Did you purchase your student's laptop through a college/university sponsored program?
We need to purchase a new laptop for our son to take to college in a few weeks. He will be attending UNCG and they strongly recommend purchasing either a Lenovo or Apple laptop through their sponsored program. Note: these are NOT purchased through the university bookstore; rather, the school website directs you to a special portal with either Lenovo or Apple to get one of their "program" options. The school makes it clear that students with "program" laptops receive IT help on campus, loaners if their unit needs repair, backup and restoration services, and a 3-year warranty plus various required software. Students who purchase elsewhere are expected to purchase software and get technical support elsewhere, too. So far I have not been able to make a clear comparison on prices because the school's website does not list model numbers, just specifications of each model offered. My question is, are these generally a good deal? Has anyone else purchased through a similar program and what are your thoughts?