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Old 05-07-2008, 07:41 AM
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Just saw this on the home page and had to give a reply. I was also a transfer student, and can I give you my two cents? That's be don't even bother getting Drew's laptop. I never did, and am VERY happy I didn't. You wouldn't believe some of the horror stories with them. Personally I got a Dell instead and have had *knock on wood* no problems with it, I have more advanced features, the same warranty, and it was actually a lot cheaper.

I too will give my two cents about transferring in and getting the Drew computer. Do it. I did in when I transferred in for Jan '04 -- I still use my Thinkpad everyday, plus as I was a commuter it was carried on my shoulder for the 3 years I was a student. And now I still use it everyday and bring to work (still at Drew). Laptops I had before this did not hold up as well over the long term.

And this is the problem with individual anecdotal evidence. For every horror story you can find, you can also find a wonderful success story -- although Kelly has no actuall experience with the Drew Laptop, so her evidence is a little hearsay.

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Old 05-07-2008, 09:21 AM
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I too will give my two cents about transferring in and getting the Drew computer. Do it. I did in when I transferred in for Jan '04 -- I still use my Thinkpad everyday, plus as I was a commuter it was carried on my shoulder for the 3 years I was a student. And now I still use it everyday and bring to work (still at Drew). Laptops I had before this did not hold up as well over the long term.

And this is the problem with individual anecdotal evidence. For every horror story you can find, you can also find a wonderful success story -- although Kelly has no actuall experience with the Drew Laptop, so her evidence is a little hearsay.

Drew is dealing with a pretty good company, and the thinkpads are usually a very solid product. I usually have a hard time finding someone that is not happy with their thinkpad, and when they are unhappy, it is because they aren't that great with computers to begin with.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:57 AM
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Drew is dealing with a pretty good company, and the thinkpads are usually a very solid product. I usually have a hard time finding someone that is not happy with their thinkpad, and when they are unhappy, it is because they aren't that great with computers to begin with.

That's a very interesting observation. Taking that idea and running with it: I'm going to guess that for that subset of users it doesn't matter what computer they have, it's always going to just be a bad computer.

In addition to that I wonder how many people have raging virus and spyware infections that cause computers to run slowly and crash, yet they never seek out help to solve the issue -- because it's easier to say, "this computer sucks" than to fix the issue at hand.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:14 AM
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It is indeed 1 DIMM with one slot open. We wanted to entertain the possibility of going to 4GB or more (I believe the computers will take up to 8GB once 4GB DIMMs are available for it). One could anticipate our eventual support of 64 bit OSes (Vista or the next version of Windows) once the software and drivers are fully fleshed out, and we have the demand to create a new image for it.


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The brochure has the specs that we can release (the standard notebook is a model that Lenovo will not be announcing formally until next month). The machines come with 2GB of RAM standard (I believe one 2GB module in one slot, with the other slot open. Mike will correct me if that's wrong.)

You can add memory to the machine yourself, either by orderng from the Lenovo site or from wherever you prefer to get memory. You can also order accessories from the Lenovo site. What you can't do though is order options like memory to be pre-installed. Drew places a bulk order of several hundred identical machines pre-loaded with our image.

The standard OS will be Vista Enterprise 32-bit (still too many driver and software compatibility issues with Vista 64). Downgrade rights to WinXP is an option and we currently intend to have our standard XP image available for this model as well. Given the OS, there is no value in putting more than 3GB in the machine.
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