Purchase, Order

  • There are 2 four-week Neptun Waves per year, generally these take place in September and February at the beginning of each semester
  • The exact dates will be communicated via our website, newsletter and social media
  • Information about past devices can be found in the Archive

see also: Newsletter

Depending on the shop, the payment options vary. Private orders must, in general, be payed in advance either by bank transfer or credit card. Please note that delivery takes place after payment is received. Credit card payments are effected immediately but may be subject to additional credit card charges.

HP / Lenovo laptops, Sennheiser, Printers, Displays, 3Dconnexion: If you choose to pay by bank transfer an e-invoice is sent to your e-mail account within 24 hours of order placement. Customers who do not receive the e-mail within 24 hours are kindly asked to contact our distributor's sales team as the e-mail may potentially have been blocked e.g. by a spam filter.

  • University, college students and employees of Swiss schools of higher education
  • Swiss high school students in their final year (above 18 years)
  • Teachers of Swiss schools
  • Alumni and registered members of Swiss universities (some offers are restricted and not valid for members of alumni organizations. The restrictions are noted for each offer.)
  • Schools and educational institutions for official procurements

see also: Order Information

  • Choose your device on the Neptun page  -> Click Order Now -> Authentication (SwitchAAI) -> Forward to the shop
  • For graduates and university staff, the authentication is done via SWITCHAAI
  • For pupils and teachers, there is a separate website schulen.projektneptun.ch where authentication via form and educa.ch ID is available
  • It is possible to register without SWITCHAAI. For this purpose, an online form must be completed by providing an official e-mail address (issued by your school) and/or a matriculation-/employee-/student number. Inaccurate orders may be canceled or the full price may be charged subsequently.

see also: Order Process


  • Apple: Max. 1 laptop and 2 iPads per person and academic year
  • Microsoft: 2 hybrid tablet per person and year
  • Dell / HP / Lenovo: Max. 2 laptops and 2 tablets per person and year*
  • No limitation on other devices (e.g. printers, displays, accessories)*

*Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer

Institutional Orders:

  • no limit

To prevent abuse, random checks continuously are carried out.

see also: Order Infromation

  • Every 2-3 years Projekt Neptun performs a manufacturer evaluation. Laptops can be ordered from the manufacturers which prevail in the evaluation. Currently they are Apple, HP and Lenovo.
  • For each Neptun wave the devices are carefully selected to make sure that the latest hardware and high quality matched components are included in the offer. For this an abbreviated device evaluation is carried out 2x per year, which the model selection and set configurations are based on

see also: About Projekt Neptun

The discounts on laptops are difficult to quantify because the configurations offered by Projekt Neptun are sometimes not even available on the open market. Basically however the following applies:

  • PC laptops : Up to 45 % off
  • Apple laptops: 15 % on MacBooks, 6% -13% on iPads (depending on the model) 
  • Microsoft Surface: 10% - 20% off

Please note that some of the discounts are renegotiated before each Neptun Wave and therefore may vary. The figures above refer to Neptun Wave Fall 2016.

see also: About Projekt Neptun


Projekt Neptun visits various Swiss Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences during the wave so that the devices can be viewed and tested before buying.

See also: Neptun Demo Days

Terms and Conditions

Neptun devices are shipped via our partners, we therefore refer to the following shipping terms:

  • Apple delivery time: Apple MacBook, iMac and iPad delivery time varies. If on stock, within one week. If not on stock / CTO up to four weeks for the new MacBook models in Spring 2017.
  • Laptop and peripheral devices delivery time: HP, Lenovo will have a delivery time of up to six weeks. Displays and Printers, Sennheiser, 3Dconnexion are usually on stock and deliverable within a week. If ordered together with a laptop, no partial delivery available. 
  • Microsoft delivery time: Surface / Surface Pro
  • Intel® NUC delivery time: Depending on the availability of the components; after the configuration, the delivery date is displayed on the website


The delivery times indicated in the shops reflect the current stock. An order, however, only becomes active after the payment has been received. The delivery times may change, if a longer period between order and payment exists.

All PC laptops ordered without the preinstalled Windows (DOS versions), with touch display or with a special keyboard layout (e.g. US) have a longer delivery time, which is approximately 4-6 weeks after receipt of payment.

see also: Order Process


  • All devices are shipped by our distribution partner directly to the customer (stated delivery address)
  • Due to insurance and customs reasons, deliveries can only be made within Switzerland. Billing and shipping address must not be identical (with residence abroad: deliveries to relatives / acquaintances with postal address in Switzerland is usually not a problem)

Additional costs:

  • In the Dataquest Apple Store no postage is charged for online purchases over CHF 49.-
  • In the PC Shop (Studentenrabatt.ch) normally, no additional delivery costs are charged for orders higher than CHF 500. If delivery costs are incurred, they are listed, respectively visible in the shopping cart.
  • In the Microsoft Store no additional costs are charged

Online orders made in the Apple Shop can be collected in a Dataquest Store by personal appointment. Also, an order can be placed personally in a Dataquest Store, if it is explicitly mentioned that it is a Projekt Neptun order.

For all other offers, the option of on-site ordering or pickup is not available. Project Neptun distributes all other offers exclusively online and all orders are delivered by our partners directly to the customer.


All orders are processed through our distribution partners, here we refer to the exchange and return policies for each partner (see below) .

  • Apple device orders: 044 745 77 99 or via contact form
  • Laptop / peripheral devices orders: 041 318 40 00
  • Surface orders, Microsoft Store: 0848 858 868
  • Intel® NUC orders: via contact form

Orders are accepted and processed directly by the respective distribution partners. Contact possibilities that are not listed above can be found in the respective offers website. Project Neptun is also available for general questions and inquiries (purchase advice) at 044 501 08 13. Please note that this phone number is only active during the Neptune Wave.

Manufacturer Warranty

Important: Devices that are defective on arrival must be immediately registered by the manufacturer as a DOA case (dead on arrival) !

The relevant time limits and procedures are listed in the manufacturer support pages.

See also: Manufacturer Support

  • HP / Lenovo laptops, printers, displays: Send an e-mail to sales@pathworks.ch with the serial number of the device
  • Apple devices: Log in with your Apple ID in the user account or call 0800 801 078
  • Microsoft Surface: Sign in using the Windows Account and find your order details

Neptun laptops usually have a worldwide warranty. However, there are some countries, mainly in Africa, where there is no support infrastructure and the device must be brought to the nearest repair center.

See also: Manufacturer Support


  • For problems with operating system, software or for a problem diagnosis you can get assistance at our Help Points
  • In case of hardware failure, please register a support case with the Manufacturer Support directly 
  • In case your Neptun device needs repair, we offer free laptop rental!

See also: Neptun Support

  • Neptun provides general technical support, data migration, initial installations, disposal and replacement of hardware
  • For Neptun customers (laptops and tablets) the first 30 minutes of support are always free of charge

See also: Neptun Support

Software and Operating System

Projekt Neptun operates a software service with free commercial antivirus and backup software available exclusively to Neptun customers.

See also: Software 

To reset your device to the default settings you need to use recovery media which can be found here:

  • Mac OS X software via App Store or new installation via recovery partition: manual
  • Windows Recovery Media for Lenovo laptops / tablets can be downloaded via Neptun Software Service. There is also the possibility to order Recovery DVDs via Tel. 0800 55 54 54 or use this link to order them online (cost of handling and shipping will be charged). Newer device models can create a Lenovo Recovery USB key via Lenovo Digital Download Recovery Service (DDRS).
  • Windows Recovery Media for HP laptops can be ordered the HP support chat.
  • You can buy software via our partner Studyhouse.ch. Software download and license key will be sent via e-mail after the purchase.
  • Access is only possible with SwitchAAI account (no alumni).
  • It is possible your school offers software. Before you buy a license, consult your computer help desk / service desk of your school, and see if the desired product may be available there.

See also: Software

  • We provide software bundles with free software. These installation packages can be downloaded here (Ninite Installer). The installer can (should) also be used regularly to keep the installed products updated.
  • Antivirus software: Neptun customers get the chance to download and install the commercial anti virus software Sophos for free via the Projekt Neptun Software Service (Mac and Windows).
  • Backup Software: Windows users can download and use the commercial backup software Langmeier Backup for free via the Projekt Neptun Software Service.
  • Also check with the IT Departement of your School for available free software.