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How to Buy a New Computer
Penn faculty and staff, in consultation with their
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.
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
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
Products, Services, & Features
- 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