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Recommendations

ITS recommends the following technologies (based on frequently asked questions)

Free Stuff

Windows 10 for students

  • Using our Kivuto portal can you get you a free (students) or heavily discounted (employees) version of Windows 10.

Microsoft Office for students, faculty, and staff

Discounts

Colorado College partners with both Dell and Apple to provide small discounts to our community for personal purchases.

We recommend purchasing a computer from an online store and having it shipped as the best option. We find online stores preferable primarily because the items are built to order and so are more "brand new," and they don't come with as much pre-installed junk (called bloatware), and there are more options for configuring your purchase just how you want it.

We do not recommend chromebooks.

Prices for basic computers have really come down in recent years, and in the case of both Dell and Apple, starting with the cheapest base model and bumping up the specs a little bit is fine for the majority of things that an average person uses a computer for.  

We suggest getting a solid state (or flash-based) hard drive that's at least 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM.

Here's an example dell laptop that will accomplish the normal minimum tasks that a CC student would need. It won't be the fastest or best computer, but it's a good deal for a low price. Note that storage space may be an issue, but can be augmented with an external hard drive or flash drive.

Colorado College partners with both Dell and Apple to provide small discounts to our community for personal purchases.

Webcam

The Logitech C270 HD webcam does all the basics you'll need for a low price and is compatible across most systems.

Headset

The Logitech H390 USB headset is a great value for the cost and will help you listen better if there is background noise distracting you. It's also especially good for the microphone, which will pick up your voice much better (and with much less backgrond noise) than a standard webcam microphone.

Printer

The HP Laserjet Pro M102w is a great basic laser printer for a low price. Note that this printer is B&W only and has no other functions. Laser printers use toner instead of ink, which is much more efficient and better for the environment.

Audio Transcription

For uploading a video and having the audio transcribed to a text file, we recommend VoiceBase, which is currently hosted by cielo24: https://cielo24.com/self-service-welcome/

ITS: recommends individuals to help you with your home computer or personal technology gadgets upon request - email us at its@coloradocollege.edu or give us a call 719.389.6449.  We also recommend some local businesses.

Recommended Local Businesses

Voelker Research – Voelker Research has been serving the Apple and Apple Macintosh community since 1985. As an independent and locally owned business, we strive to provide top quality sales, service, and support for all Apple  and Apple related products and peripherals. We are totally devoted to selling and supporting the Macintosh! We are located at 5026 North Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

Skis Technical Support – Owned and operated by a Colorado Spings local, Skis Technical Support does a great job. If you want to support a local small business, this is a great choice.

CityMac – CityMac is a local, Authorized Apple Reseller and Authorized Apple Service Center, offering warranty and out of warranty repairs for your Mac computer. Colorado College Students, Faculty, Administrators and Staff members will receive Service Center discounts of 10% on out of warranty labor charges. MacSuperstore also honors education discounts on hardware purchases, in store.

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