accoring to this website http://www.usna.org/plebe09/computerspecs.html plebes ALSO get a netbook, which should be a great tool for potential library visits or group projects, IMO. So somehow this sort of ends the rumor, repeating itself every year,that "the new Plebes will get a laptop next year". 2013 almost got laptops. I can't wait to see what 2014 is getting. Hopefully, Windows 7 out and usable by then.