This year, more than 300 incoming students ordered computers through the Colleges purchasing program. The most popular computer ordered was the Gateway 450E with the Intel Centrino Technology which integrates a highly efficient processor and wireless technology. The 450E was ranked as the Editor’s Choice for best notebooks for school by PC Magazine (August Edition).
From these trends the Office of Information Technology can see that students are finding notebooks more attractive when purchasing a computer for school.
“With the large percentage of students who purchased the 450E we can see that students prefer a notebook that is lightweight and extremely mobile but does not sacrifice performance for mobility,” says Michael M. Allington, academic computing support specialist at the Colleges.
This is the second year of the Student Computer Purchasing Program was operated through Gateway. Gateway has used the Hobart and William Smith model to market the purchasing program to other colleges and universities. The advantages to purchasing through the program include discounted pricing, four years of worry free computing with a four year on-site, on-campus warranty, and immediate connectivity to the HWS network when the computer is picked up.