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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 
2010 spring 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