Desktop or Laptop? Without a doubt, most students will choose laptop. You may need to think about what computer capabilities you will need to get the job done. Do you need special programs? Be sure your computer needs meet the appropriateness of your choice of studies. How much memory is important to you? Does your school require a laptop? Will you need a docking station in your dorm room? What size monitor do you need?
Printers may be something you will want to invest in for homework, term papers, finals, and online data. What about a multi-purpose printers that scan, fax, email as well as make copies? Remember to think about ink and toner cartridge replacements, and paper.
Ipads, netbooks, or mini notebooks come in all ranges and colors. They are light, easy to pack and carry. Most of them weigh approximately 2.8 lbs. and they have a fairly long battery life—approximately 10 hours.
What about music? Do you have an Ipod, Shuffle, Nano, Touch, or Zune? Do you like to download music, videos, and pictures? Think about the capacity of each item, and whether you need speakers.
Do you need to back up your hard drives? You may want to use a portable hard-drive to backup your data. Use flash drives for organizing course work.
Power Strips and Surge Protectors may be on your packing list. Dorm rooms may have limited outlets for plug-ins. Be sure to check with your Resident Assistant (RA) to see what your capacity is for such items. You don’t want to pose a hazard to others.
And don’t forget the basics such as camera, extension cords, power strips, CD-Rs, MP3 players, PDA, back-up software, batteries, Ethernet cord, jump drive, mouse pad, wireless card, surge protectors, tools, extra-long TV cable, smartphone and charger, alarm clock, and lamps.
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