Now it’s time to select a new computer for college.
Ask what the school or program recommends.
The computers and software they suggest will be the technology that they are most prepared to support when your student needs tech help.
Check out the computers sold by the university.
Computers sold by the universities often come with a high price tag. Before you faint from sticker shock remember:
- Many schools offer extended warranties and accident insurance. These may be included in the price.
- If the tech support is done onsite and they offer loaner computers, it may be worth it to purchase the computer from the school.
- If it doesn’t make sense to purchase from the school, shop around for a better deal on the same computer. Look for an extended warranty and accident insurance wherever you shop. It’s expensive but not as expensive as running out to buy a new computer during finals week.
Many degree programs like engineering require specific hardware when it comes to the processor or RAM. If you are not purchasing directly from the school, use the information they provide to find a compatible computer. Other programs only need a middle of the road machine. To find one of these, use our shopping guidelines (click for PC or Mac) or call or contact us to find out which computers we currently have in stock.
Don’t wait until the end of summer to select a computer for college.
You want to have the option of ordering a computer without worrying about the delivery date. You also want to have time to return the computer if there’s a problem. This extra time gives your student a chance to get to know the computer before heading off to campus. Computers make excellent graduation gifts!
Remember to buy necessary software.
Many schools offer free or heavily discounted software and may also require a specific antivirus software to join their network. Before buying any software, check with the school’s bookstore to see what they offer or require. Check out some of our favorite free software and tools here.
Apple offers education pricing.
Buy directly from Apple to take advantage of their education pricing and save between $100 and $400 depending on the model. They also have AppleCare, an excellent extended warranty, with some plans covering accidental damage.