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Laptop Program: Purchasing Advice
Updated: 12 August 2018 04:49 PM
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Where do I buy my Laptop?

Join our Canvas Course to learn about purchasing options for 2018.

Considering purchasing an Apple MacBook Pro?

Strong Recommendations: 

  • 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.
  • If you're considering the 13" MacBook Pro, look to the Touch Bar model which ships with Intel 8th Generation quad-core processors. The cheaper, non-Touch Bar options ship with 7th Generation dual-core i5 processors.

Considering purchasing a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1?

  • The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 looks like a fantastic computer, however, we're currently evaluating it
  • The Dell Precision 2-in-1 is not available until August, is nearly identical except ships with superior AMD Vega Graphics.
  • Don't care for a 2-in-1 for drawing on the screen? The Dell Precision 5530 is a more powerful laptop than the Dell XPS 15

 

  Specs  13" MacBook Pro (Touch Bar model)13" Surface Book 215" MacBook Pro15" Surface Book 2Dell XPS 2-in-1Dell Precision 5530
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core with up to 4.20 GHz Max Turbo 2.6GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz 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 655 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB GDDR5 graphics memory 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 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 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 Laptop Mag: 2018 13" MacBook Pro 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 $223 for 3 Years of Applecare.
1 Year for hardware defects.
Additional $249 for two years with accidental damage protection.
1 Year Applecare.
Additional $303 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)* $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $3,500.00 $3,400.00 $2,800.00 $2,800.00

You may purchase your laptop anywhere, however, the store with the best prices, best experience and best support that work with OCAD U are listed in our Laptop Program Canvas Course.