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    A quick question about laptop size

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    I'm almost ready to buy a laptop but wondered about screen size.... Is a 17 inch screen better because I'll be staring at the thing for hours or is a 15 inch better due to school desk/workspace issues?

    I don't want to struggle with a 17 inch if space to work is at a premium. Any suggestions from the experienced?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiro-md
    I'm almost ready to buy a laptop but wondered about screen size.... Is a 17 inch screen better because I'll be staring at the thing for hours or is a 15 inch better due to school desk/workspace issues?

    I don't want to struggle with a 17 inch if space to work is at a premium. Any suggestions from the experienced?

    Thanks.
    I'd go with a smaller one. First semester the classroom has long tables and chairs, so size doesn't matter much. In the later semesters, the rooms have student desks (integrated desk/chair combo) and a large laptop (or even a 15" like I have) will be problematic. A few students in 1st have tablets, they look pretty cool but I'm not sure they're worth the money, and a couple have very small laptops (like 12"), every day as I carry my bag up the hill (everything on Saba is 'up the hill') I wish I had a lighter computer. I think there are 2 MAC users in class, everyone else has a wintel machine (mostly Toshiba and Dell, a few others).

    Get one with wireless though (802.11b/g). It's being implemented around the campus (kind of slowly, but it's going). And, think long and hard about a service plan (if you get one, make sure it's going to work for you on the island).

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