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Personal Computing at Cal Maritime


Access to a good computer is an essential part of your experience at Cal Maritime. If you plan to bring your own computer, there are a few things to consider before coming to campus.
Take a look at the New Students & PCs web page.

For more detailed suggestions on how to buy a computer, how to protect your computer against viruses and purchasing new software, please visit the sections below and the links to the right

Computers on Campus

On campus, students also can access the Cal Maritime network and Internet on computers located in the two main computer labs, computers in the Center for Engagement, Teaching & Learning (CETL) , Student Center as well as computers located in the Library. Upon arrival, students will be given specific instructions on how to connect to the Cal Maritime network.

Wi-Fi is available in all the dorms and throught the campus. Click here to see how to connect to Wi-Fi on campus

Help on Choosing a Computer

Buying guides and suggestions for purchasing a new computer.

Protecting your computer

Chosing and downloading anti-virus and anti-malware software.

Getting Software

Student discounted software. Free software for Cal Maritime students. Free alternatives to standard productivity software.

Choosing a Computer

What to Purchase


If you plan to bring a computer to Cal Maritime we recommend you bring a laptop for maximum flexiblity.There are a myriad of choices and configurations. The video on the left from PCWorld gives a good overview of what to look for in a laptop.

CNET rates the best Laptops in their buying guide. The notebooks are separated by categories:
  • Netbook -ultra-portable mini laptops with no disc drive
  • Budget -laptops for less than $599
  • Mainstream - laptops priced from $600 to $999
  • High-end - laptops $1000 and up
On their Laptop page http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/ they break out and rate laptops by price, screen size, function etc.
PCWorld has a great video, How To Buy a Laptop


Where to Buy


The major retailers stores offering good deals include

Be sure to also checkout Dell and Gateway



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