Re: I'm getting a laptop college.
The difference in battery life is negligible. Barefeats.com did a comparison not long ago. Go for the 7200 rpm drive.
Basically, battery life changes by 5-10 minutes, but boot time, applications opening and read/write are all greatly improved.
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