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Getting a Computer

COVID19 Related Access to Computing

If you need access to computing resources during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semester as a result of the move to online learning, please check out our COVID19 Getting a Computer Page

Incoming Students:

Depending on your major, you should check to see if there are additional requirements for a laptop or software that requires a specific type of computer.

We recommend something with at least the following specifications for a PC or a MAC:

  • Core i7 or higher Processor
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB (minimum) solid state hard drive – 512 GB SSD is recommended
  • 802.11 ac wireless card + Bluetooth (internal)
  • Integrated Webcam and microphone
  • 3 year warranty with accidental damage protection

 

A Chromebook can also be used for most computing needs when combined with our Virtual Desktop Environment here at UMBC.

We recommend the following minimum specifications for a Chromebook:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 or 64 GB flash
  • Touch enabled screen
  • 802.11 ac wireless card + Bluetooth
  • Integrated Webcam and microphone
  • 2 year warranty with accidental damage protection

 

Discount Programs Available to Students

Dell:

We have educational discounts from both Dell and Apple that students can take advantage of:

Take advantage of education pricing when you shop Dell Online. It’s a great way to save on new laptops and 2-in-1 computers, access the full range of Dell products, and shop for Dell accessories.

You can shop for Dell products online 24/7 and get free delivery right to your door.

For hands-on help with purchasing decisions, you can contact the Technology Support Center chat with Dell directly.

 

Apple:

Take advantage of education pricing when you shop Apple Online. It’s a great way to save on a new Mac® or iPad®, access the full range of Apple products including Apple Watch® and iPhone®, and shop for Apple-branded accessories and a curated selection of third-party software and accessories. Remember to look for customization and personalization options when you order.

You can shop for Apple products online 24/7 and get free delivery right to your door. Or choose the option to pick up your order at your local Apple Store when available.

For hands-on help, contact the Technology Support Center chat with Apple directly.

If there are other questions please, please submit a ticket and let us know what your situation is.