Computers At GAC

Posted on April 2nd, 2008 by

Buying a computer is an important consideration for many potential college students. It has been several years since I purchased my laptop, and I have a few thoughts on what makes a fine college computer.

The first question, of course, is desktop or laptop? There is no doubt that desktops give you the most bang for your buck. You can buy a cheaper and more powerful computer if a desktop is chosen. However, you sacrifice portability and desk space. Desk space is more important than you may think, especially as an incoming student living in the dorms. Gustavus does have computer labs all over campus, so even if you have a desktop, personal computing can be done in places besidesThe Toboggan your room.

Laptops are generally a bit more expensive, but are easy to bring from one place to another. I chose to purchase a Dell Laptop, which has worked pretty well thus far. The computer I bought is large, weighing around 10 pounds with a 17 inch screen. It has affectionately been called, The Toboggan (picture engulfing a smaller computer) . If I was to buy a computer today, I would look for something much smaller. I think a 15.4 inch screen is a good size. I also would look for a computer with long battery life. After all, one of the benefits of laptop computers is that they can be used away from an outlet. 4-6 hours would be an appropriate life for a college laptop battery.

There are many great computer choices out there, and before buying, I encourage all potential Gusties to really think about what needs they would like their computer to fill. It is also important to mention that the Gustavus computer labs make it possible for a Gustie not to need a personal computer at all.


One Comment

  1. Adam says:

    I say get a Desktop unless you actually need that mobility. Many people get laptops and use them around their house but that can be less fun than it sounds. Slower and your just as uncomfortable as if you were in your computer chair. Maybe you can watch TV at the same time though. I suggest if you buy a laptop by the smaller and lighter ones, my 15 inch laptop pretty much has to be put on a desk of some sort making pretty much a desktop computer cause it’s not very mobile. Get a smaller laptop so that it is very mobile and it will also use less power giving you longer battery use.