Lawrence Technological University, a pioneer in providing loaded laptops to all undergraduate students, has just upgraded the hardware.
Students in LTU’s College of Business and Information Technology, and most majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be receiving new Fujitsu T938 Lifebook laptops, which offer 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB solid state hard drive, and an HD 13.3-inch display. Students in most programs of the LTU College of Engineering received these computers a year ago. The computers retail for about $1,800. LTU’s computers also come with a four-year warranty that includes coverage for accidental damage, a feature not available at most stores. (A less-broad three-year warranty is available online for about $300.)
Students in the College of Architecture and Design will receive new HP X360 ZBook laptops, which offer 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB hard drive, a 15.6-inch 4G display with nearly 8.3 million pixels, and a touch screen with more than 4,000 pressure points for precision drawing. These computers retail for about $2,000, and also include the four-year warranty. (A three-year warranty on these computers online is about $450.)
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences media communications program, the College of Architecture’s graphic design program, and the College of Engineering’s audio engineering technology program will receive Apple MacBook Pro laptops with 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB hard drive, and a 15-inch Retina display with about 5.2 million pixels. These computers retail for about $2,400, and also include the broad four-year warranty. (A standard three-year warranty adds about $400 if bought at retail.)
The laptops also come fully loaded with professional-grade software identical to what the students will use in their future workplaces—software that would cost up to $100,000 for an individual to buy without a student or employer discount.
All undergraduate and Master of Architecture students pursuing degrees at LTU are eligible to receive the hardware and software under the university’s LTuZone program. All hardware must be returned at the end of each academic year or when a student withdraws from LTU.
Lawrence Tech started providing laptops to students in the fall of 2000, becoming one of the nation’s first universities to do so.