I actually just got a Lenovo W530 for pretty much the same reason as you, I'm a mechanical engineering student at Case Western. The setup I have is pretty much the exact same as the one you have listed with the exception that I went with the 500 GB 7200 RPM harddrive and the 1920 x 1080 HD screen. I just received the laptop last week but so far I have not complaints, actually spent a few hours today working in solidworks and matlab running through data. The laptop seems very well built and I like it far more than my previous laptop (Dell XPS 1530). So if you've got the money, I'd recommend it. Also, check with your colleges software center, often times they'll have free downloads for microsoft office and other common programs. And make sure you purchase it as a "student" as lenovo will give you some money off. I got mine with a carrying case, bluetooth mouse and cable lock for under $1,600 including taxes and shipping. Your price seems a bit high.
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Last edited by O'Lane; 10-10-2012 at 07:11 PM.