The Fall 2013 T430s laptop package is still available. You can obtain the order form here or from the VCC Help Desk. Return the completed order form to the VCC Help Desk.
New students who will begin classes in January 2014 may submit their orders by sending them to the address listed at the bottom of the order form. New students will be able to obtain their laptop packages shortly after their student status is confirmed.
Three Windows 8.1 Images Now Available
As of Wednesdsay, December 4, Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) images are available for the T430s, T430, and T410 MCP laptop models, and MCP participants may obtain the new Windows images from the VCC Help Desk. The Mobile Computing team is still working to complete the Windows 8.1 image for the T420 laptops and will make it available as soon as possible.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete and back up their semester coursework before re-imaging their laptops, as the W8 interface is different and it may be difficult to adjust too quickly. If you wait to re-image your laptop at the end of the semester, you will have the entire winter break period to acclimate to the new interface.
Why We've Gone Mobile
All undergraduates are required to have a laptop computer that meets Rensselaer specifications. The laptop computers are currently used in Math, Computer Science, Physics, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, and Freshmen Studies.
MBA and MS students in the Lally School of Management and Technology are also required to have laptop computers. All matriculated students -- both undergraduate and graduates, regardless of school -- may participate in the Mobile Computing Program.
You can connect your laptop computer to the network in the more than 50 classrooms around the campus, using both wired and wireless connections.
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 Program
The Mobile Computing Program offers a complete laptop package including a state-of-the-art ThinkPad that arrives pre-loaded with powerful software packages that many students require for their coursework, and which is also specially configured for easy connection to the Rensselaer network. Students also receive help configuring their new laptops right out of the box, so they're ready for their classes from Day One. What's more, the Mobile Computing package includes on-campus support for both hardware and software.
In short, through its partnership with Lenovo and leading software companies, the Mobile Computing Program is able to offer this laptop package at a substantially discounted purchase price. You will receive the greatest value for your dollar, as well as the on-campus repair and consulting facilities to help you get the most out of your laptop!