Originally Posted by thelostpatrol
School comes first--get a GOOD and SOLID computer for class, with gloss on the screen, you'll thank yourself when you look at other people ruining their eyes on those matte pieces of stink... if you get a 128mb card you can still play some games. As for those though, I don't think you should concentrate on 'em too much if you want to actually succeed in your studies :P
Matte screens are easier on the eyes, and much better in glare situations, like being outside, where many college students may find themselves at times, in between classes, etc.
Gloss is great for darker rooms, watching DVDs, etc, but matte isn't something to necessarily avoid.
i agree that the xbox360 will be more of an all around entertainment option, but that a good laptop would be more appropriate for the situation.