2021-22 Laptop Choices

By standardizing, the Mobile Computing Program is able to provide the highest level of support to Rensselaer students. The Help Desk is well-equipped to handle MCP laptop-related questions and our Rensselaer Computer Repair is certified to complete hardware repair when necessary. In addition, we're able to leverage our buying power to deliver students the best possible value.

For the 2021/22 academic year we are excited to be offering three great laptop options and the addition of a tablet accessory.  Please note the tablet accessory does not fulfill the Rensselaer undergraduate laptop requirement.  Some academic programs provide recommendations for a specific model or models.  See recommendations below.

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Ultrabook

Our "Ultrabook" model is an enterprise-grade traditional laptop package providing great performance and reliability.  This lightweight ultrabook system meets the needs of most Rensselaer students.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s (gen 2)laptop image

  • 14" 400 Nit Full HD Touch Display
  • AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5 Pro CPU
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • HD Camera
  • ~3 lbs
  • 48 Month Lenovo Premier Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 36 Month Battery Warranty
  • The North Face Backpack Customized for Rensselaer

 

Package Price $1,250

Estimated retail value of T14s package $1,650

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14" Workstation

Our 14" Workstation model is an enterprise-grade traditional laptop package providing great performance and reliability with the addition of ISV certification.  This system is a great choice for a student looking for a lightweight system certified for some applications.  For more information on certification, see https://www.thinkworkstations.com/isv-certifications/.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad P14s (gen 2)laptop image

  • 14" 400 Nit Full HD Touch Display
  • Intel 11th gen i5 CPU
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro T500 GPU
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • HD Camera
  • ~3 lbs
  • 48 Month Lenovo Premier Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 36 Month Battery Warranty
  • The North Face Backpack Customized for Rensselaer

 

Package Price $1,550

Estimated retail value of P14s package $1,850

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Performance

Our Performance model offers a significantly higher performance processor, larger, higher resolution display, additional memory, and higher performance discrete graphics.  This system may be beneficial to those with more substantial computing needs.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 4)laptop image

  • 15.6" 400 Nit Ultra HD Touch Display
  • Intel 11th gen i7 6 core CPU
  • 32 GB DDR4 Memory
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU
  • 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • IR and HD Camera
  • ~4 lbs
  • 48 Month Lenovo Premier Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 36 Month Battery Warranty
  • The North Face Backpack Customized for Rensselaer

 

Package Price $2,700

Estimated retail value of X1 Extreme package $3,050