Personal Computers: Laptop recommendationERE students may want to own their own computer during college even though the ESF campus and ERE labs provide students with computing access. One advantage to owning a laptop is the ability to complete academic course and research work on a system that you can take between classroom, lab, and residence, which provides additional flexibility. Much of the instructional and research software used in our computing labs is available as student versions at reduced pricing or as freeware.
Students preparing to purchase a laptop should consider doing so through the Syracuse University Bookstore (SUB) because SUB offers competitive pricing on Dell systems and includes a 3 to 4 year "complete care" warranty. Students who purchase their system through SUB can seek warranty service directly from SU's Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desks using a program called "CuseCare" or through VITEC, a contracted service provider.
Minimum specifications for new students expecting a 4-yr stay are provided by our Computing and Network Services. This website explains the specifications and how the computer can be purchased through the SUB.