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Considerations for Purchasing Notebook & Tablet Computers

To provide faculty and staff with appropriate, high-quality, cost-effective computers and to provide support efficiently, Ag Communication Computer Services suggests certain computers be purchased. 

We are purchasing HP computers through the state contract for Extension cost-share and other purchases. These HPs are the business class of computers, which means that the hardware configuration usually stays the same for about 1½ years. This helps in support (warranty work) and pricing (stable figures). They have plenty of memory and speed to do nearly everybody's work, not like some inexpensive computers available online and at big-box stores. All these computers come with a four-year warranty that compliments a four-year cycle plan.EliteBook

Many staff are pleased with the HP EliteBook 850 G1. See the specs on the AITAG hardware baseline. With many staff purchasing this notebook, we can more quickly get the machine set up and troubleshoot problems if they occur.

Some people are wanting tablets instead of notebook computers, but here are some things to consider: 

  • An HP TouchPad weighs about 1 1/2 pounds, though the HP notebook weighs only 3 1/2 pounds. 
  • If something goes wrong inside your tablet, we can't open it and fix it like we can with a notebook. They're considered disposable in today's market. 
  • If you're going to buy a keyboard anyway, you might want to consider the laptop instead of the tablet. 
  • Consider how much memory you need on your machine. If you're using the Office 365 cloud storage, you may not need as much as if you're crunching numbers and saving photos or video files.

If you have any questions about purchasing computers, please contact us.

Blair Johnson, Jon Fry and Jerry Ranum, Desktop Support Specialists; ITS Help Desk, (701) 231-8685

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