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-Famous for being reliable/well-built
-Good specs for the cost
-T400 model seems to be best
-Better specs than Thinkpad for the cost
-Is this known to be as durable as ThinkPad?
-Costs a lot more than the other 2
-Tons of great consumer testimonials (aka crazed fanboys O_O)
-Looks better than ThinkPad
So, what do you all think? Thinkpad, Ideapad, or Macbook?
*Cost isn't a prohibitive issue (I can afford any of the three easily) but of course I don't want to throw money out the window
*I've been a Windows user all my life, never tried OS X
*I'm majoring in biology or chemistry, or some related science field
*This laptop should last all throughout college and hopefully into gradschool as well
*I'm not too much of a major torrent-junkie or "computer crack"-er. I know my way around a computer decently but I'm definitely not a junkie.
Battery life is definitely an issue. I'm going to a large school so the chances that I'll get an outlet during a lecture or whatever is not very high. Basically means I need my laptop to not run out of battery from the time I go to class to the time I get back to charge it.
Weight is also an issue but all three models seem light enough (3-5 pounds).
As far as stuff I'll be doing on it is concerned, it will be mostly music/video/word processing/internet browsing. Might be a bit of gaming on the side, but nothing insanely graphics intensive -- Warcraft III, CS 1.6, TF2, shrug.