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Convertible Notebook Initiative (CNI)

The Convertible Notebook Initiative (CNI) was established in 2006 to facilitate learning and communication both inside and outside the classroom through the unique collaborative features of the convertible notebook. The Convertible Notebook Initiative suggests that incoming freshmen acquire a convertible notebook. Listed below are specs of computers that come recommend by the University.


  • All students enrolling in Computer Science 130, 140 and 150 are required to have their own notebook computers.
  • Graphic Design majors are recommended to acquire a MacBook or a MacBook Pro.Click here for minimum requirements.

Dell Latitude XT Converitable Laptop
Dell Latitude XT Convertible
  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista Business Edition with One Note®
  • 1.2 GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
  • 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM (2 x 1 GB SODIMM)
  • 40GB 1.8" hard drive
  • D-Bay CD-RW/DVD combo drive
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter
  • Integrated 802.11a/g WiFi wireless networking card
  • 12" WXGA LED LCD with Rotating Hinge for Tablet Functionality
  • Notebook Value Service Plan -- 3 year parts, labor
  • Microsoft® Office 2007 (available from SCS; click here for more information )
  • Virus Protection Software (available from the University; contact SCS )
  • $1820   Purchase Now!

Questions about Coastal's Convertible Notebook Initiative should be directed to Student Computing Services at 843-349-2908. Questions can also be emailed to the Tech Support Center via the Help Request Form.

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