When did laptops become a standard purchase for college?
October 9, 2013 9:06 PM Subscribe
That is, when did the vast majority of US college students/their families start seeing laptop computers as a necessary purchase before going to school?
posted by andrewesque to society & culture (100 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously in, say, 1950, no student bought a laptop before heading off to college. In 2013, the vast majority of college students buy some kind of laptop before heading off to school, even for those who have no intention of studying computer science or technical anything.
So when did laptops become ubiquitous in college? I know at some point in the late 20th century, probably those more technically-inclined purchased them, but I'm particularly curious about when they basically became a standard college accessory. Also sort of curious if there was a time when desktops were ubiquitous but then were taken over by laptops. (I went to college in the second half of the 2000s and nearly everyone I knew had a laptop.)
I'm asking this from a US perspective, but other perspectives are welcome! I realize the situation is totally different in many other places. And I also realize there are still those for whom a laptop computer is an unaffordable or otherwise unattainable purchase, but I'm mostly asking about this from a US, middle-class view.