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IS Security Student: Lenovo Thinkpad E420/L420 vs Dell Vostro 3450

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The search for a notebook continues, I'm on-the-fence between the following laptops.
  • Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E420
  • Lenovo Thinkpad L420
  • Dell Vostro 3450

After long-hours of cross-referencing what other manufacturers had to offer I've narrowed my selection down to these three. A summary will be available at the bottom of the window.

Currently, I'm leaning towards the Lenovo Thinkpad L420 for it's aesthetics, and rugged durability. The drawback is that it only comes pre-configured with 2GB of RAM. I could easily drop in another DIMM for a penny's fare but that's raising the price-point further above my desired maximum ($500, currently at $529).

An alternative to the shortage of RAM is going with the cheapest option, the E420. However, I'm not sure if it's business-material. I'm open to suggestions, and will be purchasing the notebook within the next 11 hours. (posted @12:42pm)

What is your maximum budget?

What country are you in?
Ontario, Canada.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Studying 1st year App. Bachelor of IS Security will be used for labs and note-taking, Cisco packet tracer, playback of 720p video, web-browsing, mad science experiments.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Lenovo or Dell preferably.

What screen size do you require?
Under 15.4".

What screen resolution do you require?
1366x768 or higher.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New, or a refurbished laptop.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6+ hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
World of Goo, Angry Birds settings are not important.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
None required. Will be dual booting Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Black is preferable, but not a deal-breaker.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Very little. 250GB is sufficient.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Wireless card capable of packet sniffing/injection, Video-out

Is there anything else we need to know?
Durability is heavily desirable - furthermore, expandability. I'm looking for a business style laptop, that doesn't break the budget.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 - 1 Yr Depot Warranty
Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.10GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
14.0" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Anti-Glare, Midnight Black
Intel HD Graphics
4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2DIMM)
320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
DVD recordable
6 cell 2.2Ah Li-Ion battery
Thinkpad 1x1 b/g/n
No Wireless WAN support

excl. Tax
Lenovo ThinkPad L420
Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.10GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
14.0" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Anti-Glare
Intel HD Graphics 3000
2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 (1 DIMM)
250GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
DVD recordable
9 cell 2.8Ah Li-Ion battery
Thinkpad 1x1 b/g/n
No Wireless WAN support

excl. Tax
Dell Vostro 3450
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2nd generation Intel i3-2310M processor 2.10GHz
2GB Single Channel DDR3 @ 1333MHz, 1 DIMM
Intel HD 3000 graphics
Fingerprint reader
14" HD LED display (1366x768) w/anti-glare
Integrated webcam/microphone
Intel WiFi 1030 802.11 b/g/n/BT3.0 Combo
Silver in colour
6-cell li-ion battery

excl. tax
Links to manufacturer's website & overview
Lenovo Thinkpad L420
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E420
Dell Vostro 3450

Thank you in advance!

Tyler J. Fisher
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I would go with the think pad. I can attest to the ruggedness of the thinkpads. I have a thinkpad X200 tablet, and i have flat out dropped it on hard flooring and it is just fine. The screen is solid, and it looks brand new.

I wouldn't really worry about the 2gb of ram thing, I have 2gb of ram in my x200 running windows7 and I never have a problem with it, even when running some slight games like killing floor and garrys mod.
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