So my parents have offered to shell out the big bucks to get me a quality laptop. I can now afford the Lenovo Thinkpad, but Dell Latitude D620 is offered through my school for 1349 and it comes with MS office and a 4 year warranty with on campus repair, anti virus intel core 2 duo 2Ghz?
Since I'm computer illiterate I kinda like the idea of the school just doing everything for me haha, but would it be a better investment to spend the 1400 on a thinkpad? I've heard Dells can be real pieces of crap from time to time, never heard that about the Thinkpad
That doesn't seem like such a great deal for the D620. I just picked up a D630 (the model replacing the D620) with a 3-year, on-site warranty for about $1150, and the D630 gives you some good improvements over the 620 (not the least of which is terrific battery life). You might go to Dell's website and customize and price a machine for comparison (though the D620 is no longer available for Custom built orders). I think there's a good chance that your school's deal will not prove to be especially attractive.
Also, if your school will service the D620 on-site, that probably means they have a service agreement with Dell and will service any of their machines that are under an on-site service agreement. So, you are not locked into any one kind of Dell...you likely can get any of their laptops and enjoy the benefit of your school's tech service/support. Call your school to verify this information, of course.
You cannot go wrong with a thinkpad (provided you can get Lenovo to sell you one). But they cost a bit more, and you lose the advantage of the on-site support (though many Thinkpad supporters will tell you that getting a Thinkpad means you will never need service...). For me, the service agreement with Dell was a big deal; I like the idea of taking my laptop down the hall if there is a problem with it. Plus, reviews of the Dell seemed a bit more flattering, I thought. I should have my new machine Monday. If you want any information about it send me a message...