Point of Interest: Library replaces desktops with Chromebooks

The Matthews Library has replaced the old Dell Optiplex desktop computers with 12 new Samsung Chromebook laptops.

According to Tom Wroten, director of technology, the laptops cost $475 each, for a total investment of $5700.

“The older machines were quickly approaching six years of service and were no longer meeting the needs of the students,” Wroten said.

According to the technology plan, devices on campus are supposed to be replaced every four-to-five years, budget permitting, Wroten said.

With the new computers comes a new system of work. There is no Microsoft Office on the laptops— students will instead use Google Drive.

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