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Which Laptop would you buy?
« on: July 27, 2006, 11:10:08 AM »
I'm looking for the optimal laptop for law school that's still a good value, but the former concern takes precedence.

DELL:

3362623 Latitude D620 14.1" WXGA (Widescreen), Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), $1150.00

512MB, 60GB HD, 24x CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, Ethernet, Intel 802.11a/g Wireless card, Internal 56k modem, Integrated

Intel GMA 950 Video card, No floppy drive, Windows XP Professional,

3 year on-site limited warranty with CompleteCare,

Wt.: starting at 4.9 lbs.

 

 

3362605 Latitude D820 15.4" WXGA (Widescreen), Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), $1180.00

512MB, 60GB HD, 24x CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, Ethernet, Intel 802.11 a/g Wireless card, Internal 56k modem,

Integrated Intel GMA 950 Video card, No floppy drive,

Windows XP Professional, 3 year on-site limited warranty

with CompleteCare, Wt.: starting at 6.0 lbs.

 

 

3362614 Latitude D620 14.1" WXGA (Widescreen), Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), $1275.00

1GB (2 DIMMS), 80GB HD, 8x DVD+/-RW drive, Ethernet,

Intel 802.11a/g Wireless card, Internal 56k modem, Integrated Intel GMA 950 Video card, No floppy drive,

Touchpad with UPEK Fingerprint reader, Windows XP Professional,

3 year on-site limited warranty with CompleteCare,

Wt.: starting at 4.9 lbs.

 

IBM / Lenovo:

 

3168107 ThinkPad Z60t 14" WXGA (Widescreen), Pm 740 (1.73GHz), 512MB, $1315.00

40GB HD, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, Gigabit Ethernet,

Integrated Intel GMA 900 Video card, 802.11a/b/g Wireless card,

Internal 56k modem, Windows XP Professional, No floppy drive,

1 year limited warranty, Wt.: up to 4.8 lbs.

 

3363335 ThinkPad T60 14.1" XGA, Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), 512MB, 60GB HD, $1475.00

CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, Gigabit Ethernet, Integrated Intel

GMA 950 Video card, Intel 802.11a/b/g Wireless card,

Internal 56k modem, No floppy drive, Touchpad with UPEK

Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, Windows XP Professional,

3 year on-site limited warranty with Protection Plus,

Wt.: starting at 4.8 lbs.

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3404564 ThinkPad T60 14.1" XGA, Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), 1GB (2 DIMMS), $1775.00

60GB HD, DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, Gigabit Ethernet,

Integrated Intel GMA 950 Video card, Intel 802.11a/b/g Wireless card,

Internal 56k modem, No floppy drive, Touchpad with UPEK

Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, Windows XP Professional,

3 year on-site limited warranty with Protection Plus,

Wt.: starting at 4.8 lbs.

 

3411792 ThinkPad X60 12.1" XGA, Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), 512MB, 60GB HD, $1885.00

3401778 Ultrabase Ultrabase with CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, Gigabit Ethernet,

2426020 Combo Drive Integrated Intel GMA 950 Video card, 802.11a/b/g

Wireless card, Internal 56k modem, No floppy drive,

Windows XP Professional, 3 year on-site limited warranty

with Protection Plus, Wt.: 3.1 lbs. without media base


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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 12:09:48 PM »
this coming from a lenovo x40 owner..

i'd go with one of the lenovo laptops.  i can't speak highly enough about mine.  is the machine only going to be used for school purposes, or will it double as a music/movie/web machine?  if the latter applies, you might want to stay away from the 12.1" screen.

i use my x40 (12.1") for school and some web surfing (usually done while in school), and i love it.

i had a few classmates who had dell's bite the dust during the semester, but then again i saw that happen to a number of different brands (excluding ibm, but then again there were far fewer of them).  warranty coverage is key, and i'm not talking about the "best buy extended" garbage.

honestly, any of those machines you listed will be fine for school.  if you're using it for more than school, go with one of the machines with 1gig of ram and a larger hard drive.  and as previously mentioned, avoid the 12.1" if you're using the machine outside of school.
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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 12:53:03 PM »
You can get a better z60t for cheaper on the Lenovo Outlet (the items are new).  They also have several T-series (no 60s though) if you don't care about Core Duo.  Also, you can add another 512 of memory for free.

As for the Dells, have you tried to build it through your school?  I looked into the D620 when I was purchasing my computer and was able to build similar ones for a couple hundred bucks cheaper or more loaded ones for the prices you listed.

z60t for $999
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 750 (1.86GHz)
 •     Genuine Windows® XP Professional
 •     512MB DDR2 SDRAM memory
 •     80GB 5400rpm hard drive
 •     DVD Burner
 •     Integrated Fingerprint Reader
 •     7 cell Lithium-Ion battery
 •     1-year limited warranty

z60t for $1199
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 760 (2.0GHz)
 •     Genuine Windows® XP Professional
 •     512MB DDR2 SDRAM memory
 •     80GB 5400rpm hard drive
 •     CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive
 •     Bluetooth     
 •     Integrated Fingerprint Reader
 •     7 cell Lithium-Ion battery
 •     3-year system/1-year battery limited warranty
 •     Titanium Edition


edit to add Lenovo Outlet link: http://www-131.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PromotionDisplay?promoName=555218&storeId=10000001&catalogId=-840&langId=-1

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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 05:25:39 PM »
I'd say x60 or x60s.  Small, light, great machine with great battery life (especially x60s).  Also good warranty.

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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 07:14:11 PM »
T60 or the X60 are preferable (T60, unless you really need the smaller machine).

The Latitude 620 would not be bad (generally they have better reps than the Inspirons), but the D820 would be on the large side to carry around all day. The extra 1" isn't worth it, imo.
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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006, 07:29:09 PM »
ive got a dell inspiron 600m with intel centrino. it is awesome. i have had it for 3 full years now, and absolutely love it. it is a great computer. it's a bit pricey, but i love it
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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2006, 10:16:26 PM »
Coming from someone who ownes a Dell 710m, I would opt for the Dell. I work in the IT department at a large law firm and we give our attorney's D620's. Great laptops. I would highly recommend them.

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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2006, 12:59:45 AM »
I would get the 620 or the 820...similar features and everything to the IBM, but probably cheaper.
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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2006, 08:37:12 AM »
Speaking as a Dell owner, I'd get the Lenovo. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is speak to Dell support -- ever! I had to do it for way too many hours last year during finals. Now, I'm thinking I might have to get the keyboard replace -- which is about the only original part left on this machine other than the hard drive and CD-ROM drive. (The replacement motherboard has already been replaced).

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Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2006, 10:38:34 AM »
My experience with Dell has gotten progressively worse over the last five years or so. I am now the happy owner of a thinkpad.