What brand and model should I buy?
Lehigh recommends purchasing a supported model from one of our recommended brands; Apple, Dell, or Lenovo. For Apple and Dell computers all models are fully supported for hardware repairs on campus. For Lenovo only business model computers are supported for on-campus hardware repair. Lenovo business model computers include Thinkpad and ThinkCentre lines.
Should I buy a Windows PC or a Mac?
Both platforms are fully supported at Lehigh for student use. To help student decide which is the appropriate choice the STAR Services Program has a PC vs Mac document that lists the pros and cons of each platform.
How much of a discounted price do I get on computers purchased through this site?
The amount of discount varies from 2%-6% on the different vendor sites and depends on the model computer selected. Computer vendors typically change pricing throughout the year so the percentage discount varies greatly. It is best to compare the pricing on a computer from the regular vendor web page with one configured through the Lehigh pages to see the price difference.
Do I need my own printer?
LTS provides access to printers in both libraries and many computer labs across campus. However, many students find it convenient to get their own printer (inkjet or laser) to keep in their room.
Recent versions of Windows (Win 10, Win 8 and Win 7) are fully supported for student use at Lehigh. Support for older versions such Win Vista and XP is not available.
New Macs will come with latest version of Mac OS X, which is fully supported by LTS.
Below are LTS recommendations for configuring a new computer. These are not meant to be minimum requirements for use on Lehigh's network, but rather they ensure that systems remain usable over a span of 3-4 years. Individuals should always consider their own specific needs and preferences when making the final decision on how their computer should be configured
| Purchasing Recommendations
for New Computers - May 2016
|Operating System||See Operating Systems.|
|Processor||2+ GHz Multi-core (64-bit capable)|
|Memory||8 GB RAM (More for Media Work, additional OSs)|
|Hard Drive||250 GB (500+ for Desktops)|
|Wireless||802.11n internal wireless card (laptop only)|
|Printer||Small inkjet or laser printer (for personal use)|
|Warranty||3-4 yr. extended, from the manufacturer,
with "accidental damage protection" for laptops, if available.
The primary reason for LTS's selection of recommended computer brands is that our Computer Repair Services team (CRS) technicians have been trained and certified to provide computer repair and upgrade services for those brands. These services are available for faculty, staff and students for both institutional and personal computers..
Be aware though, that the CRS technicians can only do in-warranty work on systems covered by manufacturer's warranties, and depending on the vendor, they may be limited to working on only the business-line machines (Lenovo). Please refer to the CRS Policy for a complete description of the policy and procedures regarding computer repair and upgrades.
Below are some are guidelines you should consider when deciding on a warranty for a new computer..
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