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Laptop Technology

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Overview

Order a laptop for your student

Technology is a critical component in a growing number of courses at Quinnipiac. We require students to have a laptop, ensuring they have around-the-clock computing capabilities.

Quinnipiac encourages incoming freshmen and transfer students to purchase one of our recommended laptop models, as the configuration of these laptops — memory, ports, etc. — are designed to meet the academic and lifestyle needs of our students. All recommended laptops include a comprehensive three-year hardware warranty (battery warranty is one year). In addition, all PC models include accidental damage coverage.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a laptop. QU Information Services staff are available to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at 203-582-4357.

Apple Laptops

There are several advantages to purchasing a Mac laptop through the Quinnipiac University Apple Store:

  • Recommended systems include 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • Ability to designate to pick up the computer at your local Apple Retail Store or have it shipped directly to you
  • $25 discount on 13-inch MacBook Pro

To purchase a Quinnipiac-recommended Mac, click on the "Buy now" link below. For more information on the specific configuration of each model, please view the details below.

MacBook Air - $1,078

  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection plan - Auto-enroll
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display
  • 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 3 MB shared L3 cache
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • 8 GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • Built-in lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 12 hours of wireless web
  • 128 GB PCIe-based solid state drive
  • One Thunderbolt 2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one SDXC card slot
  • Built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Thunderbolt port with native Mini DisplayPort output and support for HDMI, DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA connections (adapters sold separately)
  • Stereo speaker, dual microphones, and headphone port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • No Ethernet (Apple Ethernet Adapters sold separately)
  • No optical drive (External 8x double-layer SuperDrive sold separately)
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor
  • Multi-Touch trackpad
  • No Touch Bar
  • Precision aluminum unibody
  • 0.11 x 12.8 x 8.94 inches
  • 2.96 pounds

13-inch MacBook Pro - $2,089

  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan - Auto-enroll
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display
  • 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 4 MB shared L3 cache
  • Intel Iris Graphics 655
  • 8 GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • Built-in lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of wireless web
  • 512 GB PCIe-based solid state drive
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports with native DisplayPort output over USB-C and support for HDMI, Thunderbolt/miniDisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connections (adapters sold separately)
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range, three microphones, and headphone port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • No Ethernet (Apple Ethernet Adapters sold separately)
  • No optical drive (External 8x double-layer SuperDrive sold separately)
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad with pressure-sensing capabilities
  • Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
  • Space Gray precision aluminum unibody
  • 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches
  • 3.02 pounds

Dell Laptops

Dell laptops purchased through the Quinnipiac University Dell Store come with:

  • 3-year ProSupport warranty, including expedited telephone service and next-day on-site repair
  • 3-year Accidental Damage Service
  • Loaner laptop available during repair

To purchase a Dell laptop, click on the "Buy now" link below. For more information on the specific configuration of each model, please view the specifications below.

Dell Latitude 7490 - $1,050

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Touch screen
  • Intel Core i5-7300U Processor
  • 8 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 14" HD (1920 x 1080) FHD display
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • HD webcam and microphone
  • Three USB ports, one USB-C port, and an HDMI port
  • Three-year ProSupport warranty with next-business-day onsite service
  • Three-year accidental damage service
  • Weighs 3.11 pounds

Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 - $972.23

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop/Tablet 2-in-1 Convertible
  • Touch screen
  • Intel Core i5-8350U Processor
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare display
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • HD webcam and microphone
  • Two USB ports, one USB-C port, and an HDMI port
  • Three-year ProSupport warranty with next-business-day, limited onsite service
  • Three-year accidental damage service
  • Weighs 3.47 pounds

FAQ

What are some of the benefits of purchasing a recommended laptop?

A recommended laptop is purchased at a discount and includes a comprehensive three-year hardware warranty, including accidental damage coverage. The Dell warranty includes free next-day on-site repair for all hardware problems, including problems caused by accidental damage. Mac laptops come with AppleCare+, which provides free hardware repairs for non-accidental damage and discounted repairs for accidental damage at an Apple Store.

What kind of support is available if I don't purchase a recommended laptop?

Technical assistance and support for software problems are available, regardless of what laptop a student has, but hardware support is limited for non-recommended models.

Even if you do not purchase a recommended laptop, please be aware that you are still eligible to download Microsoft Office, antivirus software, and other commonly used applications for free on MyQ.

Will my laptop come with Microsoft Office, antivirus software, etc.?

The recommended laptops are prepared and shipped by the manufacturer and do not come with any Quinnipiac-licensed software preinstalled. However, Microsoft Office, antivirus software, and other commonly used applications are available to download for free via MyQ. Please visit the Frequently Requested Software page on MyQ for more information on available software.

How do I know which laptop model is best for me?

Consider what you need in a laptop and then compare that to each model's features. Here are some examples of questions to consider:

  • Does your major encourage students to use Windows or Mac laptops? If you are not sure, ask someone from your department what they recommend.
  • How often are you going to carry your laptop with you? If you want to bring it with you everywhere, you might want to purchase a lightweight laptop.
  • Do you plan to store a lot of large files, such as pictures and videos, on your computer? If so, you should either choose a laptop with a lot of storage space or consider purchasing an external drive to store large files you do not use frequently.

There are many other factors to consider when making your decision. If you need advice or have a question about a particular model, please call 203-582-HELP (4357) or submit a Technology Help Request.

Do I need any additional devices or accessories to use with these laptops?

It depends on what you want to use with your laptop. A few recommended accessories are:

  • USB-C adapter - If you are planning to purchase a MacBook Pro, please consider also purchasing a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter. This model of Mac contains four USB-C ports, but no USB-A ports, meaning standard USB thumb drives cannot be plugged into it.
  • External CD/DVD player - If you want to play DVDs or CDs on your laptop sometimes, you could purchase an external CD/DVD drive that you could plug into a USB port.
  • External hard drive - If you need extra storage space or want to do regular backups of your computer, purchasing an external USB drive with lots of storage space is a great idea.

How do I pay for my laptop?

Payment options vary for each laptop manufacturer:

  • Apple laptops can be purchased via credit card or via Apple gift cards. Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Financing is also available for Apple laptops. (This option will be presented during checkout.)
  • Dell laptops can be purchased via credit card or via mailed cashier's check. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.

Is financing available?

Financing is available only for Apple laptops and this option is presented during checkout.

Where should I have my laptop delivered?

You should have your laptop delivered to your home. Because of export laws and license restrictions, laptop manufacturers will not ship a computer outside the United States. If you do not have an address within the U.S., you will need to make alternate arrangements to have the laptop shipped to your Quinnipiac address or another U.S. address.

Can I apply for additional financial aid to cover the cost of my computer? What is the process?

Yes, a family can request additional PLUS Loan (parent loan) or alternative loan funds for computer-related expenses. Just include the cost of the computer when applying for your loan, and send the Office of Financial Aid proof of purchase to support the additional costs, so it can certify the appropriate amount on your loan. For entering students, federal regulations require all loan proceeds to be disbursed no earlier than 30 days after the beginning of the semester. Students will need to take this into consideration when purchasing a computer. Grant aid is not available for these purchases. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 203-582-8750 or 800-462-1944, or by email.