- Guide for Purchasing Computers and Software
- New Computers and Accessories
- Personal PC Repair
- Computer Software
- Departmental Purchases - Sample Prices
REMEMBER: It is a good idea to buy a computer with as much memory (RAM) and hard drive space as you can afford. Please note: If using Windows XP, you will need the PROFESSIONAL Edition. The Windows XP Home Edition lacks support for NDS, or Network Directory Services, which is the means for a user to "log in" and be authenticated by the campus network.
Choose a four year warranty, and include coverage for accidental damage. Know how and where to get the computer serviced if something fails. It is a good idea to keep a copy of the warranty information and the computer manufacturer's tech support number with the computer.
The campus standard for general applications software is Microsoft Office 2007 -Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentation software) and Access (database). Virus protection software It is essential to protect your computer against computer viruses. Cedar Crest provides free downloads of Symantec Anti-Virus Software, which are available in the Information Technology Office.
Wireless internet service is available throughout many buildings on campus, and If you wish to include wireless capability in a laptop purchase, consider the 802.11b or 802.11g (WiFi) technology to remain compatible with campus standards.
USB / Flash Drives
Work in public labs and presentations in class can require considerable storage – consider a few smaller thumb drives for portability and a larger thumb drive or other backup device to make ROUTINE backups of your data
Students are responsible for insuring their computers. Check with your insurance carrier for the specifics on your homeowner policy.
A surge protector to protect your computer equipment from electrical surges.
Last but not least!!
If you are buying a new computer, be certain to open and test it before bringing it to campus. Plug in all connections and power on the computer, making sure everything works correctly. If you have a printer, connect it according to the instructions and print a test page. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the computer. That's one less thing to worry about on move-in day and the first week of classes!
Cedar Crest College, through our LVAIC affiliation, participates with Gateway, Dell, and Mac Computers in a Campus Agreement for purchasing personal computers for home use. This offer is available to Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, and Alumnae. Visit our personalized links below to view current sales and specials.
Lenovo is a division of IBM, and offers discounts on all IBM products, including the ThinkPad notebook.
Cedar Crest Apple Site
When accessing Apple's website, you may need to search for your school to begin. Use the zip code 18104, or search using Allentown, PA as your city and state.
Integra now offers discounted HP computers on their website. You will need to create a free account with them before viewing their inventory.
Offers Warrenty work on Compaq, HP, and IBM brand computers, and out of warranty repair on all brands of equipment which is billed on an hourly basis.
By shopping at Journey Education Marketing, qualified students or staff/faculty members* can save up to 75% off commercial software list prices.
*To purchase from Journey Education Marketing, you must be a qualified student or staff/faculty member.
Available to registered students, faculty, and staff only. Complete this form and submit to A-prompt Corporation to purchase academically priced products for personal use. Examples of products available are:
- Adobe: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, PageMaker, Acrobat (Writer), Acrobat Pro (Writer), Indesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Studio, Director, Authorware, Contribute
- AutoDesk: AutoCAD
- Intuit: QuickBooks Pro Academic edition
- Download a list of products and sample prices.