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Mobile Computing

Lenovo T420 ThinkPadAll undergraduates are required to have a laptop computer that meets Rensselaer specifications.

The Mobile Computing Program offers a complete laptop package including a state-of-the-art Lenovo T430 ThinkPad loaded with a special suite of software ready for your Rensselaer course work and specially configured for easy connection to the Rensselaer network.

Currently, in partnership with Lenovo, we are able to offer this laptop package at a substantially discounted price. You will receive the greatest value for your dollar and on-campus repair and consulting facilities to help you get the most out of your laptop.

The laptop computers are currently used in Math, Computer Science, Physics, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, and Freshmen Studies. Additional laptop courses are being planned. MBA students in the Lally School of Management are also required to have laptop computers.

No matter where you are, you will be able to:

  • Converse online with family and friends, professors and classmates.
  • Access the Internet to complete research assignments and explore new ideas.
  • Participate in computer-enhanced instruction, where learning will evolve from the interaction of material, instructor, and classmates.

You can connect your laptop computer to the network in the more than 50 classrooms around the campus wired for laptops, and at any of the hundreds of laptop jacks in public areas, including Folsom Library, the Voorhees Computing Center (VCC), the Student Union, and other study spaces around campus. A wireless network extends across campus.

In addition, every residence hall room includes network access for each resident at no additional charge, and most campus locations, including the residence halls, offer wireless connectivity.

The Mobile Computing Package for Fall 2013 consists of:

  • A Lenovo T430 laptop at a purchase price of $1,599.
  • A laptop security cable with lock.
  • An Ethernet cable.
  • A laptop backpack.
  • An iClicker personal response unit.

The laptop is specially configured for easy connection to the Rensselaer network, and is fully supported by on-campus repair and consulting facilities. Accidental damage protection, in addition to the four-year warranty, completes the package.

2013 Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-3520M dual-core processor, 4M cache, up to 3.6 GHz.
  • 8 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 on two DIMMs,16 GB maximum (no open slot).
  • 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900), color, anti-glare, LED backlit, 250-nit display.
  • ThinkLight backlit keyboard.
  • 500 GB HDD 7200 RPM hard drive.
  • NVIDIA Optimus Graphics (NVS 5200M, 1GB), Intel Core i7-3520M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz).
  • DVD recordable.
  • Gigabit wired Ethernet network connection.
  • Intel Centrino Ultimate N6300 3x3 802.11 na/g/n wireless/WWAN upgradable.
  • Ports: Two USB 3.0, one always-on USB 2.0, one VGA DB-15, one Mini-DisplayPort with audio, one ExpressCard 34mm slot, SmartCard reader, 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, and 4-in-1 Multiread card slot.
  • UltraNav multi-touch Touchpad/TrackPoint pointing device.
  • Integrated 720p HD resolution wide-view angle webcam camera with face tracking.
  • UPEK fingerprint reader.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless with antenna.
  • 6-cell Lithium-ion battery with one-year warranty.
  • Forty-nine month manufacturer's warranty.
  • Forty-nine month ThinkPad Protection against accidental damage.

Pre-Installed Software*

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit).
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (32-bit; 64-bit available for user installation).
  • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection.
  • Maplesoft Maple symbolic algebra program (64-bit).
  • MathWorks MATLAB (64-bit).
  • National Instruments LabVIEW (32-bit; 64-bit available for user installation).
  • Siemens NX CAD package (64-bit).
  • Bentley Microstation (32-bit).

*The software is pre-installed on the laptop computer. Educational licenses are included, but not installation CDs. This listing does not include all pre-installed software.

Also please note that this listing does not include all pre-installed software, nor does it include other software packages that some students may need to purchase for their specific coursework. Please consult with your academic advisor to determine what, if any, additional software is required.

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