Bear Essentials stores carry many of the essentials you need to succeed with your studies and more! You’ll find:
- Course material requirements (new, used, electronic or rental textbooks, kits and uniforms)
- A great selection of bestsellers and reference books
- Art supplies, stationery, giftware
- Stamps, bus passes, lockers and phone cards
- Specialty items such as rings and diploma frames
We are an authorized reseller for numerous software and hardware manufacturers, offering many special educational discounts. Our Barrie Campus location is also an authorized service centre. See Technology to learn more.
Bear Essentials stores are located at Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. You can also shop online at georgianstores.com.
Bear Essentials Technology is located on the main floor of the Administrative Building (C Building) of the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. Selected computer products are also available through the Bear Essential locations in Orillia and Owen Sound.
- Store: 705.722.1570
- Service Centre: 705.728.1968 ext. 5556
Buying a Computer? Check us out first!
Purchasing a computer can be an intimidating experience. At Bear Essentials, our mandate is to serve the students of Georgian College, and we believe a computer purchase is an investment in your education. We’ll help you make an informed computer choice with an emphasis on “service and value.”
Georgian College students are eligible for academically priced software. You can save anywhere from 10% to 90% off selected titles from such major software companies as: Adobe, AutoDesk, Microsoft, and Quark.
At the Bear Essentials Barrie location we offer a variety of printers, scanners, brand name laptops and tablets. We have Windows based systems from Fujitsu and Asus. Looking for a product that’s not listed? Ask us; we can special order selected products from Canon, Epson, HP, LaCie, Lenovo, LG, Logitech, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and many more.
Consumables & Accessories
We carry at all our Bear Essentials locations a selection of competitively priced inks, photo paper, speakers, ear buds, headsets, cables, keyboards, mice and Wacom graphics tablets. We also sell a variety of storage media such as blank CDs, DVDs, mini-DVD’s, external hard drives, SD Memory Cards, MicroSD Memory Cards and USB flash drives.
We work closely with the Centre for Access and Disability Services at Georgian College, providing students with adaptive technologies software and hardware designed to facilitate and enhance the learning experience. We carry or can special order such products as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 3000, Inspiration, ZoomText Magnifier, Franklin Language Master handheld units and KNFB Readers. We sell laptop systems tested to work with this unique software and, for a fee, can install it for you. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask us; we can probably special order it in for you.
Student Pricing and You!
No doubt about it, education is expensive. What you may not know is that many companies offer their software to qualifying students at reduced prices for their academic use.*Academically priced software is available through Bear Essentials. Academic guidelines vary from company to company; please confirm with Bear Essentials what type of documentation is required for the software you are looking to purchase.
Adaptive Technologies Software
- Inspiration V9 Personal Edition $49.00
Other titles available by special order; please contact the store for current pricing and availability.
Adobe Student & Teacher Editions
- Acrobat XI Professional Mac $149.95
- Acrobat XI Professional Win $149.95
- Photoshop Lightroom 5 Mac/Win $95.95
- Adobe Creative Cloud 12-month prepaid membership $269.95
For eligibility requirements, visit: www.adobe.com/go/eligibility
Microsoft Office University
- Microsoft Office 365 University $79.95
- Microsoft Office Mac 2011 (Mac) $99.95
Proof of academic eligibility required post-purchase.Are you a Georgian College employee? If so, you may be eligible to purchase a Home Use license of Microsoft Office. For more details, please visit the Employee Intranet: http://my.georgiancollege.ca/InformationTechnology/Pages/microsoft-home-office-purchase.aspx and log in using your Georgian credentials. For questions about this program, please contact the IT Help Desk at 705-728-1968 ext. 1732
Nuance Academic Software
- Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred (Win) 12 Academic Version $199.95
Proof of academic eligibility required post-purchase.
Pricing current as of June 23, 2014 and subject to change without notice. Tax extra. Any software title not carried in stock is considered a special order item; it must be prepaid for in full and is a final sale item.
Republic of Gamers
- G550JK-DB71 $1299
15.6″ FHD Display, Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 850M Video Card w/ 2GB, 750GB HD, DL DVD±RW/CD-RW, 802.11AC Wireless, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (64bit)
- G750JZ-DB73 $2399
17.3″ FHD Display, Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 24GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 880M Video Card w/ 4GB, 256GB SSD + 1TB HD, Blu-Ray Writer enabled DL DVD±RW/CD-RW, Killer LAN 802.11AGN, HD Webcam Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (64bit)
- UX303LN-DB71T $1399
13.3″ QHD+ Display + Touch, Intel Core i7-4510U, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 840M Video Card w/ 2GB, 256GB SSD, 802.11AGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (64bit)
- K550LNV-DB71 $899
15.6″ HD screen; Intel Core i7-4510U; 8GB RAM; NVIDIA GT840M Video Card w/ 2GB; 750GB Hard Drive; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW; 802.11GBN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (64bit)
- T100TA-DH14T $499
10.1″ IPS HD Display + Touch, Intel Bay Trail Z3740, 2GB RAM, Intel GMA HD Video Card, 64GB SSD + 500GB HD, 802.11AGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (32bit), Office Home & Student 2013
- S451LA-DS51T $799
14.1″ HD LED Display + Touch; Intel Core i5-4200U; 6GB RAM; Intel GMA HD video card; 500GB Hard Drive; 802.11BGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8 (64bit)
- X200MA-DS91T $469
11.6″ HD Display + Touch; Intel Pentium Quad Core N3520; 4GB RAM; Intel GMA HD video card; 500GB Hard Drive; 802.11BGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1 (64bit)
- P550CA-XS31 $639
15.6″ HD Display, Intel Core i3-3217U, 4GB RAM, Intel UMA Video Card, 500GB HD, DL DVD±RW/CD-RW, 802.11BGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 7 Pro (64bit) installed w/ Windows 8 Pro COA (downgrade rights)
- P550CA-XS51 $729
15.6″ HD Display, Intel Core i5-3337U, 4GB RAM, Intel UMA Video Card, 500GB HD, DL DVD±RW/CD-RW, 802.11BGN, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 7 Pro (64bit) installed w/ Windows 8 Pro COA (downgrade rights)
In a time when most PCs are assembled by third-party vendors, Fujitsu takes pride in its own world-class design, rigorous testing, and manufacturing capabilities. Fujitsu provides extremely high quality mobile computers with one of the lowest failure rates in the industry.
Georgian College students can order Apple products at the Apple Store for Education
Please email Bear Essentials Computer Department at GeorgianStores@GeorgianCollege.ca for current price lists on our available computer systems.
Important announcement regarding the Ontario Electronic Stewardship’s (OES) new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program. Click here for more details regarding the WEEE Fees payable on all computer purchases.
*Pricing and specifications current as of July 9, 2014 and subject to change without notice. Tax and Environmental Handling Fee are extra.
Located in Bear Essentials at the Barrie campus, we offer a full service and repair facility. We can perform warranty repairs on Fujitsu laptops as well as non-warranty software repairs on most brands of laptops and desktops. We can usually have your computer ready for pickup within one business day. The service centre operates on a first come, first served basis.
All service requests are subject to a $35 bench fee to cover the costs of system diagnostics. This fee is payable at the time the unit is dropped off for service work; if the repair is fully covered by warranty, this fee will be refunded to the customer. All work is at an hourly rate of $75/hour for non-warranty labour (which includes, but is not limited to: operating system installs, software installs, data backup and/or recovery), plus the costs of any non-warranty parts. Parts are subject to Environmental Handling Fees and tax. Our labour rates of $35 and $75 include applicable tax.
To book a repair or check on a repair please contact the store at 705-728-1968 ext. 5556
Bear Essentials is an authorized service center for Fujitsu.
- The original receipt must accompany all returns
- Refunds will be issued in the same method they where purchased in. Debit or credit cards must accompany requests for refund to these payment methods.
- Products can only be returned within 10 business days of the purchase
- Products must be unopened and in re-saleable condition
- Defective hardware returns within 10 business days of the purchase will only be exchanged for the same product
- GC Student Versions of software titles are final sale
Bear Essentials can special order in items not stocked in the store
- Software special orders must be pre-paid in full and are final sale
- Accessory and hardware special orders must be pre-paid in full and are final sale
- Computer system and laptop special orders require a non-refundable deposit of either $100 or 10% of the system value before taxes, which ever is greater, and are final sale
March 31, 2009
The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) launched an ambitious program that over the next five years will divert an additional 160,000 tonnes of waste electronics such as computers and televisions away from landfill and into reuse and recycling solutions.
The industry-developed and operated Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program is setting up a network of collection sites where consumers and businesses can drop off unwanted electronics with assurance that they will be recycled according to established North American environmental standards. Currently about 25,000 tonnes of WEEE are collected annually in Ontario through public and private sector programs.
Products captured under the program include desktop and laptop computers and peripherals such as mice, keyboards and disk drives; monitors; desktop printers; fax machines and televisions. Other electronics such as cell phones and cameras will be added in later phases of the program.
Effective April 1, 2009 all computers, laptops, printers and monitors sold through the Bits & Bytes Computer Store are subject to the new WEEE Fees introduced by the OES.
The fee structure is as follows:
- Computer Peripheral (mouse, keyboard, hard drive) $0.70
- Desktop Computer (with mouse and keyboard) $4.50
- Portable Computer $1.50
- Monitors (<29in) $12.25
- Monitors (>29in) $39.50
- Printer (desktop model) $10.35
[fees updated as of May 1, 2013]
These fees are in addition to the cost of the item you are purchasing and will be added to your bill as a separate line item. These fees are subject to HST.
For further information on the WEEE Program please visit the OES website.
Bear Essentials is located on the main floor of the Administrative Building (C Building) of the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. Selected computer products are also available through the Bear Essential locations in Orillia and Owen Sound.
- Store: 705.722.1570
- Service Centre: 705.728.1968 ext. 5556
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