1. Either a CDRW or DVDRW drive. Somehow a person must save their work off the machine. Backup...
2. A warranty. At a local school here, they get an astounding 4 year warranty (excludes abuse, etc.) Given laptops are not bricklike in nature, a warranty for as long as the machine is needed is a good idea.
Here are a few of the things the college requires for freshmen but they didn't list any brands. I don't know how to search on the board to get one with these items. The first Think Pad I looked at was a 40 not 50. Hope someone has the time to help me. Marge
IBM Think Pad R50
1.6 ghz centerian processor
15" active Maytrix Screen
40 gb hard drive