College Computers: Desktop vs. Notebook
Once a decision has been made to buy a new college computer, the next common question is whether it should be a notebook (also called a laptop) or a desktop style computer. (The "desktop" category includes true horizontal desktop models as well as mini-tower and tower models that can stand vertically on the floor or desktop.)
As with many aspects of the college process, there is no "right" answer to the desktop vs. notebook debate. Each comes with significant advantages and disadvantages, and which is better will depend on the needs and preferences of the student.
Notebook Computer for College - Advantages
- Easy to transport to and from school.
Notebook Computer for College - Disadvantages
- Much more easily stolen, particularly if carried around campus.
Desktop Computer for College - Advantages
- Best value: typically, more speed, memory, and storage for a lower price.
Desktop Computer for College - Disadvantages
- Space-consuming and awkward to move to and from school.
Part of this decision process involves the way people use their computers on the specific campus the student will attend. This would be a great topic to ask about during campus visits, prospective student days, and early orientation. Also, present students can be queried by e-mail for more input. If most students have notebooks and there is a great deal of collaboration required, a portable computer might be essential. In most campus environments, though, a desktop is the more common choice.