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Ditto the advice about checking with the school,
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Posted by RonD [Email] (#2620) [Profile/Gallery] (more from RonD) on Thu, 3 Jun 2004 17:58:23 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: OT: Laptops...., turrbo [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 3 Jun 2004 14:50:46
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and I'm a university CIO. Many schools have negotiated special pricing or have special repair capabilities, as mentioned. This can also hold true for software (e.g., our students and prospective students can buy Office for $70 through a statewide consortium; I know other institutions where it's as little as $12).

What are you going to use the system for? Nine pounds is awfully heavy and two hours of battery life won't let you take notes in many classes consecutively. Public outlets are at a premium on most campuses, so battery life become more important if you're planning on using the system outside of your room.

Processor type and speed are also an issue, particularly for battery life. Unless you're a gamer, an engineering student doing finite element calculations or something similar, you probably don't need a 3 GHz P4 (except for the "my clockrate is higher than yours" comparisons). My personal system is a 1.7GHz PM and it runs all the standard stuff quickly and effectively.

If you're going to be carrying the system around campus something smaller and lighter, with longer battery life (like the 450XL), might make more sense. If a 17" screen is important, the price differential plus what you'd spend on a TV anyway is almost enough to pay for a 17" LCD TV with computer inputs.

The extended warranty and replacement coverage make great sense. If you're going to be carrying it, get an extra power adaptor so you're not crawling under the bed to unplug yours when you're late for class. Think about a second battery. Get the external USB mouse (a mini if you want to be portable). USB drives are replacing floppies on our campus.

Ron


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