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I'm attending Neumont in 2012.  What laptop will I be using?
The details on the 2012 laptop have not yet been finalized. When more information is available, it will be posted on this page. To give you a general idea on the laptops used by students, below are the specifications for the model purchased by students. Do not purchase a laptop directly from Lenovo. The Neumont-approved model will be purchased by Neumont as a part of your enrollment process. Students will receive their laptop during new student orientation. The specifications below are subject to change.
Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (students starting in 2011)
  • Intel Core i7-2720QM 2.20 GHz - 4 cores, 6 MB L3 cache
  • 8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz SODIMM Memory
  • 500 GB Hard Drive @ 7200 RPM
  • 15.6" Full HD panel (1920 x 1080), anti-glare, LED backlight
  • NVIDIA Quadro 1000M, 2 GB DDR3 memory + onboard Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 9-cell extended life battery
  • Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3 AGN) Wireless Networking
  • DVD burner
  • Onboard Bluetooth adapter
  • Integrated HD 720p Webcam
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system
  • 3-year warranty with ThinkPad Protection/Accidental Damage Protection (battery has 1 year warranty)
A ThinkPad W520 unboxing and technical discussion can be seen on Lenovo's YouTube channel. You can also read a ThinkPad W520 review on Microsoft's TechNet blog site.
Why does Neumont require a specific laptop make/model?
Requiring a specific make and model of laptop has a few key advantages. First, it helps Neumont support your hardware quickly and efficiently. We handle all standard warranty service on-campus at no extra cost, which saves valuable time for our students. Second, having a large fleet of a specific model allows us to quickly gather data and apply fixes if needed to a large population. Lastly, it ensures consistency among students in the classroom learning process.
Wait a minute...I saw a laptop for sale at [BigBoxStore] for dirt cheap. What gives?
The inexpensive laptops typically found in large retail outlets aren't designed to meet the demands of our students. These lower-priced laptops have one primary design goal: beating the price of the competition. The components used are the cheapest available at the time of manufacture, and minimal time is spent testing component compatibility and overall durability.
In comparison, business-class laptops have the primary design goals of durability, high performance, and ease of service. The frames are reinforced, components extensively tested in various combinations, and they undergo more rigorous quality control checks. Workstation class laptops (such as the ThinkPad W520) also have components that are ISV certified by software vendors like Adobe and Autodesk, guaranteeing the software is compatible with the certified laptop hardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad? I've never heard of it...are these laptops any good?
The Lenovo ThinkPad is a durable, time-tested line of laptops. The ThinkPad's reputation for reliability, ease of service, and compatibility make it an especially good fit for Neumont's demanding environment. The ThinkPad is the laptop of choice for the International Space Station, NASA, and Himalayan expeditions. Many ThinkPads even meet the ruggedization standards for military computing.
Listed below are a few features that are unique to Lenovo ThinkPads
  • ThinkVantage Active Protection System.
  • A slew of suprisingly useful system tools.
  • Better than average driver support and community info for Linux distros.
  • A large user population in the academic, business, and scientific communities.
  • An engineering and design focus on mobility and durability.
  • Long-term committment to laptop models and compatibility. Most consumer grade laptops appear and disappear on the market in less than a year. Business grade laptops like the ThinkPad take a long-term approach to support, guaranteeing that fully-tested replacement parts are available for years after the release date of a typical model.
To learn more about the Lenovo ThinkPad, visit the Lenovo channel on YouTube.
Hmm...the ThinkPad sounds interesting. What else can you tell me?
A little research will show that this line of laptop has a pretty loyal following, especially among the technically-inclined. Consider the following:
  • The team that engineers the ThinkPad are avid bloggers. To find out more about the design process, visit the Design Matters blog.
  • The Yamato Thinking blog has some pretty interesting product engineering info, as well as the Inside the Box blog.
  • The ThinkPad lends itself to curious programmers. A quick Google search will show that there is plenty of fun to be had with the accelerometer, camera, fan control, Bluetooth, etc. Just don't do anything to void your warranty.
How do I order my laptop?
Neumont will order your laptop for you, and it will be issued to you during New Student Orientation a day or so before class begins. By ordering the laptops in batches directly through our Lenovo partnership, we are able to keep the cost to the student lower and ensure the laptops have the proper software installed and are working correctly on the first day of class.
When will my laptop be ordered?
Your laptop will be ordered as you complete your final enrollment steps. Our Encoding the Next website will provide you with more information on when your laptop is ordered.
When will I receive my laptop?
All laptops will be issued to new students during New Student Orientation, which is a day or so prior to the first day of class.
Can I go to the Lenovo website and purchase the laptop on my own?
Students cannot purchase their Neumont laptop through Lenovo's website. In order to ensure standardization of the model for consistency in the classroom and facilitating efficient support, Neumont orders all laptops for new students as a part of the enrollment process.
What if I enrolled late and my laptop doesn't arrive until after class begins?
Neumont has a limited number of service loaner laptops available for rental on a first-come first-served basis. The daily rental fee is $5 ($35 per week). These rental charges will be placed on your student account. You may rent one of our service loaners until your laptop arrives.
Can I install personal software on my new laptop?
Feel free to install anything you want, but remember: the laptop is supposed to be a reliable tool for your education, not a portable extreme gaming machine. If you install a bunch of junk on it, your computer might take longer to start Visual Studio than an old x386! We can't list every application that you can/can't install, but keep in mind it is a tool, not a toy.
When do I get my student network login and Neumont email address?
You will receive your Neumont network login (called a NUID) and email address during new student orientation. Student email addresses are generally in the format of first initial + last name @student.neumont.edu, and the NUID is generally first initial + last name. For instance, Gordon Freeman would have the NUID gfreeman and the email address gfreeman@student.neumont.edu. If another gfreeman already exists in our system, Gordon's NUID would be created as gofreeman (first two letters of first name + last name).