You can usually find an open computer at one of Binghamton’s many pods in the library and around campus, and the 24-hour computer labs make it possible to work straight through the night. In the labs, there is a wide selection of both Apple and PC computers for any preference. The only times during the year when it's difficult to find a computer is during finals. At this time, it's nearly impossible. Students unanimously agree, though, that can you afford it, having your own computer is the way to go. The convenience of a high-speed network, email, and gaming from the comfort of your own dorm room is just too good to pass up. When you bring your own computer, though, there is always the risk of it breaking. It's a terrifying feeling when, during finals, something is spilled or dropped on your computer, and everything that's due is wiped from the hard drive. These sort of accidents can be addresed at the on-campus Computer Repair Center. It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
When it is working, Binghamton’s Ethernet connection for personal computers is among the fastest available. Unfortunately, the connection has grown more unreliable in recent years, in part due to an increase in personal computers on campus and increased downloading. Despite this, most students would rather work from their own computer than brave the occasional crowds of the computer pods. Of course, if money is a problem and a personal computer is an impossibility, the pods are convenient and available to all.