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Laptop Comparison Table for Class of 2018


 

 
Dell Latitude E5440
Dell Latitude E5540
Lenovo ThinkPad T440p
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p
Apple
MacBook Pro 13"

Apple
MacBook Pro 15"

Comments
Processor
Intel i7 (2.1GHz)
4600U
Intel i7 (2.1GHz)
4600U
Intel i7 (2.9GHz) 4600M
Intel i7 (2.9GHz)
Intel i7 Dual Core (2.9GHz)
Intel i7 Quad Core (2.3GHz)
The 4600U is power efficient and will help with battery life. Quad Core is faster than Dual Core.
Operating System
Windows 8.x
Windows 8.x
Windows 8.x
Windows 8.x
MacOS 10.9x
MacOS 10.9x
 
Memory
8GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
 
Harddrive
500GB
Hybrid Drive
500GB
Hybrid Drive
500GB
Hybrid Drive
500GB
Hybrid Drive
1TB (5400rpm)
512GB Solid State Drive
Solid State Drives (SSD) are very fast to boot up and significantly less prone to hard drive crashes due to heavy handedness of running laptops. The Hybrid drives will boot up very quickly
LCD Screen
14"
Wide Screen HD Touchscreen (1600x900)
15.6"
Wide Screen FHD Touchscreen
(1920x1080)
14"
Wide Screen HD (1600x900)
15.6"
Wide Screen FHD
(1920x1080)
13"
Wide Screen (1280x800)
15"
Wide Screen Retina (2880x1800)
Screen size and weight are personal preferences. If you plan on carrying it around a lot, smaller is generally better. The touchscreen on the Dell laptops is a very nice feature (not needed for school). The retina screen on the 15" MacBook Pro is not needed for school.
Graphics Card
NVIDIA
GT 720M, 2GB
NVIDIA
GT 720M, 2GB
NVIDIA GeForce GT730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT730M
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
 
Webcam
Built-in
Built-in
Built-in
Built-in
Built-in
Built-in
 
Optical Drive
8X DVD+/-RW
8X DVD+/-RW
DVD Recordable
DVD Recordable
Superdrive 8x DVD+/-R DL/DVD +/-RW/CD-RW
No Internal DVD. You will have to buy one on your own, IF you need one. A DVD is not required for school.
The Macs support Dual Layer DVDs
Battery
One 9-cell Battery with a 3 year warranty
Up to 8.5 hours
One 9-cell Battery with a 3 year warranty
Up to 8 hours
One 9-cell Battery
One 9-cell Battery
One built-in up to 7-hour Battery
One built-in up to 8-hour Battery
The Dell battery warranty allows you to receive one free replacement battery during the 3 year period!
Battery life is based on maximum battery conservation. Your battery will most likely never last this long. It all depends on use of wireless, bluetooth, DVD and/or screen brightness.
Ethernet
Gigabit
Gigabit
Gigabit
Gigabit
Gigabit
Gigabit
 
Wireless
Bluetooth
Intel 802.11
ac
/a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Intel 802.11
ac
/a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Intel 802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Intel 802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11n is now available almost everywhere on campus. 802.11ac is the new standard and should be available in most large student areas by the start of classes.
Weight
~ 5 lbs
~ 6 lbs
~ 5 lbs
~ 6 lbs
~4.5 lbs
~ 4.46 lbs
 
Carrying
Case
Backpack
Backpack
Backpack
Backpack
Backpack
Backpack
 
Also Included in the Package
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Wireless Optical Mouse, Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Wireless Optical Mouse, Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Wireless Optical Mouse, Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Wireless Optical Mouse, Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Magic Mouse, MiniVGA Adpater, , Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
1TB External Hard Drive for backups, Magic Mouse, MiniVGA Adpater, Ethernet Adapter, Security Cable, Hard Drive Encryption license
 
Warranty
4 Year
Complete Care
4 Year
Complete Care
4 Year
Accidental Damage Protection
4 Year
Accidental Damage Protection
4 Year AppleCare Repair Agreement
4 Year AppleCare Repair Agreement
Dell's warranty covers all accidents. Lenovo's warranty covers accidents, but not abuse. Apple's does not cover accidents. See the FAQ page for more information on specific warranty coverage.
Price
$ 1,926.94
$ 1,961.61
$ 1,783.61
$ 1,838.61
$ 1,854.55
$ 2,983.54
Last Update: May 28, 2014