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Dartmouth recommends that students purchase either Apple or Dell laptops. Before you come to Dartmouth you will need to decide whether to use Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS. Dartmouth offers a number of computer packages and accessories to incoming students. Which one is right for you?
Dartmouth offers laptop packages from Apple and Dell that we believe represent the best balance between cost and performance. Please Note: All laptop computer packages purchased from The Computer Store have an additional fee of $10 for the software. All students that purchase a computer package from The Computer Store are also entitled to a free loaner when and if your machine needs to come in for repair at our Service department. The price does not include any of the additional accessories listed below. We have packages posted on our Class of 2017 ordering site at computerstore.dartmouth.edu. If you want something other than the packages offered please browse the rest of the store.Top of page
A standard software package come with computers purchased through Dartmouth. It includes: System software; Microsoft Office; Symantec EndPoint Protection; an FTP client; and web browsers. You will also receive utilities that allow you to use shared network resources, such as public laser printers and file servers, and a list of links to common websites used by Dartmouth students.
Apple systems will be preloaded with Mac OS 10.8. Windows systems will be preloaded with the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition or Windows 8 . Dartmouth supports Apple’s Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows 7 Professional edition. We do not support Windows XP Home, or Windows Vista Home at this time. If you have an unsupported operating system, software is available to Dartmouth students from The Computer Store to upgrade to Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.8 for a low price.
For Student that purchased the recommended computer packages through The Computer Store as part of the offerings to incoming student include the following warranties: Apple computers come with the option of a three-year AppleCare warranty or a 4yr Safeware Accidental Damage warranty; Dell computers come with an option for a four-year Accidental Damage Policy . The Apple warranty covers manufacture defects only (not accidental damage); the Dell warranty covers manufacture defects, plus accidental damage. Please note that software-related problems are not covered on any of the systems.
Please note for students that don't purchase the recommended models and want to purchase and alternative bundle - please be away that warranty is not automatic - you should purchase the warranty when configuring a different bundle.
Repairs to Apple computers and the Dell computers can be done on campus by our certified technicians, regardless of whether you purchase them through us, through them, or elsewhere. If you bring a personal computer other than one of the recommended models, you will need to take your computer off campus for warranty service and support.
In rare cases, you may need to take a class that requires the use of software or resources that are not available for the computer you own — either Macintosh or Windows. You can meet the class requirements by using a friend’s computer or using a computer in one of the public computer clusters.
Dartmouth provides students with an allocation for free printing each term at public printers located around campus. Once that allocation has been depleted, you will be charged for printing. You may choose to purchase a personal printer, but Dartmouth financial aid is not available for the purchase of printers. To find out more, go to GreenPrint Public Printers.
Last Updated: 8/6/13