Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Unionville, Ontario
Toshiba have a great warranty program - 3 or 4 different levels. At the top, it's a "even if you drop kick it through the uprights after you spill 3 gallons of coffee on it", we'll replace it. I purchased this level for my son, as he needs it. On the other hand, my daughter needed one much less inclusive, and expensive.
As students, they need little storage space, as most of the use, depending on which program they are in, is accessing the internet for class notes put there by the prof (they don't need computers to take notes, at least at the universities my kids went to) , and in some courses writing papers. As a result, they don't need the fastest computer either.
A smaller eg. 12" or 14" laptop will work better as well, in particular if they are taking it to class, as the 15 1/4" standards are far too heavy for kids to lug around all day (or at least my kids!) - particularly when they live off campus, and walk to school.
Personally, for the price, it's nice for the student to be able to print out pages in their dorm, or apartment, as opposed to having to go to school to do it. But for the amount they will print out, an inkjet is more than fine.
I'm not sure I'd worry about backup storage - it's not like they have nuclear secrets in their computers. Usually when a paper is done, they don't really need it any more anyway (albeit, it may be nice to save it), so what my kids did was email it to themselves. Far cheaper, and much easier. In reality, it's only the music and pictures that really need to be saved, and there are options there (at worst, network with a roommate, and exchange files).
Most universities have an on-site "Geek Squad" service where you can drop off your computer if you are having problems, and they will fix it gratis, or for a charge, make all well.
Just some thoughts from someone who has been there.
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