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Our academic pricing is discounted up to 20% for hardware compared to retail prices for the identical product. Our price already includes the warranty required to receive on-campus service.

Although computers are not required, it is strongly recommended that you have one. Email, internet research, class information posted on the web, instant messaging, writing papers, and completing coursework are some of the uses for a computer at college. Computer labs are available on-campus, but nothing can beat the convenience of your own computer and printer. You will find having your own computer a very valuable investment.
A Dell system comes with the MS Windows 10 operating system. A Macintosh computer comes with Mac OS, iLife and iWorks. Additional software, printer, cables, and peripherals are available at the Madison CyberZone and are sold separately, often at discounted pricing.

You should consider getting a laptop sleeve, color inkjet printer, USB printer cable, a good surge protector, and a USB thumb drive. All of these items are available at the Madison CyberZone.

You do not need to purchase MS Office. JMU provides Microsoft Office 365 to all enrolled JMU students.  For more information, visit

Latitude and Precision laptops are Dell's enterprise level systems. They are designed to provide the most reliable performance for the lowest total cost of ownership. These systems are thoroughly tested, designed for high-speed networks like our campus network and use consistent parts throughout the life of each model. They are easy to service and have proven reliability. They are built to be carried around and used every day, anywhere, for several years. 

Inspiron laptops are Dell's consumer and home use systems.  They are designed to provide the lowest initial price. They are not tested as thoroughly and use varying components through the life of each system depending on the cost of components at build time. They tend to be less reliable and more difficult and more expensive to service. They are built to be carried from room to room in your home and to be taken on the occasional vacation.

With our academic discount, our price for Latitude and Precision laptops is close to (and sometimes lower than) the price for equally equipped and warrantied Inspiron laptops. When you account for the durability and reduced down-time of the Latitude and Precision, they are the better buy.

First, check our website ( for our latest offerings and pricing. Then, call the Madison CyberZone at 800-280-7543 or 540-568-3989 and we will take your order right over the phone. If you want assistance with customizing your Dell or Apple configuration, just call us and we will custom configure a system for you. All orders must be made through the Madison CyberZone to take advantage of our special academic pricing.
During the summer, we try to carry most of our recommended systems in stock at the Madison CyberZone so you can order and pick up your computer on the same day. This year, due to the global chip shortage, we are running low on our standard configurations and some computer orders are taking 4-8 weeks to arrive. We recommend you order your computer as soon as you can to minimize the time you may need to go without a computer at the beginning of the school year. To prevent a computer from shipping home while a student is at school, we will change the delivery method for all affected computer orders to in-store pickup. If the computer arrives early, we will contact you and give you the option to ship it home for free.

If you have questions and want to make sure you get the best computer for your time at JMU, it is recommended that you wait until your Springboard Orientation session in June or July. At your session, you will hear from representatives from JMU's Information Technology Department with their recommendations for the best system to have supported at school. You will also meet with your advisor and others within your chosen major who will have additional recommendations. You will have the opportunity to see the latest Dell and Apple systems available from the Madison CyberZone and be able to ask additional questions. You will still have time to place your order and receive your computer in time for the start of school. View current academic departmental recommendations here.

If you want to beat the rush and you know what computer you want, call the Madison CyberZone for a consultation and we will help you order the best system to meet your major’s recommendations and get the computer to you as soon as possible.

On-campus residents can register for an account at Apogee, the campus ResNet provider, at Once you’ve created a unique username and password, you can log in and access the ResNet on the day you arrive on campus. If you need additional information, please contact Apogee Support at 855-410-7377, email, text ResNet to 84700, or chat live at By the way, all computers sold by the Madison CyberZone meet the requirements for Apogee ResNet.
The Madison CyberZone carries printers and accessories from Epson, HP, and Canon. Need cables? We have printer, USB, HDMI, Lightning, Thunderbolt, power and many more. Additional accessories include phonecases, external hard drives, headsets, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, USB thumb drives, mice, keyboards, laptop sleeves and much more. If we don't have what you're looking for in stock, we can usually order it and have it for you in a few days. We strive to carry all items that you'll need for your computer so you can be successful and enjoy using your computer.

Due to industry trends, availability and pricing on all items is subject to change or discontinuation at any time without prior notice. For these reasons, we reserve the right to cancel any order at any time. The price on the date you place the order is final. All purchases are subject to state sales tax. Purchase of academically priced merchandise is for eligible JMU students, parents, faculty and staff only, and requires a valid JMU ID Card or other proof of eligibility.

  1. DOA's:
    If your system is Dead-On-Arrival, you must notify the Madison CyberZone within 1 business day of receiving your computer to qualify for a return or replacement. The Madison CyberZone will provide you with a return label to the JMU Bookstore for the DOA computer and will order you a new replacement computer or refund your purchase depending on your preference and the availability of a replacement. Contacting the manufacturer directly usually complicates and delays the replacement process.

  2. Return Policies / Exchanges:
    Apple and Dell branded products may be returned or exchanged within 14 days of receipt, with original packaging, and in re-salable or returnable condition (unless Dead-On-Arrival). A restocking fee will apply for all non-DOA hardware and printer returns and exchanges: 10% Closed Box, 20% Open Box. Software and media cannot be returned once the seal is broken. All products are covered by manufacturer's warranty and terms vary. For printer service, contact the manufacturer directly.

  3. Hardware Warranty Repair:
    While at JMU, bring your computer to the Madison CyberZone at the JMU Bookstore for hardware warranty service. If away from JMU, call AppleCare Support for Education at 800-800-2775 option 3 or Dell at 866-456-0827.

    IMPORTANT!: Dell’s hardware warranties do not cover viruses, spyware, downloads, drivers, operating systems or other software issues. You would need to pay for software services. AppleCare Support will assist you with MAC OS and other Apple-branded software issues at 800-800-2775 option 3.

Apple computers sold by the Madison CyberZone with AppleCare+ for Mac are covered for a total of three years from the date of purchase. AppleCare+ includes 24 hour phone support from Apple for questions on using Apple branded hardware and software. Service coverage is available only for Mac and its original included accessories for protection against (i) defects in materials or workmanship, (ii) batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity, and (iii) up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling of your Mac, each incident being subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. If your Mac has catastrophic damage from an accident or is inoperable after unauthorized modifications, you will need to buy a replacement. Complete terms and conditions are posted here.

Dell computers sold by the Madison CyberZone with Dell's four year Pro Support Plus with accidental damage protection warranty are covered for a total of four years from the date of purchase. Dell Pro Support Plus covers parts and labor for hardware repairs due to manufacturing defects or normal use. Accidental damage protection covers up to one repair per contract year due to accidental damage for four years.  Pro Support Plus offers limited phone support for third-party software problems and Windows problems. Pro Support Plus with accidental damage protection does not cover virus/malware removal, Windows reinstallation by a technician or cosmetic damage that does not affect the function of the computer (scratches, dents, loosening hinges, etc). Complete terms and conditions are posted hereDell batteries are considered consumable and are typically covered for one year from the date of purchase.

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