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Re: laptop
« Reply #540 on: July 13, 2006, 09:18:43 AM »
Damn Harvard and its discounts!  Lol.  I'm just jealous.  Uber-jealous.

Alumni of Harvard can also receive the same discount, so if you attended for undergrad or something else...

Any Harvard alums want to buy one and sell it for $100 markup?   :P

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Re: laptop
« Reply #541 on: July 13, 2006, 10:04:34 AM »
Is $85 for a 80GB Western Digital external HD 3.5'' a good deal?

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« Reply #542 on: July 13, 2006, 10:13:13 AM »
Anyone know where I can get a good deal on a reliable external hard drive?

read the last few pages of this thread.

i did lots of looking around and finally settled on this iomega: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007W2IW4/104-3812722-1775122?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=172282

it's 250 gb/7200 rpm, got good reviews, and was only $140. i haven't used it yet but it looks good (and has a power switch). if it ends up having problems i'll share.

250GB is outrageous.  You should go with an 80GB for much less $$$.

Re: laptop
« Reply #543 on: July 13, 2006, 10:15:03 AM »
I got a 120GB HD a few years ago and had to delete stuff out because it got too full.

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Re: laptop
« Reply #544 on: July 13, 2006, 10:53:05 AM »
i did lots of looking around and finally settled on this iomega: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007W2IW4/104-3812722-1775122?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=172282

it's 250 gb/7200 rpm, got good reviews, and was only $140. i haven't used it yet but it looks good (and has a power switch). if it ends up having problems i'll share.

The only issue with this particular drive is the 2MB cache size.  2MB is on the low end and 8MB is the next step up.  The cache will improve the speed/efficiency of the drive up to a point.


250GB is outrageous.  You should go with an 80GB for much less $$$.

It all depends on what you do with the drive.  If you just store text files, 80GB is overkill - in fact, 80MB would be overkill in that case.  If you store ISOs or WAV files then you can burn through 80GB in no time.

The difference between $85 and $140 is not what I would characterize as much less; I'd say you're getting much less drive than money you'd be saving...you save 39% but lose 68% of the drive space.  Still, you can do better than $140 for a 250GB external drive.

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Re: laptop
« Reply #545 on: July 13, 2006, 12:16:26 PM »

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« Reply #546 on: July 13, 2006, 01:51:08 PM »
Woohoo!  I just ordered my laptop!  Newegg has sick deals on the Toshiba R200 series.

Congrats Mugatu! I saw that Compusa was getting rid of theirs as well. do they now have a core duo option in that line?

Such a slick little laptop.....

Oingo



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Re: laptop
« Reply #549 on: July 13, 2006, 03:47:46 PM »
How does these specs stack up?  Will this notebook be sufficient for 3 years of law school?  I did not even consider the ThinkPad until I read the reviews on this thread.


Product Description:    Lenovo ThinkPad X60 - Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz - 12.1" TFT

From what I've read, when compared to the X60s the X60 runs hotter, the battery lasts not quite as long, the machine can't use the slim version of the 4-cell battery, the machine is slightly heavier, and the fan runs more often, runs faster, and is louder.  The main advantage of the X60 is that you get a faster processor...that's about it.  I'm a pretty demanding computer user and I haven't been disappointed by the X60s' low voltage L2400 duo processor; in fact I've heard of people ordering the L2300 because it's even cooler and quieter and they're still quite happy with the performance.

An extra you might consider: bluetooth...some people with cell phones can use their phone to provide the laptop with an internet connection when away from a convenient network.  It's not absolutely needed...you could always buy a USB bluetooth device.  A nice convenience is finger print reader...it's great if you were actually going to secure your system anyway.  With a single swipe of my finger I'm automatically logged into the machine, into the hardrive, into the BIOS, and into Windows XP.