64GB SSD big enough for a college student?

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  1. lixuelai

    lixuelai Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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    Have you talked to your daughter about what she wants?

    If it is not too late I think you should work out a couple notebooks within a price range and have her choose. From your sig it is obvious you like Thinkpads however you probably should give her more choices as she will be the one using it for a few years.

    I would let her consider:
    Lenovo X301,
    Lenovo X200, screen might be a bit small as a main machine.
    MacBook Pro 13, a bit on the heavier side. But definitely popular on campus and priced pretty well with the back to school discount and has great battery life.
    Dell E4300, can be found very cheap, good machine but not great in any area IMO.
    Sony SR, might be pricier.
    etc etc
     
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    Thanks so much for your comment. Finally I heard something that is in line with my daughter's thinking:) She wants 13.3 in screen.

    I just bought a T400 from Lenovo Outlet (that was intended for my daughteer but I am going to use it for other purposes) and it is a great buy. If you do engineering, I would recommend T400, which is powerful/portal both for school and in job. Here is what I paid $742 for. I already got this laptop. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

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    Operating system: Genuine Windows Vista Business
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    Display type: 14.1 WXGA+ TFT, w/ CCFL Backlight, Camera
    System graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with vPro
    Total memory: 3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
    Intel Turbo Memory: 2GB
    Keyboard: Keyboard US English
    Pointing device: UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
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    Mobile Broadband: Integrated Mobile Broadband upgradable
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    Thanks for your input. My daughter likes 13.3 in screen and I am a Thinkpad person. This X301 is going to be my 5th Thinkpad.

    BTW, UIUC is a fine school and my relative is a student there too:)
     
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    How much are you spending on the X301?

    If it is around $1.5k something tells me your daughter would probably prefer a MBP 13 for $1.1k w/ free Ipod Touch or a Dell E4300 for <$900 if you let her pocket the change. Generally girls like Apple more than Lenovo.
     
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    around $1150. you can find a good deal at slickdeals.net.
     
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    64 gig by todays standard seems kinda small to marginally ok for college. you put a good selection of songs in there and whats left of your harddrive after windows will be close to full. you add in the large files accumulated from courses like lecture notes etc and you can be out of memory very soon. then you'd have to leave room for a selection of programs and what have you that also take a lot of space.
     
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    Thanks for the input!

    >>whats left of your harddrive after windows will be close to full

    Could you please let me know how much space is left for a X301 with Vista Business-32 when it comes out of a Lenovo shipping package? (I understand that it may have some bloatware from Lenovo at that moment).

    Thank you!
     
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    in a highly conservative worst case perspective

    windows business will take prob around 15-20 gigs and this value fluctuates over time and course of usage.

    lenovo partitions the drive for their stuff and thats usually 10 gigs but they only use 5ish there. then i think they do another partition for something else.

    Bottom line is with 64 gig space youre looking at 32ish gigs free . This is based on t400 specs. I have not used a x30x

    Its always about how you use it. Something you should know:

    mp3s run at about 3-5mb each, so with 500 songs (not a bad prediction based on my experience) thats close to 2 gigs or more.

    1.5 hour videos people store can be anyway betwen 600mb-1gig each on average. 1/2hr to 45min videos are around 300-500mb. if the user is in the habbit of storing videos youd run out of disk space quick.

    then onto photos. a lot of people have every photo they have taken and more from their friends from over 6 year past or something. Each high quality photo with a digital camera can be upwards of 1mb.

    Then theres always school work which is what it should really be about. That depending on the nature of the courses will depend. But some lecture notes if not converted to pdf format by the prof can be as large as 50mb if theres a lot of pics.

    If you force yourself into the routine of putting things into external disks then that 32 gig left is perfectly fine I'd say for any normal college student.

    I love the look of x30x as much as nyone but I wouldnt say its exactly the most 'practical' if youre gonna require moderate performance. of course practical is relative. You can opt to get the t400s that i hear is quite thin and can prob store normal harddrives that are not only cheaper but have way more harddisk. but then again, i also know how enticing that x301 is. beauty over brains
     
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    Thank you so much for your detailed analysis.

    I would also like to add installation of Microsoft Office 2007 and applications. Must-have, right?

    Thanks!
     
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    yea. i dont know the current specs but i know 2003 office runs at around 300mb. its nothing much. you delete one video and youve got room.

    plus unis and colleges have deals themselves but doesnt always mean theyre cheaper than lenovo offers. however the software like office usually is better than lenovo for sure.
     
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