Well, I was going to try to use my old laptop for my first year of med school, but recently found out that it doesn't meet the school's minimum requirements. The school has some program with IBM (or Lenovo, or whatever you want to call it) that gives all students T43s during the first week of class. Thinkpads for all students? KICKASS, right?! Wrong. We have to pay for them; they are one of the numerous "hidden" fees in the budget. However, they do give you the option of bringing your own laptop if it meets the following requirements: Pentium M 1.70 GHz 512 MB RAM 40 GB HDD 802.11 a/b/g XP Pro The school says that the "Web price" for the T43 that is provided is $2,279, and that if we get it from the school, we get it for $1,367. It has the following specs: 14.1" XGA Pentium M 750 (1.86 GHz) 512 MB RAM 40 GB HDD CD-RW/DVD-ROM Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (a.k.a. shitty integrated video card) 802.11 a/b/g Gigabit ethernet XP Pro, Office 2003 Pro, Visual Studio .NET Pro 3 year warranty I don't know where the hell they're getting that $2,279 "Web price" from, but a similarly configured T43 from the IBM/Lenovo website is only a couple of hundred dollars more. So, my question is - should I settle for the bundle that they give me for ~$1,400 or use that money to get a laptop on my own that meets those requirements? If so, what do you all recommend? I know that Thinkpads are the holy grail of laptops, but are there others that are comparable but cheaper? Those Dell $750 off coupons look pretty nice right about now... My old laptop was a Dell Inspiron, and, despite the hate that many people have for Dells, it hasn't been too shitty over the past 4 years. It still works great since I upgraded the RAM and video card on it a few years ago. The HDD failed once (surprise, surprise), but they had a new one to me within two days of calling them. Thanks in advance for any help.