Laptop

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A laptop (also notebook) is a personal computer designed for mobile use. It includes most of the features of a desktop computer (i.e. screen, keyboard, mouse or track pad, etc) in one small lightweight unit. It is convenient enough to be used on one's lap, hence the name Laptop.

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Choosing a Laptop for College

Most students will buy laptops for college instead of desktops because they are smaller and more convenient for mobile use.

Choosing Between a Mac or a PC

At Gustavus, almost every student has his or her own personal computer. Among the first-year class of 2008-2009 school year, approximately 495 students owned a Windows computer, and 225 students owned a Macintosh computer. However, the choice of purchasing a Windows or a Mac is entirely up to the student. Both Windows and Macintosh are fully supported at Gustavus, and each has its own advantages.

Macintosh

Macintosh computers are supported by Gustavus, and GTS should be able to handle any problems one might encounter with a Mac. Though a Mac will be more expensive than a Windows, they are more virus protected, and are designed for certain types of professional use, such as graphic art and visual editing. Macintosh computers are equally compatible as Windows are on the Gustavus Campus, and do not require any anti-virus software.

Variations of Macintosh Laptops
  • Macbook Pro
  • Macbook Pro with Retina Display
  • Macbook Air

Windows

Windows computers are also supported by Gustavus, and any problems one may encounter with a Windows machine, GTS should be able to fix. Many students find it convenient to buy a Windows computer because they are affordable, and have the right amount of processing power to handle any project or assignment handed out by the college. Another advantage is that almost every type of computer game is written for a Windows machine.

Unfortunately, Windows computers are susceptible to viruses. Therefore, students are given an anti-virus software issued by Gustavus. Computers without anti-virus software, or have a different type of anti-virus software not issued by Gustavus will not be able to access the Gustavus Server. For this reason, students should not purchase their own anti-virus software. The Gustavus anti-virus is available for download at greg.gac.edu/download

Variations of Windows laptops (manufacturers)
  • Compac
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Thinkpad
  • Toshiba