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Updated: 21 August 2019 02:26 PM
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Where do I buy my Laptop?

Considering purchasing an Apple MacBook Pro?

Strong Recommendations: 

  • If you're considering the 13" MacBook Pro, look to the 1.4Ghz model, and spend any additional budget upgrading the RAM and Storage.
  • If you are in Industrial Design, Environmental Design, Material Art & Design, Digital Futures (Undergrad or Graduate), Integrated Media, Digital Painting and Expanded Animation or if you plan to run Windows software, we strongly recommend you consider Windows PC options.

Apple

Online: OCAD University Recommended Systems

Purchase your Apple MacBook Pro on our special OCAD University Recommended Systems Apple Storefront. All computers have Apple's educational discount.

In Person: Apple Store Eaton Centre

Simply show your OCAD U Student ID to get Apple Education Pricing at the Apple Store to a staff member, who can provide Apple Education pricing and useful advice.

220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1. (647) 258-0801. Driving directions and map (Links to an external site.)

Apple Store Eaton Centre

Microsoft Surface Pro or Book 2

Online: Microsoft Store Online

This option is best for students who want to buy their Surface Pro or Surface Book 2 online because they live outside the Greater Toronto Area. Be sure to purchase a warranty from Microsoft and include accidental damage if you can afford it.

In Person: Microsoft Store at the Eaton Centre

Simply show your OCAD U Student ID at the Microsoft Store at the Eaton Centre to get Educational Pricing.

220 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1. (647) 775-1480. Get directions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Store hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00pm - 9:30pm. Sat: 9:30am - 9:30pm. Sun: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, Precision 5530, Precision 5540

Online: Dell.ca

We recommend you purchase your Dell from Dell at https://www.dell.com/en-ca or at one of the links below through our partner, CDW.ca. If you choose to purchase your computer directly from Dell, please ensure you purchase Dell ProSupport warranty at time of purchase: this is a fantastic professional warranty for your computer, and if you can afford it, accidental damage coverage. Dell ProSupport is included in the CDW.ca options below. 

Dell Precision 5530

Online: OCAD U CDW.ca store

15.6" Ultrasharp UHD IGZO4, 3840x2160, Touch
Intel Core i7-8850H Six Core 2.60GHz, 4.30GHz Turbo, 9MB 45W
Nvidia Quadro P2000 w/4GB GDDR5
Intel Wifi Link 9260 2x2 802.11AC+BT 5.0 vPro Wireless Card
Win 10 Pro 64 –Bit English
16GB RAM
512GB SSD Storage
3 Years Onsite ProSupport: 7x24 Technical Support
$2,872.00

Dell Precision 5530 2 in 1

Online: OCAD U CDW.ca store

Convertible Laptop
15.6 inch UltraSharp FHD IGZO4 (1920x1080) Touch Wide View Anti-Glare LED-backlit
Intel® Core i5-8305G with Radeon Pro WX graphics, 4 Core, 6M Cache, 2.80GHz up to 3.8GHz Turbo,65W Vpro
Intel® 8265 802.11ac [2x2] wireless for Vpro + Bluetooth 4.1
Win 10 Pro 64 –Bit English
8GB RAM
256 SSD
3 Years Onsite ProSupport: 7x24 Technical Support
$2,525.00

 

2019 Models 

  Specs  13" MacBook Pro (minimum)13" Surface Book 2 (minimum)15" MacBook Pro (best)15" Surface Book 2Dell 5530 2-in-1Dell 5530
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core processor, 3.6GHz Max Turbo 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core processor, 4.2GHz Max Turbo 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8705G quad-core Processor Intel Core i7-8850H 6-Core 2.60GHz, 4.30GHz Turbo
RAM 8GB 8GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB
Storage 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 512GB SSD 256GB 256GB 256GB
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645

Intel® HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU (on Intel® i5-8350U model)

Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 graphics memory Radeon(TM) RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB Nvidia Quadro P2000 w/4GB GDDDR5
Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution 13.5” PixelSense Display, Resolution: 3000 x 2000, (267 PPI), 10-point multi-touch G5 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution  15” PixelSense™ Display, 3240 x 2160, (260 PPI), 10 point multi-touch G5 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch IPS 100% sRGB 400-Nits display 15.6" Ultrasharp FHD IPS Non-Touch (1920x1080) Wide 
Ports Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports 2 x USB type-A (version 3.1 Gen 1)
1 x USB type-C (version 3.1 Gen 1 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
3.5mm headphone jack
2 x Surface Connect ports
Full-size SDXC card reader
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports 2 x USB type-A (version 3.1 Gen 1)
1 x USB type-C (version 3.1 Gen 1 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
3.5mm headphone jack
2 x Surface Connect ports
Full-size SDXC card reader
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports Memory card reader,
USB 3.1 Gen 1 port,
Battery-status button, Security lock,
Power adapter port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3
Headphone jack
Reviews Engadget: This is the one Laptop Mag: 13" Surface Book 2 MacWorld Review Laptop Mag: 15" Surface Book 2 Laptop Mag: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Review

Not available yet: Product Overview and Quick Look

Warranty 1 Year Applecare.
Additional $239 for 3 Years of Applecare.
1 Year for hardware defects.
Additional $249 for two years with accidental damage protection.
1 Year Applecare.
Additional $335 for 3 Years of Applecare.
1 Year for hardware defects.
Additional $249 for two years with accidental damage protection.
3 Year Next Business day On-site Prosupport included 3 Year Next Business day On-site Prosupport included
Approximate Price (before tax)* $2039 $1729 $3,584 $2,849 TBA
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