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inkless @ 04:36 pm: Laptops
Hey guys, just wondering what you think of the laptops GCC gives freshmen, specifically those of you who have had them in recent years.

I read the specs on the 2005 freshman laptops, and the only thing that concerned me was the 12.1" size...how did that work for you?

Do you think I should bring my own laptop or are the GCC ones acceptable?

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From:charmling
Date:March 27th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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I've got a freshman computer, and it's worked fine for me and the abuse I put it through. If you've already got a computer, it wouldn't hurt to bring it though, I know a lot of people that have a desktop and their GCC-issued laptop, or two laptops. ^_^
From:dtziebrunette
Date:March 27th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I love my laptop. I don't think the screen width is too small (but, who knows, you might get a different model) and I've had no problems with it. The only thing I dislike about them is the external CD drive but I don't really use it except to watch movies.

Like charmling said, you can bring your own laptop (you seen different one floating around once in a while). Just remember, since your tuition is paying for the laptop GCC provides, the help desk at the college only fixes problems for those since they're under warranty (so if you break a non-issued GCC laptop/desktop, they can't help you). A friend of mine brought his desktop and hasn't had any trouble, so it just a risk you take (I plan on bringing my desktop to school next year, as well).

Hope that helped :-)
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From:julieflutechick
Date:March 27th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I have a sophomore computer, which is even smaller than the freshman ones and the only thing that drives me crazy about the screen size is watching movies. The GCC laptops aren't great, but acceptable? yeah.

And they get nicer (or at least newer) every year... just keep your eyes open for when they announce what they're getting for you.
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From:shy_horse_smile
Date:April 1st, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Grove City lap tops are great and come preloaded with more cool software then you will probably ever use. They are small and lighter than some laptops which makes them very portable to classes and in combination with books. I currently have a sophomore tablet which i like a lot. Also, considering they come as part of the package, you are getting an awesome deal. When i looked up the price of my computer model online it was something like $2000 not to mention the expensive software and assorted accessories included. Compared to the average Dell lappy which is around $1200 (accessories and software included) the computers we get are really expensive. So if you are worried about it being a low end compy...don't. GCC really tries to get us the most up-to-date technology; i hadn't even seen extensive advertising for tablet pcs until this year and i got my tablet two years ago! They really want us to have the best at a low price.

The only major problem that seems to crop up with GCC-issued laptops is hard drive failure but that is more because of the brand (HP which is known for not testing their hard drives) and the environment they are used in (constant movement is not really good for hard drives but moving from class to class can't really be helped).

In regard to your questions, my display is even smaller and it hasn't been a problem (except watching movies but you'll probably watch most movies on a tv in your room or a friends room). The 12.1" seems to be a pretty standard notebook size...you wouldn't want it any bigger for taking notes in classes.
Also if you already have a laptop, i would bring it along but mostly just as a backup for your data considering the previously mentioned hard drive problem or if you have really cool games on it. If you were thinking about going out and buying a new one for college, i wouldn't recommend it. It's just extra cost when they give you a laptop. A couple of accessories i would highly recommend is a mouse (the built in devices tend to be a pain when using lots of mouse commands) and a couple of sticks of USB flash memory for the backup and transporting of data (a GB or 2 should suffice).
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From:inkless
Date:April 2nd, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Wow, thanks! I will keep the mouse and extra memory in mind.

I've also heard the laptops crash because they get loaded with tons of music...haha. ;-)
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