Fall 2020 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, by standardizing we're able to leverage our buying power to deliver students the best possible value.

For the 2020 year we are excited to be offering two great laptop options.  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 system meets the needs of most Rensselaer students.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14slaptop image

  • 14" 400 Nit Full HD Display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U 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

Rensselaer T14s package price $1,200

Estimated retail value of T14s package $2,100

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Performance

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

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 3)laptop image

  • 15.6" 400 Nit Ultra HD Touch Display
  • i7-10850H Processor
  • 32 GB DDR4 Memory
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti (MaxQ w/4GB GDDR5) Graphics Card
  • 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

Rensselaer X1 Extreme package price $2,200

Estimated retail value of X1 Extreme package $3,100

*Recommended for students in the School of Architecture, students in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in the following programs: Electronic Arts, Communication, Media, and Design, and Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences and students in the School of Engineering who anticipate substantial visualization or simulation work beyond the first year required courses.