Fall 2019 Laptop Choices

By standardizing the laptop computers it offers, the Mobile Computing Program can provide the highest level of support to Program participants. 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, by standardizing we're able to leverage our buying power to deliver students the best possible value.

This year we are excited to be offering 4 great laptop options through our program.

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Ultrabook

Our "Ultrabook" model is an enterprise-grade traditional laptop package and provides great value while meeting the needs of most students.

Lenovo T490slaptop image

  • 14" Full HD Display
  • i7-8565U Processor
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512 GB M.2 2280 NVMe Opal SSD
  • 3 Cell Li-Polymer 57Wh Battery
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 720p HD Camera
  • ~3 lbs
  • 4 Year Manufacturer's Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 3 Year Battery Warranty
  • Security Cable
  • Backpack

Rensselaer T490s package price $1,390

Estimated retail value of T490s package $2,000

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2-in-1

Our "2-in-1" model, which provides similar specifications to the Program's Ultrabook, is a great option for those students desiring the additional functionality of a tablet.

Lenovo X390 Yogalaptop image

  • 13.3" Full HD Touch Display
  • i7-8565U Processor
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512 GB M.2 2280 PCIe Opal 2.0 SSD
  • 4 Cell 51Wh Li-Ion Battery
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 720p HD Camera
  • ~3 lbs
  • 4 Year Manufacturer's Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 3 Year Battery Warranty
  • Security Cable
  • Backpack

Rensselaer X390 Yoga package price $1,590

Estimated retail value of X390 Yoga package $2,100

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Performance

Our "Performance" model offers a higher performance processor, larger screen, additional memory, and discrete graphics, which may be of interest to those with more substantial computing needs.

Lenovo X1 Extreme (Gen 2)laptop image

  • 15.6" Full HD Display
  • i7-9750H Processor
  • 32 GB DDR4 Memory
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (MaxQ w/4GB GDDR5) Graphics Card
  • 512 GB SSD
  • 4 Cell 80Wh Li-Cyllinder Battery
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • IR and 720P HD Camera
  • ~4 lbs
  • 4 Year Manufacturer's Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 3 Year Battery Warranty
  • Security Cable
  • Backpack

Rensselaer X1 Extreme package price $1,990

Estimated retail value of X1 Extreme package $2,800

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Workstation

Our "Workstation" model offers similar specifications to our "Performance" laptop but with a professional graphics card and is ISV certified for many applications.

Dell Precision 5530laptop image

  • 15.6" Full HD Display
  • i7-8850H 6 Core Processor
  • 32 GB DDR 4 Memory
  • Nvidio Quadro P2000 4GB Graphics Card
  • 512 GB M.2 PCIe C40 SSD
  • 6 Cell 97Wh Li-Ion Battery
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • Camera
  • ~4 lbs
  • 4 Year Manufacturer's Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • 3 Year Battery Warranty
  • Security Cable
  • Backpack

Rensselaer Precision 5530 package price $2,190

Estimated retail value of Precision 5530 package $3,000

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Plan to bring your own laptop?

Although all Rensselaer students are required to have a laptop, they are not required to participate in the Mobile Computing Program. However, all students who do choose to bring their own laptops to campus are strongly encouraged to follow the minimum specifications of the MCP models to ensure adequate performance.  

Remember that one of the primary advantages of participating in the Mobile Computing Program is the support you receive. Students who opt to bring their own laptop will miss out on some of the features of the program, such as the free laptop loaner program, the ability to reload the software image, and strong support services included as part of the Mobile Computing Program.  Keep in mind that depending on the hardware and operating system you choose, there may be incompatibilities or other issues to address.  Some applications require Windows and therefore Apple users may need to be prepared to run Windows as well.