Computers for College
Discounts Given to All College Students
When it’s time to start packing for school, (Mom Stop Crying its ok ) the question of a computer for school almost always comes up. Once it does the questions continue with, specifications, features, memory, hard drive, software, speed etc.
We have had a lot of customers tell us they want to send the old house computer to school and they will buy a new one for the house (IT Services St. Louis) we do not think this is a good idea, we have seen many home computers go to college only to come back home because they could not fulfill the college computer requirements.
Does My Child Need Their Own Computer?
Although most colleges have “community computer clusters” available around campus, When it’s necessary to work until 4 AM finishing a paper and the student has to go across campus in the rain to find a “community computer” (Mom, do you want your child roaming the campus at 3 AM looking for a free computer?) During peak usage times, computer clusters may be crowded, causing delays and sometimes even inability to complete assignments. So in our opinion every college student needs their own computer. A computer purchased freshman year will probably last all four years and will be a minimal expense compared to the rest of the cost of the college education.
Check the College’s Literature or Web Site
The first thing to do is familiarize yourself with the school’s computer policy. Some schools are starting to furnish a notebook or require that a specific model be purchased. They even include it in the tuition (Mom and Dad you are paying a lot for that notebook) and in most cases your child does not get to keep it – they have to turn it back in after a set amount of time or you can buy it again at market price and have a two or so year old computer. See if you can purchase your own laptop that meets the schools requirements. Some school make all incoming students take only the schools laptop.
More commonly colleges provide a general set of minimum requirements for student-owned computers. In most cases, these are recommendations rather than strict requirements; usually, they aren’t particularly demanding and leave quite a bit of latitude for a range of brands, processor speeds, etc. Sticking to the guidelines, may make getting help from the school’s computer help desk easier.
Network Cards. Most colleges have a network and to connect you need to have a built-in network interface card (NIC). Pay close attention to the school’s recommendations here. When the student arrives at college, the first thing he or she will do after setting up the computer is attempt to connect to the school’s network.
Find out what kind of network connection is available?
Weather the student will be staying in the dorm, or if staying off campus. This information should be readily available from the school’s web site or Housing Office. .
What About Wireless?
Some campuses today are installing wireless networks that let students move around the library, their dorm, or even outside, and still remain connected to the network. Most commonly these wireless networks are intended to support mobile users of laptop computers, many schools are using going wireless to avoid costly and disruptive wiring of older buildings.
Ok that’s a lot to think about. But don’t worry, we are here to help, send us an email advising us what school your child is going to be attending and Mountain Wolf Concepts will find out the all the specifications for you and provide you a quote on the best notebook to meet the schools requirements. There is no charge for this service.