Can anyone advise on what computer to get and if there are any applications/software that the school suggests? Also, I heard that wireless connection is spotty in some RCs. We were thinking about the Macbook Pro. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
I just wanted to add that the tech support at Yale is excellent. D has a Dell laptop, and has had a few problems with it. We got the 4-year warranty, which has more than paid for itself: she's had the screen and keyboard replaced, and a number of minor issues resolved, all free of charge. For the minor problems, a tech support person came to her room to fix them!
My D has a MacBook Pro and loves it. She's in Davenport and has had no connection problems that I've heard of (not so for cell phone reception ). For software she uses MS Office for Mac (Word, Excell & PowerPoint), it's less than $100 for academic purchase.
Thanks so much for your help, Entomom & Eating Food! We were leaning toward the MacBook Pro, but he's never had a mac before. Entomom: what do you mean by "academic purchase?" (Sorry if this is a stupid question).
Not a stupid question at all! Students and faculty can purchase software at reduced rates at just about any college vendor. They just have to show their university ID or other proof of enrollment. Here's the info for Y:
This was the first Mac for our family too. My D (who's pretty middle-of-the-road as far as understanding computers) says she'll never go back to a PC again. I just bought us an iMac for home, and I agree .
Yes, when you get the rooming assignments over the summer you get a list of all rooming assignments in your college. From that you can determine who is in your entryway, suite, and bedroom.
So yes, you get your rooming assignment in addition to your roommate and suitemate assignment. Furniture is very standard. The common room is unfurnished. The bedrooms you get a bed, a desk, a chair, a dresser and some type of closet/wardrobe.
back to computer questions: do any students use desktops or are they all on laptops? my son has a macbook, but the screen is small (in my opinion) and much more fatiguing on the eyes than the large flatscreen we have on our desktop. i'd like to send him with both options so he could use the laptop to take notes in class, library, etc.