac245c7b0.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,d68aa1a8-eb7a-4c9f-9b91-01616af1fa69.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,4efcf56f-b4c0-4dfe-9cff-80bacefa00bd.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,6fd174f2-aa00-4b4c-b700-770f60406883.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,3b46ce63-2803-4b79-8e72-e7656f4fcded.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,d7c6a5b6-88c8-4a47-98db-d51f5a6e792a.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,d7a61f66-9252-4d96-8611-0414f9c076d7.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,8fbbd9dd-d4b9-41d0-9735-fc716f0cae04.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,11f74529-4384-4139-9ad5-81541060c354.aspx
http://www.pringle.net.nz/blog/PermaLink,guid,52fe239f-e5d7-415b-a738-f8719823fe7a.aspx

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #177 on: March 21, 2006, 05:56:08 PM »
I purchased the Gateway tablet for a few months ago specifically for law school. My background is in IT (software)...I am not a big IT hardware geek but I am competent. Here are my feelings on it:

* The battery life is amazing. Better by a mile than the 3 different IBM laptops that I have used over the last six years.
* The performance is OKAY. My biggest complaint is the boot time. I may bump up the RAM to 1 or 2GB. It is very cheap.
* I prefer a laptop that is a bit smaller and lighter.
* The text recognition is AMAZING. I just can not get over how well it works. But I suppose that is a compliment to Microsoft.
* Only one PC expansion slot. I would prefer two.

I know everyone here (and maybe others as well) prefer the IBM. But I can speak from personal experience as say that in six years of using IBM's full time I had nothing but problems. I had FOUR hard-drives die, a motherboard, and several video cards die. Now I know, everyone will think that I abused the laptop. Not true. I left it docked 99% of the time (and I did not travel). MANY others at work had similar problems. Having said all of that, I do think their new Tablets are sweet looking.

As a final note, I purchased my laptop through Best Buy. I purchased their extended warranty (I can't remember exactly but ~$150) because their repair policies are very good. I have used it several times for digital cameras and the like and have been very impressed. Generally if it is a major problem they will give you a new "camera/laptop/whatever" right on the spot. If they no longer have the model that you purchased they give you a store credit for the amount of the purchse.

Wow that was long.

But useful. Escecially the comments about boot time. I have the same issue with my X41 tablet. Although I am not a fan of Gateways, I did give the CX200 et al a hard look before purchasing my X41. That said, I would need at least a 4 year warrenty option to feel confortable. How long is the extended warranty that you purchased?

Oingo

My warrenty is for 3 years. No matter what I bought I would have liked 4 years so it would cover the entire time at LS. Oh well.

Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #178 on: March 21, 2006, 06:10:02 PM »
tag. I'm thinking about getting the gateway cx200x and found your review helpful, thanks.

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Re: Buying a Notebook Computer for Law School? The Q and A thread
« Reply #179 on: March 21, 2006, 06:59:46 PM »
Does anyone know whether or not the X41 will be able to easily run Vista? Someone claimed that the Toshiba is the only tablet out that will be able to run Vista's new interface.

edit: I'll add some downsides to the X41 that I've read about, since it is the tablet generating the most buzz.

1.) the included battery is definitely not the best in class (under 4 hours, according to a few reviews). The larger battery bumps the weight up to 4 lbs and changes the form factor of the x41 into a 11"x11" square. I'm not sure if the laptop sleeve would work with it.

2.) definitely not the most powerful tablet out there.

3.) definitely the slowest HD: 4200 rpm or something like that. Granted, this HD has all sorts of security measures built in.

For me, these performance issues are a pretty big deal. The Toshiba and Fujitsu both seem to be better options, although most people acknowledge the durability and security of IBM laptops to be the best. At this point I'm sold on the idea of a tablet, so if I don't get the X41, I'm not getting an IBM.



edit #2: we should make a tablet shoot-out thread, comparing and contrasting their features.