Do I need to take a Laptop or Netbook to Uni?

The answer to this question is NO! Many people when they come to university feel the need to buy a new laptop. Personally I do not think this is necessary and while there are many advantages to having a laptop, the advantages of having a desktop in many cases can outweigh them.

The main advantage of having a laptop is portability. If you are struggling for car space, or you are unable to drive/get your parents to drop you off at university then perhaps a laptop is a more appropriate investment. If this is the case then take a look at our recommended laptops for students 2011-2012.

It is a myth that people use laptops in lectures, while in theory you could very few people do, and this is one of the major reasons people buy them. The portability of a laptop does mean you can take it onto campus or use it outside, something a desktop cannot do.

Laptop vs Desktop

Apart from the initial physical set up of the desktop, they are far more beneficial for numerous reasons. Firstly they are less likely to go wrong, and if they do replacing components is easier. Secondly they cost much less and you get a better machine for your money. If you spill something on a desktop keyboard its much cheaper to replace than the keyboard on a laptop. Perhaps one of the most important reasons is security. It is much easier for someone to walk into your hall room and steal a laptop and casually walk out with it as if it is their own, stealing a desktop would require a good 10 minutes and people would notice someone walking to and from your room several times.

A desktop is a necessity if you enjoy gaming or do a course that requires a high processing or graphics driven computer.

Finally insurance, a laptop will cost you much more to insure, a desktop will normally be included in your general student insurance quote.


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