Computers, Software, and IT-Related Goods & Services

Pre-Configured Computers - Frequently Asked Questions

“I have been looking at the Buy Orange computer systems and I can get a cheaper price on the home computer class models than I can on the business class models. Why should I opt for the business class one instead?”

Better hardware: The quality of parts and overall construction of the business class machines is normally superior to that of the cheaper consumer class offerings. This includes higher speed hard drives, longer life batteries, better motherboard components, more efficient power supplies, and better overall construction. Because of this the machines tend to be more reliable and stay usable longer, making them a better value for the money. Additionally, this standardization of hardware allows IT support staff to build and configure the machines faster because they do not have to spend as much time searching for the drivers and applications needed to get the machine ready for use. This also means that if something does go wrong with one of these machines IT staff are able to troubleshoot and repair them quicker. These things together allow us to keep downtime to a minimum and extend the lifetime of the computer out to 3-5 years.

Better warranty: Many consumer class laptops come with a standard one year warranty. If a part in or on the laptop fails after the warranty coverage has expired it can be very expensive (often more than the difference in initial savings) to get a replacement part and have it installed. It is also typical for the standard warranties to exclude accidental damage. If you accidently drop or spill coffee onto your laptop the basic warranty will often not cover the repair cost or cost of parts. This is the reason we recommend the additional accidental damage coverage as well as the basic parts and service warranty and why Buy Orange products have a 4 year warranty.

Pre-Configured Computers

Pre-negotiated pricing has been achieved with Apple, Dell and HP for pre-configured computers based on annual volume and purchase data at Oregon State University and is reviewed each year. Pricing remains constant until stock changes, so you may order one or multiple computers at the same price until these machines are no longer offered. Actual models and pricing offered will be updated within the manufacturer's respective website to reflect changes in technology.

The intent of these pre-configured computers is to meet a majority of the needs on campus to reduce administrative costs and time spent in both procurement and technical support, and is NOT intended to be the only machines acquired on campus.

Speak with your local departmental computer administrator (DCA or CN support team) to determine your technical needs; they may also assist you with on-line quoting and technical consultation.

Contact your business center or finance person to determine your departmental computer ordering and budget approval process.

Pre-Configured Computers - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Procurement at (541) 737-4261 and ask for the computer contract administrator.