One of the most important aspects of succeeding in college is having a laptop that best fits you. From writing papers, to submitting assignments and conducting your own research, your laptop will be an essential tool in your academic life.

 

WSU Laptops

Photo by Kelsa Katzfey ’21

 

The eWarrior Digital Life and Learning Program equips WSU students with a fully configured and supported laptop computer. You are given the choice between a PC or Mac laptop. Here are five things to consider when deciding on a laptop:

 

1. What is a PC?

A PC is considered to be any computer or laptop made to run with the Windows operating system. These laptops are usually Dell, Sony or HP. The specific PC being offered by WSU this year is the HP Elitebook X360 1030 G2.

 

2. What is a Mac?

A Macintosh, or more commonly known as a Mac, is a laptop made by the brand Apple and runs on an operating system called OS X. The Mac laptop WSU offers to WSU students currently is the MacBook Pro.

 

3. Applications

PC and Mac have their own applications.  For this reason, it’s important to consider the major or minor you’re pursuing at WSU.  Depending on your major/minor, these applications may or may not be necessary. For example, business majors usually need PCs in order to access Windows programs such as Microsoft Access or Publisher.

Mac uses the App Store to access and install the following applications: Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Safari, Mail, Messages, FaceTime, Calendar, Contacts, App Store, iTunes, iBooks, Maps, Photo Booth, Time Machine

PC uses the Microsoft Store to access and install the following applications: MS Office, Internet Explorer, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Defender, SkyDrive, VLC media player, Chrome browser

4. Aesthetic

The design of each computer is done rather well, but for some, the way the computer looks is important. As you can see in the picture above, the Mac is known for its overall sleek design because of its darker color and light-up keyboard. On the other hand, the PC can vary in design, but has a very clean and professional look.

 

5. Features

The PC offered currently at WSU is a laptop that is able to fold in half to become more of a tablet. Along with the tablet feature, the PC is also touchscreen and can be used with a touchscreen pen or your finger.

The Mac does not have the tablet or touchscreen feature but weighs less than the PC and has a light-up keyboard for use in darker settings.

 

While these aspects are important to consider, choosing the right laptop is mostly based on personal preference. Your laptop will be a tool you use throughout everyday life here at WSU so having one that fits you and your academic goals will make your experience as a Warrior even better.

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Natalie Griesch

Natalie is a Mass Communications - Journalism major who will graduate in 2022. She is from Champlin, MN and her hobbies include painting, reading and record shopping.

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