Laptop Buying Tips

Following these tips can be the deciding factor between a slight frustration and a major upset as a new laptop user.

The Big Choice of Weight vs. Everything Else

As a student, the weight of a laptop is important. With academic demands dictating that you carry a laptop most times while on campus, you'll find yourself leaning toward lesser weight for mobility.

Type of Laptop

Weight

Battery Life

Display

Ultrabooks

2-4 lbs

5+ hours

Typically 14" or lower

Mainstream Laptops

5 lbs

up to 4.5 hours

Typically 14" or higher

Desktop Replacement Laptops

7 lbs

7+ hours

Typically 15" or higher

 

Warranty

A good warranty is critical, so don't skimp. It is recommended to obtain a computer warranty for the duration of your Business School program, typically 2 years.

Operating System

Minimum Requirements

Recommended Plan

Windows

2 Year Standard Support

3 Year Next Business Day, On-site Enhanced Support

Apple

2 Year AppleCare Protection Plan

3 Year AppleCare Protection Plan

 

Wireless Networking

802.11n is the industry standard. Do not purchase a laptop that doesn't have this wireless network card built-in. In addition, as you consider a new laptop, you should take into consideration the below information on our wireless infrastructure.

The makers of our wireless access points has issued a list of interoperable wireless devices and their chipset/driver version combinations that have been confirmed by their quality assurance team to work with their wireless access points.

 

Wired Networking

You will need a USB-to-Ethernet adapter in order to use a wired network connection on your Ultra-light PC, Netbook, or newer Macbooks. All Business School classrooms in Uris Hall and Warren Hall are equipped with ethernet ports at the desks for a solid internet connection.

 

Brand Matters

Just take a look at these latest numbers from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Statistic: PC shipments in the United States from 1st quarter 2010 to 1st quarter 2016, by vendor (in million units) | StatistaClick to see full data

Statistic: Global PC shipments from 1st quarter 2009 to 1st quarter 2016, by vendor (in million units)* | StatistaClick to see full data