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Myths About Laptops and Why You Should Choose One

IT encourages William Paterson employees to consider the advantages of choosing a laptop next time they are eligible for a new computer under the Computer Replacement Program (CRP).

Example of Dell Laptop

Managed by Information Technology, the CRP refreshes primary computer equipment for full-time faculty and staff on a scheduled replacement cycle.

Over the past few years, the CRP has offered the choice between a laptop or desktop computer for university computing needs. While a desktop computer may be the familiar choice, there are several benefits to laptops that may make them a better selection than a desktop. Below are some examples of the most common concerns that come up when someone is deciding between a laptop and a desktop.

Myth: Desktop computers are faster.
Reality: The standard CRP desktop and laptop computer options are configured by IT to have equivalent processor, memory, and storage specifications.

Myth: Laptop screens are too small.
Reality: The standard laptop option has a 14” screen however the CRP also provides a docking station along with 22” monitor, keyboard, and mouse which allows the laptop to be used in an office setup that is identical to using a desktop.

Myth: Laptops are heavy.
Reality: Laptop weight and design have come a long way. The standard laptop weighs approximately 3.5 lbs. which is about the same as a half-gallon of milk!

The biggest advantage to using a laptop is mobility. With ubiquitous wireless coverage on campus, a laptop can be used in meetings, classrooms, and in many common spaces. If you attend off-campus events, travel, or encounter a situation where you cannot make it to campus but need to access university work, having a laptop gives you the means to securely access your files or university systems from anywhere with internet access.

For more information on the Computer Renewal Program and the computer models available visit our User Services website: If you have further questions, call the Helpdesk at 973-720-HELP (4357), or submit a Helpdesk ticket at

April 18, 2018