Quinnipiac University

Apple Laptops

Recommended Models

There are several advantages to purchasing a Mac laptop through the Quinnipiac University Apple Store:

  • Recommended systems include 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan

  • Ability to designate to pick up the computer at your local Apple Retail Store or have it shipped directly to you

To purchase a Quinnipiac-recommended Mac, click on the Buy Now link below. For more information on the specific configuration of each model, please view the comparison chart below.

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Model Comparison Chart

Details MacBook Air MacBook Pro
Price $1,258 $2,098
Warranty 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan - Auto-enroll
Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS and True Tone technology

2560 x 1600 pixels
14.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display

3024 x 1964 pixels
Processor Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
Memory 16 GB of unified memory
Battery Built-in 49.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

Up to 15 hours of wireless web
Built-in 70-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

Up to 11 hours of wireless web
Storage 256 GB solid state drive 512 GB solid state drive
Touch ID Touch ID sensor
Expansion Two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports

720p FaceTime HD camera

Thunderbolt 4 ports with native DisplayPort output over USB-C and support for HDMI,

Thunderbolt 2/miniDisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connections (adapters sold separately)

No HDMI port

1080p FaceTime HD camera

Thunderbolt 4 ports with native DisplayPort output over USB-C and support for HDMI,

Thunderbolt 2/miniDisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connections (adapters sold separately)

HDMI port with support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
Audio Stereo speakers

Three-microphone array with directional beamforming

3.5mm headphone jack
High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers

Studio-quality three-microphone array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming

3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Input Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor

Force Touch trackpad with pressure-sensing capabilities
0.63 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches 0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71 inches
Weight 2.8 pounds 3.5 pounds


Frequently Asked Questions

A recommended laptop is purchased at a discount and includes a comprehensive three-year hardware warranty, including accidental damage coverage. The Dell warranty includes free next-day on-site repair for all hardware problems, including problems caused by accidental damage. Mac laptops come with AppleCare+, which provides free hardware repairs for non-accidental damage and discounted repairs for accidental damage at an Apple Store.

Technical assistance and support for software problems are available, regardless of what laptop a student has, but hardware support is limited for non-recommended models.

Even if you do not purchase a recommended laptop, please be aware that you are still eligible to download Microsoft Office, antivirus software, and other commonly used applications for free on MyQ.

The recommended laptops are prepared and shipped by the manufacturer and do not come with any Quinnipiac-licensed software preinstalled. However, Microsoft Office, antivirus software, and other commonly used applications are available to download for free via MyQ. Please visit the Frequently Requested Software page on MyQ for more information on available software.

Consider what you need in a laptop and then compare that to each model's features. Here are some examples of questions to consider:

  • Does your major encourage students to use Windows or Mac laptops? If you are not sure, ask someone from your department what they recommend.
  • How often are you going to carry your laptop with you? If you want to bring it with you everywhere, you might want to purchase a lightweight laptop.
  • Do you plan to store a lot of large files, such as pictures and videos, on your computer? If so, you should either choose a laptop with a lot of storage space or consider purchasing an external drive to store large files you do not use frequently.

There are many other factors to consider when making your decision. If you need advice or have a question about a particular model, please call 203-582-HELP (4357) or submit a Technology Help Request.

It depends on what you want to use with your laptop. A few recommended accessories are:

  • USB-C adapter - If you are planning to purchase a MacBook Pro, please consider also purchasing a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter. This model of Mac contains four USB-C ports, but no USB-A ports, meaning standard USB thumb drives cannot be plugged into it.
  • External CD/DVD player - If you want to play DVDs or CDs on your laptop sometimes, you could purchase an external CD/DVD drive that you could plug into a USB port.
  • External hard drive - If you need extra storage space or want to do regular backups of your computer, purchasing an external USB drive with lots of storage space is a great idea.

Payment options vary for each laptop manufacturer:

  • Apple laptops can be purchased via credit card or via Apple gift cards. Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Financing is also available for Apple laptops. (This option will be presented during checkout.)
  • Dell laptops can be purchased via credit card or via mailed cashier's check. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.

Financing is available only for Apple laptops and this option is presented during checkout.

You should have your laptop delivered to your home. Because of export laws and license restrictions, laptop manufacturers will not ship a computer outside the United States. If you do not have an address within the U.S., you will need to make alternate arrangements to have the laptop shipped to your Quinnipiac address or another U.S. address.

Yes, a family can request additional PLUS Loan (parent loan) or alternative loan funds for computer-related expenses. Just include the cost of the computer when applying for your loan, and send the Office of Financial Aid proof of purchase to support the additional costs, so it can certify the appropriate amount on your loan. For entering students, federal regulations require all loan proceeds to be disbursed no earlier than 30 days after the beginning of the semester. Students will need to take this into consideration when purchasing a computer. Grant aid is not available for these purchases. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 203-582-8750 or 800-462-1944, or by email at finaid@qu.edu.