Technology Information for Students

Overview of Bison PC Program Fall 2012

Nichols College has partnered with Lenovo to provide a good quality computer system at an affordable price. Students have the ability to choose from several different laptop and desktop configurations. The PC purchase transaction is strictly between Lenovo and the student. Orders are now being accepted for custom ThinkPad and ThinkCentre units. Please see the Lenovo web site for lead time in shipment and current pricing.

If you have any technical questions, please contact Nichols College Help Desk by calling (508) 213-2206 or e-mailing at If you have questions on order lead time or order processing, please call Lenovo at (877) 222-6426, option 1, ext 8153.


Lenovo's web portal has a configure-to-order or "Customize" environment. "Customize" gives students the ability to select from several different options to personalize their laptop or desktop. With immediate price updating, customizing the perfect system at the perfect price is easy.

T420s ThinkPad

T420s ThinkPadOur recommended choice of ThinkPads which offers outstanding performance, full functionality, and long battery life. This 14" ThinkPad is super thin and light, weighing less than 4 lbs. It comes standard with Intel Core i5-2520M Processor, 4GB RAM, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, Intel HD graphics, and 720p HD Camera. All systems come with a manufacturer's 3 year base warranty. However, Nichols College recommends purchasing the optional ThinkPad Protection, which also covers accidental damage (spills and drops).

M91p ThinkCentre

M91p ThinkCentre A  good quality desktop at an affordable price, which fits nicely on the desks in the residence halls.

Nichols College suggests also purchasing a 17" LCD Flat Panel monitor.

Microsoft Office for Windows and MAC

If needed, the student may purchase a Nichols licensed copy of Microsoft Office from the Nichols Bookstore at a significant discount from the standard store prices. The Nichols Bookstore has both the Windows (Professional Plus 2010) and MAC (Office 2011) versions.

Nichols Recommended Configuration

Should a student choose to bring a non-Nichols recommended Lenovo personal computer to Nichols College, the configurations are as follows:

Minimum Recommended Configuration

Minimum Optional Configuration

For Both Configurations Above (minimum recommendations)