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<font color=red>The package for Fall 2010 will be avaliable soon! Estimated date: June 21st</font>
<font color=red>The package for Fall 2010 will be avaliable soon!</font>

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MCLA's Laptop Initiative

MCLA is requiring that all freshmen come to campus with a laptop computer. The benefits are immense. Your laptop will provide you with more freedom to work on assignments and access the Internet from various buildings and even open spaces on MCLA's campus.

Increasingly our faculty is providing class materials on-line and the campus now offers end to end wireless access for your convenience as a student. In addition, when you go home for breaks you can easily take your laptop with you.

MCLA, along with a consortium of other state colleges, has negotiated an exceptional deal on a hardware/software package from Dell. For more details on the software and repair arrangements, see the Student Laptop FAQ.

The package for Fall 2010 will be avaliable soon!

The MCLA bundle will not be available through their regular Web site.

More information will appear here as it comes available. Additional information about student computing can be found at our Help Desk site.

Program Laptop Specifications for FALL 2010

Dell Latitude E6410

  • Intel Core vPro 520M i5 Processor (2.40GHz)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate ®
  • 2.0 GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM & 160 GB Hard Drive
  • 14.1" Wide Screen LED Display
  • 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
    MCLA-Dell order site.
  • Intel HD Graphics with ExpressCard
  • Dell Wireless 1520 802.11 (a/b/g/n) Mini Card
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  • Built-in Webcam with single digital microphone

Warranty & Services

  • 4 Year warranty for NBD on-site parts/labor
  • 4 Year CompleteCare® Accidental Damage Service
  • 4 Year theft tracking software (ComputracePro)

Additional Items

  • MCLA Software Package (MS Office 2007, Sophos Anti-Virus)
  • 25 ft CAT5 Network Cable

Why Purchase a Program Laptop?

  • Discounted Price

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has worked to secure a discounted price with Dell which is very competitive in comparison to similar business-class models that include similar software, warranty coverage and services.

  • Meets all required specifications

The program laptop is specifically setup for the needs of a typical MCLA student with full support facilitated through the college. There are also options to upgrade the laptop's processor, memory and hard drive.

  • Complete Coverage

The program laptop comes with 4 years Complete Care coverage on-site. Complete Care is accidental damage coverage that is unmatched compared to limited warranties. Complete care covers such repairs as screen damage, liquid spills and accidental drops. Any repairs are facilitated through the Computer Help Desk on campus.

  • On Campus Support

While in attendance at MCLA, there will be no need to arrange any repair through Dell directly. The Computer Help Desk provides full support for software and hardware and will coordinate with Dell if need be. This is a service that is only provided for program laptops. The following shows a comparison of the services we can offer to students who own a program laptop rather then a non-program laptop:

Program Laptop Non-Program Laptop
Virus Removal Services Yes, we can even restore them to their factory state - no charge. Limited to viruses that can be removed by standard tools, no operating system reinstalls
Hardware Repair Services Yes, usually 24/48 hours turn around - No charge for 4 years No, user will need to seek outside repair service that can sometimes take weeks and be very expensive
Loaner Laptops Yes, loaners are provided upon request when laptop is in for service No loaner service is avaliable
Software Support Yes Limited to core supported software only, no operating system reinstalls
Internet Services Yes Yes, aslong as laptop meets minimum requirements

  • Loaner Laptops

Students who have program laptops will be offered a loaner laptop for the time their laptop is being repaired. This service is not provided to those students with non-program laptop.

  • Theft Tracking and Recovery

The program laptop comes with 4 years of ComputracePro service which is excellent theft recovery software.

  • Pre-loaded Software and Configuration

The software package is customized specifically for an MCLA student. Software that is provided by the college includes Microsoft Office Professional and Sophos Anti Virus. Software that is preconfigured by the college will already be installed including the FirstClass software (campus e-mail) and already preconfigured to work with the MCLA wireless network.

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