[unisog] Laptop-Only Academic Computing Environments

John Kristoff jtk at depaul.edu
Sat Apr 26 05:22:39 GMT 2003

On Fri, Apr 25, 2003 at 01:22:36PM -0700, rossd at cns.me.berkeley.edu wrote:
>   had any pertinent insight on the following issues:

Just some general thoughts...

If multmimedia is important, laptops may be inferior platforms to
a desktop counterpart.

Repairs can be costly.  ...and consider what you'd do to fix
a spilled soda on a desktop keyboard versus a laptop keyboard.

If there is no external keyboard/mouse, working on a laptop for
an extended amount of time, compared to a desktop, can be much
more uncomfortable.

Laptops themselves, but also components (e.g. hard drives, memory)
may suspiciously be more apt to disappear, especially if they are
harder to secure.
Laptops have a built in UPS (battery), which might be very handy
if power problems are of a concern.

Power consumption of laptops is generally more efficient than
the desktop counterpart.

Laptops take up less real estate and can be easily tucked away in
a sliding draw configuration, for flexible classroom configurations.

Moving laptops around and being able to lean back in a chair with
the laptop, in your lap, may be a nice convenience.


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