MCLAs Laptop Initiative
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 2011 is now available to purchase at http://www.dell.com/mcla
Program Laptop Specifications for FALL 2011
Dell Latitude E6420
- Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor (2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
- Windows 7 Ultimate ®
- 4GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM Memory
- 250GB Hard Drive
- 14 in HD WLED TL Display
- 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
- Dell Wireless 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)
- 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.