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I will be purchasing a laptop for college in the fall, I want a thinkpad but I can't decide on which, I will be purchasing through Lenovo's student store so certain options are cheaper, the two options right now are a T420 and an X1. Here are the configurations I am considering:

T420:
ThinkPad T420 - 1 Yr Depot Topseller Warranty
Processor:Intel Core i5-2410M Processor (2.30GHz, 3MB L3)
Operating system:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Operating system language:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 US English
Display type:14.0 HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
System graphics:Intel HD Graphics 3000
Total memory:4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
Keyboard:Keyboard US English
Hard drive:320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Optical device:DVD recordable multiburner
System expansion slots:Express Card Slot & 4 in 1 Card Reader
Battery:6 cell Li-Ion Battery - 55+
Power cord:Country Pack North America with Line cord & 65W AC adapter
PCI adapter:IEEE 1394a port
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters:ThinkPad b/g/n
Integrated mobile broadband:Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
Language pack:Language Pack US English

Total: $764, though I will wait for a good back to school deal.

X1:
Description
ThinkPad X1 - 1 Yr Depot Topseller Warranty
Processor:Intel Core i5-2520M Processor (2.5GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Operating system:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Operating system language:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 English
Display type:13.3" Premium HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display
Total memory:4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
Keyboard:Backlit Keyboard US English
Pointing device:TrackPoint with Fingerprint Reader and Clickpad
Hard drive:320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Power cord:Country Pack North America with Line cord & 90W AC adapter
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters:Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
Integrated mobile broadband:Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
Language pack:Language Pack US English

Total: $1173, though once again I will wait for a good deal.
post #2 of 21
Are you eligible for student discount? If so, use that and the code 'DEALIGG10' on the X1. It's a great laptop!
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Are you eligible for student discount? If so, use that and the code 'DEALIGG10' on the X1. It's a great laptop!
It says that the coupon code is invalid in current shopping cart
post #4 of 21
1) Do you have student discount?
2) Try 'USX5TWX0519'
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post #5 of 21
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1) Do you have student discount?
2) Try 'USX5TWX0519'
I am shopping through the lenovo student store, the products are cheaper than the standard lenovo store so I am assuming it is automatically applying the student discount.

edit: the second code didn't work either.
Edited by the.FBI - 5/24/11 at 7:42pm
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Yes, the student store auto-applies student discount. Weird, both codes work for me :/
Try USPTHINK520 / ECOUPONS10 / USPRETHINK
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post #7 of 21
I would go for the X1 in a heartbeat. That is one fine notebook. Though what are the certain things you are looking for? Light-weight? Longer battery-life? Processing power? More professional look? Biometric security measures? What are your specific needs in the computer?
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I would go for the X1 in a heartbeat. That is one fine notebook. Though what are the certain things you are looking for? Light-weight? Longer battery-life? Processing power? More professional look? Biometric security measures? What are your specific needs in the computer?
It will be my laptop for college for the next 4, or if I'm unlucky 5, years. I need it to be able to do everything short of gaming and CAD/video editing work for that time frame. I will most likely carry it around with me everyday in a messenger bag so anything over 5 lbs would become cumbersome.

edit: Please note that I will be paying for this laptop out of my own pocket, I currently have about $420 and will be working 20 hours a week for $9 an hour for this summer and for the fall. I should be able to afford either laptop but if there is no noticeable gain by purchasing the more expensive one I could use the extra cash on something else.

edit 2:
Quote:
Originally Posted by csm725 View Post
Yes, the student store auto-applies student discount. Weird, both codes work for me :/
Try USPTHINK520 / ECOUPONS10 / USPRETHINK
none of those coupons worked for me, did you get the coupons to work with this specific laptop? If so what college store are you purchasing from, I'm using the University of Colorado one.
Edited by the.FBI - 5/24/11 at 8:05pm
post #9 of 21
My minor hangups with each model (trivial, really):

The T420(i) makes it sound like a pot-loving Terminator model

The X1 has one hell of a strange resolution
    
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by The Mad Mule View Post
My minor hangups with each model (trivial, really):

The T420(i) makes it sound like a pot-loving Terminator model

The X1 has one hell of a strange resolution
1366x768 is actually the standard laptop resolution now, its the base for the T420 but for $45 it can be upgraded to 1600x900.
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