Preferred Configurations

Our preferred computers and printers are chosen because of their power, flexibility, ability to meet many different needs in different offices, and value for money. These are models with which ITS staff are fully-conversant—we can get parts for them, and we can effectively troubleshoot problems with them. The preferred devices in these categories change frequently in order to keep up with technological innovations and changes in product availability, so check this page often.

Current computer configurations for fiscal year 2014-2015

iMac (desktop Macintosh): Apple 21.5" inch flat-panel iMac, Intel Quad-Core i5 processors running at 2.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive, built-in gigabit Ethernet, wired keyboard, wired mouse, security cable, Mac OS X. iMacs no longer include built-in CD/DVD drives. External drives can be purchased as optional gear; see 'Peripheral Equipment,' below.

Desktop PC: Dell OptiPlex 7010 small form factor, Intel Core i5-3570 quad-core processors running at 3.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive, 8x optical drive (DVD±RW/CD-RW), built-in gigabit Ethernet, keyboard, optical mouse, security cable and Windows 7 Professional. LCD display provided on an as-needed basis.

Laptop Macintosh: Apple 13" MacBook Pro, Intel dual-core i5 processors running at 2.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW), built-in gigabit Ethernet, Airport Extreme wireless card, Bluetooth, 13.3" LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, Mac OS X, Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, security cable. Dimensions: screen measures 13.3" (337.82 mm) diagonally; laptop weighs 4.5# (2.04 kg); measures 12.78" (325.12 mm) wide by 0.95" (24.13 mm) high by 8.94" (227.08 mm) deep.

Laptop PC: Dell Latitude E6440, Intel Core i5-4300M processors running at 2.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, 8x DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, built-in gigabit Ethernet, Intel Advanced -N 6235 802.11AGN half mini wireless card, 14" Anti-glare LED-backlit display, Windows 7 Professional, security cable. Dimensions: screen measures 14" (355.6 mm) diagonally; laptop weighs 4.68# (2.12 kg); measures 13.31" (338 mm) wide by 1.25" (31.8 mm) high by 9.16" (232.6 mm) deep.

Workgroup laserprinter: Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Enterprise M602dn networked monochrome laserprinter with duplex unit and 500-sheet paper tray. Additional paper tray units and envelope feeders are available, but must be purchased with departmental or other non-CR Fund budgets.

Peripheral Equipment. In order to meet as many computer needs as possible, the Computer Replacement Fund does not purchase or replace peripheral equipment (such as docking stations, multiple-display video cards, scanners, external drives, personal and color printers, etc.). If you require peripheral devices for a standard computer or for a standard printer, you will need to purchase them using other funding sources.