Monday, February 02, 2004
HBS - Students use laptops pretty much all day every day. Not a whole lot of processing power is needed, 95% of the time you will be using internet explorer or Microsoft Office. Also, HBS publishes two levels of requirements, minimum and recommended, and apparently the minimum are sufficient for almost all applications.
Stanford - Students rarely use laptops in class, and aside from the benefit of the campus-wide wireless network, you don't really need one. There are plenty of computer labs on campus and in Schwab, so even bringing a desktop PC for home would likely be sufficient.
So, if I wind up at HBS I think I will go with a 5 lbs thin and light laptop, probably an IBM. If I go to Stanford I may just stick with my current PC.