Back 2 School 2017 - Recommended Systems


The following systems are our recommendations for the incoming class. We expect these systems to provide the performance students will need over the next 4 years.


Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro
(Without Touch Bar)

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Dell XPS 13

Model # MPXT2LL/A - Space Gray
MPXU2LL/A - Silver
DAH-00001 - Platinum 210-AJJH
Processor 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7360U 2.3GHz (4MB Cache, up to 3.6GHz) 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300U 2.6GHz (3MB Cache, up to 3.5GHz) 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz (3MB Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
Screen 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-Backlit Display with IPS Technology; 2560-by-1600 Native Resolution at 227 Pixels Per Inch 13.5-inch (diagonal) PixelSense Touch Display; 2256-by-1504 Native Resolution at 201 Pixels Per Inch 13.3-inch (diagonal) QHD+ InfinityEdge Touch Display; 3200-by-1800 Native Resolution at 276 Pixels Per Inch
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive 256GB Solid State Drive 256GB Solid State Drive
Optical Drive None None None
Warranty 90 Days of Free Telephone Support and a One-Year Limited Warranty One-Year Limited Warranty (Mail-In) One-Year Limited Warranty (Mail-In after Remote Diagnosis)
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Webcam 720p FaceTime HD Camera 720p HD Camera with Windows Hello Face Sign-In 720p Widescreen HD Camera
Audio Dual Microphones, Stereo Speakers with High Dynamic Range, 3.5mm Headphone Jack Stereo microphones, Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium, 3.5mm Headphone Jack Dual Array Digital Microphones, Stereo Speakers Professionally Tuned with Waves MaxxAudio®, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless Networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Compatible 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless Networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Compatible 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless Networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0 LE Bluetooth 4.1
Operating System macOS Sierra Windows 10 S Windows 10 Home
Input Full-size Backlit Keyboard, Force Touch Trackpad Alcantara®-Covered Backlit Keyboard, Precision Trackpad Full-size Backlit Keyboard, Precision Trackpad
Connections & Expansion Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Ports with Support for: Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect Compatible with Surface Dial Off-screen Interaction Two USB 3.0 Ports (One with PowerShare), Thunderbolt™ 3 Port, SD Card Slot, Noble Lock Slot
Battery 54.5WHr, Built-In 45.2WHr, Built-In 60WHr, Built-In
Weight 3.02 lbs 2.76 lbs 2.9 lbs
Dimensions 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches 0.57 x 12.13 x 8.79 inches 0.60 x 11.98 x 7.88 inches

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View all of Apple's standard configurations at the links below or contact us to custom build a system that's right for you.

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