The Best Laptops for Lawyers

I said recently that most people spend way too much time worrying about which computer to buy. So I’ve made it easier. Here are my best laptop picks. There are four, total, two thin-and-light laptops, the Lenovo X1 Carbon and 13″ MacBook Air, and two power laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad T430s and the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro.

You can do the research yourself, but you are probably going to end up with these laptops at the top of your list, anyway.

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  • Jordan Rushie

    I spent the money on a souped up Macbook Pro, with 16 GB of RAM.

    Glad I did. It’s the best laptop ever. Once you go Mac, you never go back.

    • Sam Glover

      Yeah, my ThinkPad isn’t getting much love since I bought a Mac Mini. It’s not that I have no use for a laptop, I’ve just adapted to OS X now, and it’s not super comfortable to keep switching back and forth.

      • Jordan Rushie

        Yeah, that became a problem for me. I had an iMac at the office and a Toshiba Windows 7 machine at home, and it was driving me nuts going back and forth. Now my home and our office is completely Mac.

        Once you’ve gotten used to OSX, everything else sucks. “Where is the cascade button? What do you mean PCs do’t have those?!?!”

        • Sam Glover

          What is this “cascade button” you speak of?

  • Awovi K.

    I know this question might sounds weird but will a Lenovo be good for a student? I like the Lenovo X1 Carbon..but everyone around me seems to find that weird. I a law graduate. Not a lawyer yet. No business to run yet, only my blog and articles. Mac pro or Lenovo?

    • Sam Glover

      Decide which kind of system you want to use, and then get the laptop that goes with it. If you like Windows, you can’t beat a ThinkPad.

  • Kevin OKeefe

    May sound nuts, but I haven’t turned my computer, mac air 13″, on since last week. My last trip out for a week I didn’t bring my laptop. I am doing all my work on an iPad with Mac wireless keyboard set in case that holds iPad. My iPad also has apps far superior to my laptop.

    I appreciate going with an ipad as your main machine may not cut it for most people, but it works for me.

    • Sam Glover

      I don’t turn my laptop on very often, either. In my office, I use a desktop. Anywhere else, I use my iPhone. If I’m going somewhere to write, I usually just bring my iPad (wireless keyboard optional — I like typing on the screen just fine).

    • Jordan Rushie

      I use my iPad for travel. Perfect for sitting in court.

      Not so great for heavy PDF editing, and it’s got computability issues with PACER if you do federal court litigation.

      I went with a laptop as my main computer to make it easier to work from home if I want to.

  • Paul Burton

    Good list of options. I just switched from a MacBook Pro (2 years old) to the MacBook Air. I also use an iPad and an iPad mini for other work.

    Having shown my colors, I need to add one more option to your list – the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro. I just played with the Surface RT for the first time last night at a pop-up Microsoft store and I was very, very impressed. My interest was sparked by a series of blog posts made by a Forbes writer who was similarly impressed.

    Without going into the whole analysis, it appears Microsoft – in Windows 8 and the Surface/Phone set combo – may have finally returned to the fray. The Surface Pro is a true laptop substitute and appears to operate as well as any tablet. Yes, the appsphere is a little quiet right now for Windows 8, but the iPad-specific list was very short just three years ago.

    I’ll be getting one for my seminar/training trips. Best of all worlds for working on the move, plus demonstrating QuietSpacing using a fully operational version of Outlook from onstage.

    Something to consider…