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Who Needs a Laptop?

All full-time entering undergraduate day students (both freshman and transfers) are required to have a laptop computer as a condition of enrollment in the University.  For additional information regarding this requirement, the laptop or other IT related questions please contact Information Technologies at 508.929.8856.

 

Support

The Laptop Repair Depot (LRC310) at WSU provides support for your laptop.  We provide recommended models with complete support throughout the warranty.  Non-recommended models are supported for $20 (on OneCard) per incident.  We also sell MSOffice Pro software ($15 on OneCard) and Windows OS software ($20 on OneCard).

 

WSU's Recommended Laptop

As a member of the Worcester State community, you can take advantage of the University‚Äôs ACCESS (Accessible University Computing and Enhanced Student Services) program and purchase a new laptop at a significantly discounted price.  We have agreements with various vendors for discount pricing (see above link).

Generally the cost of the laptop is factored into first year awards (freshman/transfer).  Please contact Financial Aid directly (508.929.8056) for additional information. Warranty hardware and software support is available via the WSU Helpdesk or from the vendor directly.  The IT Help Desk/Laptop Repair Depot is located on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC310).

When selecting a laptop it is important to keep in mind...

1) Durability:  It is important that your laptop  is resilient to everyday wear and tear.  This should include the casing and the internal housing for each part.  Retail models typically are not designed with this specific detail in mind.

2) Supportability:  Will course software run on your laptop?  Will you be able to get on-campus support?  Can the laptop access printing and other network resources?  WSU is an authorized on-site service provider for several vendor machines and service is provided for supported units at no charge, regardless of the problem. This means that you don't have to call the vendor, simply bring the unit to the on-campus Laptop Repair Depot/Help Desk for all your support needs.

3) Price:  Each year, Worcester State University aggressively negotiates the best price possible for a high quality laptop.   While you will find  'less expensive' laptops in retail stores, they may not meet our recommendations for durability, supportability and value. 

4) Sustainability:  Just as price is important, so too is the assurance that what you are purchasing will last, whether through the typical 4-year university experience or beyond to graduate school.   We are confident that the units we recommend meet or exceed these objectives. 

About Microsoft and Other Operating Systems

  • Worcester State University supports Microsoft'sWin7 Business and Ultimate effective.   Please note that  Win7 Bus/Ult, XP Professional or Vista Business/Professional/Ultimate are the only operating systems that will be able to access some University's specific network resources.  'Home' edition operating systems are not recommended for security reasons, Apple/Mac OS is supported at the Laptop Repair Depot and limited support is available for Linux OS.

For additional information, click on one of the links below, or contact the Information Technologies' Help Desk (508.929.8856)

        Laptop Specs

Ordering, Payment, and Finance Options

In order to avoid ordering errors, you strongly are encouraged to order online!  Each vendor offers a variety of payment options: credit card, check, and financing.  Students/Faculty/Staff personal purchases: click here to view the Laptop(s) Specs and order online (online purchasing is strongly recommended!)

Options to Consider

  • Warranty and Damage Protection
    Be sure to purchase the warranty for highest number of years available, in order that you are covered for support, parts etc. for as long as possible.  If available be sure to include Computrace (lojack for computers) as part of the factory install.  If not available at time of purchase contact Computrace directly, more information is available about this product at www.absolute.com.  It is highly recommend that you extend the complete care package to four years.  Highly Recommended!

  • Hard Drives
    The standard configuration should meet the needs of most users.  If you anticipate downloading and/or storing many large files, then a bigger hard drive may be appropriate.  Keep in mind you should always backup important files to another, alternate location.

  • External Hard Drive
    Keep in mind you should always backup files to another, alternate location. Additionally depending on your major/minor you may have requirements that depend on an external hard drive.  External hard drives are available for purchase from many vendors utilizing your laptop's USB2.0 and/or Firewire ports Highly Recommended!

  • Surge Protector
    A surge protector will protect your notebook against power-spikes while plugged into a wall outlet, which could harm the computer. 
    Highly Recommended!

  • Memory
    Up to a certain point, additional memory will not yield greater speed.  The standard 2-4gb of RAM should be adequate for all of our users. 
    Note:  Adding additional memory can decrease the amount of time that you can operate your laptop on battery.

     

  • RJ45 Network Cable
    A RJ45 network cable can be used to physically connect your laptop to the WSU network.  While your laptop will be able to connect to the campus network using wireless technology, many users prefer the higher connection speed offered by wired connection.  Dormitory residents in particular should purchase a RJ45 network cable to enjoy the highest network performance possible (available in the bookstore).

  • Carrying Case
    It is important to protect your laptop investment, and there are a number of laptop backpack options to fit your individual needs and preferences. 

  • Battery Life
    Generally, battery charges last several hours, you will want to include this in your review when making a laptop purchase.  {Note:  all batteries come with only a ONE (1) year warranty (from date of purchase)  thus you may want to delay purchasing a 2nd one right away.}

  • Printer
    While you can print to any of the centrally located student printers on campus, many students find that an inexpensive printer offers greater flexibility for printing off campus or after hours.  When purchasing a printer, make sure that you also order a printer cable, wireless printing is often not reliable!  You may want to consider sharing a printer with your roommate. 
    Note: like many universities, Worcester State University offers fee-based printing. Black and white is $0.10/page and color is $1.00/page - students receive $20.00 printing credit per academic year on their WSU OneCard ID.

  • SafeKeeping
    Keep in mind that habits like leaving your dorm room unlocked/open, and storing your laptop in a high-visibility location are cautioned.