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How to Buy a New Computer

Penn faculty and staff, in consultation with their local support provider (LSP), are encouraged to purchase desktop and laptop computers and printers from Penn's preferred vendors, listed below. These vendors, chosen following extensive negotiations, offer the lowest possible pricing on selected products.

Formal preferred contract pricing contracts have been negotiated with several suppliers to accommodate the range of purchase strategies in use on campus. In order to reduce support costs and improve service, individual schools and units typically standardize on a limited number of suppliers. It is very important, therefore, that you consult your LSP before making a purchase. Detailed recommendations are available to LSPs to assist them in making recommendations for their units. For personally owned machines, and where local standards do not exist, the bundles offered by the Computer Connection reflects campus desktop recommendations and are likely to satisfy most needs.

We strongly recommend that you choose a network certified machine. Systems designated "network certified" have been tested thoroughly for compatibility in network environments, and they feature stable, high-quality components. The greater reliability of these systems results in better problem resolution and lower overall support costs. Low-cost PCs, in contrast, are built with a mix of components selected on the basis of low cost and availability, and are generally subject to less rigorous standards and testing.

Recommend Suppliers Products, Services, & Features
Computer Connection
  • Sells academically-priced hardware, including custom configurable Dell and Apple products, and Hewlett Packard products
  • Sells software, accessories, and related supplies
  • Convenient campus location
  • Availability of low-priced bundles and special orders
  • Serves as a Pennsylvania based supplier as required by some research sponsors
  • No-charge on-campus delivery and warehousing of medium to large volume orders

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