Thoughts on laptopsWatch
I think that having a laptop was pretty close to essential for my time at college.
The ability to work anywhere - the library, dining hall, dorms, classrooms and so on - was invaluable, especially when I didn't feel like going to a school computer lab.
And the thing is, you don't have to spend all that much on one. MS Word, an e-mail app and a browser will account for the vast majority of your computer time. A laptop that runs these efficiently can be had for a small outlay. Ebay is your friend! I got one (that did me for all but my last semester) for $400 - about 220 ukp give or take.
What sort of spec is best. HD size, memory etc?
Now, those are kinda laughable specs by today's standards, but I chose it because it was cheap. As someone who had worked for a decade, I was in the fortunate position of being able to afford any computer I wanted, but since college computing demands are so light, why spend a fortune? I upgraded to a 20 GB HD cheaply, but never came close to filling it.
I would say, if you intend to run XP then a 10GB HD and 512 RAM system would work, but W2K would do just as well and would probably have lower requirements. Mine was a Mac, but the power/price argument is just the same.
I don't know whether I'm crap or talented but I got all the blame for killing the computer last summer. Apparantly I made the operating system dissapear but to this day I still don't know how, nor do the terrible technicians
On topic, I now have a laptop, and think it is a great idea for a university student! The main reason I bought it was for university work, but I used it as a desktop when I need to, because it is so powerful compared to my old desktop computer. I think a laptop is a necessity for the uni-recluses out there
Windows based because most/all uni's have a windows OS anyway. Get a laptop with 40GB and above.
You're talking Celeron 2.6ghz, 256MB RAM, 60GB hard disk and windows XP. Absolutely perfect for watching DVDs, doing a bit of work and possibly even playing some games (not really your latest FPS games, but champ man etc. Also consider that when buying second hand, you're generally up a proverbial creek without a paddle if something goes wrong. At least you'll get the manafacturer's warranty and your usual statutory rights when buying new from a retailer.
Do u think a laptop is worth the money and is helpful or can i live without one?
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Nearly all members of staff use either the intranet or the virtual learning environment (we use Blackboard at Teesside) so a significant volume of material is on-line.
The choice of whether to buy a laptop really depends on how you like to work - some people like to take notes and then write them up as this can reinforce the material. A few students take lap tops into classes but it is very much the minority. Personally I prefer taking notes rather than using a laptop but that is the way I've always worked - I find I can concentrate on what is being said and make annotations and drawings quicker and easier.
Please do get back to me if you have any other queries.
I've decided not to take a laptop seeing as im brining my desktop
Thanks for the advice.What degree are you going to do?
As for the networks..it doesnt really matter what laptop u have, as they are normally compatible withthem all..
(i personally i prefer mac laptops.. i didnt fancy them before because they dont run pc programs etc..bt a friend of mine got windows xp on his laptop through Virtual PC..)