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 2010 will be avaliable soon! Please check back in May!
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 i5 Processor 2.40GHz
- 14.1" Wide Screen WXGA LCD
- 2.0GB RAM
- 160GB Hard Drive
- DVD-RW Drive
- nVidia Quadro NVS 512MB Video Processor
- Dell 1520 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) miniPCI Card
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit4 Ethernet NIC
- Built-in Webcam
- Windows 7 Enterprise ®
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)
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 laptops 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 when required coordinate with Dell. This is a service that only provided for program laptops.
- 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 who do not have a program laptop.
- Theft Tracking and Recovery
The program laptop comes with 4 years of ComputracePro service.
- 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 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.