Class of 12's computer is similar except it has Windows Vista, 4gb's of Ram, and Windows Office 2007 so a little nicer
You can bring your own laptop, whatever brand you want however you can not use the internet on it in the hall, the only place internet works is in one of the buildings where theres unprotected internet otherwise you won't be able to use the internet. But laptops are useful for working on papers at the library because the library's laptops go fast.
You can purchase a laptop from the Academy that can be hooked up to the internet but the policy is you can only have one pc hooked up to the USNA internet so you choose, Laptop or Desktop...
My BGO told me that I would be provided with everything, even with underwear. He also mentioned that some plebes may get away with an accessory-- a watch, if lucky-- but other than that, everything gets shipped back home. "Literally".
What you CAN bring to I-Day is a good attitude, a sense of humor, and check your ego at the door! Show up in shape and ready to go and you will quickly gain the respect of your detailers! Just remind Mom and Dad to bring the watch on parents weekend- from there it is just a short few days until you are allowed the "privilage" of knowing what time it is on your own!
A funny story from this Plebe Summer relayed to me from my Mid. One of the members of his squad asked one of the detailers in the first few days when he could have a watch. The detailer replied "why do you need a watch, we will let you know when Plebe Summer is over". I think that about summed it up.
hfoster: There is a single type of computer that is issued to all Plebes. Mids can put in a "chit" to request almost anything, but no, you're not going to get a macbook, unless that is the standard system next year.
So after your plebe year, are you allowed to have your own laptop, video games, mp3 players and the privilege to order whatever you would like to keep in your room (i.e. rocking chairs, amazon books, desk accessories)?