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Laptop for Medical School

by sagemedecon / July 27, 2007 11:48 AM PDT

I'm trying to figure out what the best laptop will be to have throughout my next four years in medical school. I definitely want a PC and I think ideally I'd like to stay under $1500 (but if people think I need higher specs that is flexible). My medical school recommends the following specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GHz
Windows Vista
Ethernet and Wireless
1280x1040 screen resolution

I would like the laptop to hold up for 4 years and be light as I will be bringing it to class - I think the ideal screen size is 14" but a 15" would surfice - nothing bigger. Battery life is important to me.

I don't know anything about what is the best brand laptop or much about the internal specs.

I would like to buy the laptop from Costco.

I was thinking about the Dell Inspiron 1420 with is currently selling for $1,399.99.

It has:
Jet Black Inspiron 1420


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by sagemedecon / July 29, 2007 7:34 AM PDT

Anybody have any advice I could really use some help. I'm a totally tech clueless future MD.


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(NT) No make and model so I'd not buy them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2007 8:13 AM PDT
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Go for It
by wbmark / July 29, 2007 1:00 PM PDT

. I have been looking hard this last week. I was looking at that myself- in googling some of its specs, I came across your request.

First I do not know where your school came up with these recommendations but from every thing I hear is Windows Vista requires 2 GB and not 1 GB RAM to run smooth.

From what I see you do not want to wait for your computer (especially with virus, spyware and other protections running) go for that model ? it has some of the best all-around specs that I have seen. The sale goes off soon. I do not think it over kill especially for not trying to go obsolete for a 4 yr period. I do not know about battery life the 9 cell should give you some extra but some extra but some of the other items HD high speed might take away. Call and ask Dell hours on that battery. A spare battery (more money) in your computer case is always good insurance.

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Must buy convertible notebook
by tumornecrosisfactoralpha / August 1, 2007 5:11 PM PDT


Take it from someone who just finished his first year of med would do yourself a big favor by buying a convertible notebook (like a tablet). I don't know what I would have done without one. You will use them for almost every class (esp. anatomy and histology). You will be able to circle important points on particular lecture slides and note structures directly on powerpoints and just save the powerpoint at the end of lecture. I got a Gateway M-285E (i think that's the right model). It's great and has the tablet pen that just tucks away under the keyboard. Dude, seriously...get a tablet or you'll be wasting a lot of time trying to type a bunch of stuff while the professors are just running through material (it is super fast paced). Good luck!

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