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Laura J. Frese 07-30-2009 11:29 PM

Is Upgrade Worth It?
 
Is the $350 to upgrade the laptop worth it?

07-31-2009 12:28 AM

If the computers are anything like they were when i got mine, no. I got the upgrade and i don't see much of a difference.

Gregory R. Everitt 07-31-2009 01:16 AM

I'm sorry, what upgrade is this?

Mike Richichi 07-31-2009 10:18 AM

The upgraded computer is about a pound lighter, and has a faster processor, video card, and a larger hard drive. It also has a higher resolution display, and a better wireless card. On the flip side, the base computer has one more USB port and an HDMI port for hooking up to TVs.

Is it "worth it?" Well, the price difference is the actual price difference between the two models, so certainly that's how much the upgraded computer and components cost. If you're a fairly basic user, the base model is fine, but if you want a faster processor or better graphics, and a little more room to store stuff, the price difference is a good way to get that.

The other issue is that the deadline for selecting the upgrade was back in June, so if you really want to do it you'd need to let us know ASAP. We've already ordered the computers based on the number of upgrades we knew about.

Alan Candiotti 07-31-2009 10:34 AM

Computer upgrade
 
If you want the upgrade, you should order it by August 2. We have already placed the order for computers and, although we allowed for some variation, the stated deadline for upgrade orders was June 26, and we will have to cut off new orders on Monday so that we have the right numbers of computers of both kinds.

Gregory R. Everitt 07-31-2009 07:55 PM

Where can I find the specifications for this new model?

Rudi A. Jones 08-01-2009 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Laura J. Frese
Is the $350 to upgrade the laptop worth it?


Drew computers are not worth it - they're heavy, CNS never fixes anything, they're too expensive (the ones we got last year were about $1200, the price of a MUCH MORE AMAZING and lightweight, portable MACbook or nice other name brand), and despite what you've probably been told you can get the software you need put on your computer if you buy it yourself.

All in all, the Drew computer is just not worth it.

Joshua M. Putnam 08-03-2009 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rudi A. Jones
Drew computers are not worth it - they're heavy, CNS never fixes anything, they're too expensive (the ones we got last year were about $1200, the price of a MUCH MORE AMAZING and lightweight, portable MACbook or nice other name brand), and despite what you've probably been told you can get the software you need put on your computer if you buy it yourself.

All in all, the Drew computer is just not worth it.


I swear I've done this before :|

Buying the Macbook that meets the specs of the upgraded Drew laptop will cost a wonderful $2,299.00 (although that is with twice as much harddrive space (but buying an external drive is cheap))

EDIT: They're heavy? That's the most absurd thing I've ever heard; I think they weigh less than 6 pounds

At the OP: If you want to be able to play any games made within the last 5 or 6 years, you would want to have the upgraded model, if not......

John D. Muccigrosso 08-05-2009 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gregory R. Everitt
Where can I find the specifications for this new model?

Yes, where are the specs?

Joshua M. Putnam 08-06-2009 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John D. Muccigrosso
Yes, where are the specs?


http://www.drew.edu/cla/enrolled/laptop.aspx

Same as 2008's T-400, except with 4 gb of DDR3 RAM and a T9600 CPU instead of 2 gb and a T9400

Want, do want :(


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