Laptops2Go

A Free Service From CaTS

photo of students using a laptops2go laptopDo you need a better way to take notes? Would you like to do web-based research while working with a study group? Want to try a laptop before buying? With the Laptops2Go service you can check out a laptop that allows you to do these things and more. Both PC and Macintosh laptops are available for checkout for up to four hours, free of charge, for registered students at Wright State. Stop by the CaTS Help Desk in 025 Library Annex to get started. See below for more information, including eligibility, hours, and more.

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Eligibility

Students currently enrolled and in good standing with the university can check out a laptop. Faculty, staff, and unaffiliated individuals are not eligible for the Laptops2Go program.

How To Get a Laptop

Laptops are available for checkout from the CaTS Help Desk in 025 Library Annex. You'll need your Wright1 Card and a government-issued photo ID to begin the checkout process.

Laptop Features, Specifications, and Software List

The Laptops2Go program currently has both PC and Macintosh laptops. See the tables below for specifications and software installed on each laptop.

MacBook Air

Feature Specifications
Processor Intel i5 (1.8 GHz)
Memory 5 GB RAM
Software

OSX 10.10
Microsoft Office Professional 2016
Safari, Chrome, Firefox

Power Cord NOT PROVIDED

 

HP ProBook

Feature Specifications
Processor Intel Core i5 (2.3 GHz)
Memory 8 GB RAM
Software

Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Office Professional 2016
Chrome, Firefox

Power Cord NOT PROVIDED

 

Equipment Use & Liability Agreement

Before checking out a laptop for the first time, students will have to read and sign the Laptops2Go Equipment Use & Liability Agreement (PDF), which details the terms and conditions the student must meet or follow in order to checkout laptops. Students should read and understand the Equipment Use & Liability Agreement before signing it.

FAQs

  • Can I install my own software on the laptop?

    Yes! You can install any legitimate software on the laptop. However you cannot make major changes to the operating system (i.e. uninstall Windows and install Linux). Keep in mind, though, that when the computer is restarted, all unsaved work and software installations will be lost.

  • Can I renew my checkout and keep the laptop longer?

    Yes! If there is no one waiting for a laptop when you return it, you can renew the checkout for an additional 4 hours or until the latest due time, whichever is earlier.

  • Is the wireless network feature turned on when I get the laptop?

    To conserve battery life, wireless networking is turned off by default (although the new MacBooks will have have their Airport cards turned ON by default). Instructions on how to use the built-in wireless networking features are provided on the computer.

  • What if the battery runs out before my time is up?

    During normal use, the battery should last more than the four hour checkout time. However, if your battery does not last, you can receive a replacement battery at the Laptops2Go checkout counter. The laptops now come with power cords, too!

  • Do you provide a power cord?

    No, the battery life of the laptop will last the entire time of your checkout.

  • Why can't faculty or staff check out the laptops?

    The Laptops2Go program is paid for with student technology fees and is a service provided by CaTS for students. Faculty and staff can check out laptops from the CaTS Equipment Checkout service.