There are many computer lab facilities at William & Mary, including a library with three floors full of computers for students to use whenever they please. Still, having your own laptop is necessary and required, considering that this school houses some of the most studious students nationwide, and public computers tend to get snatched up quickly, especially during finals time. It's also convenient to have your own when you want to look up lecture PowerPoints during class, or if you want to write that pesky paper in a more atmospheric place other than the Swem Library. Also, printing now costs 7 cents a page, which can get costly, so it is advised that students bring their own printers to school, as well.
The computers still run on Windows XP, which has a slow start-up but works efficiently and fairly quickly. The Internet connection on campus is usually very fast, unless the servers are being flooded during class registration. Programs like iChat and Skype that require fast Internet speed work great and are used often and campus-wide without any issues.