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For both the Apple Macintosh and Dell (Windows) platforms, ITS offers three standard models that address the most common usage needs.
 
  
=== Current Models ===
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ITS recognizes that different users have different needs and preferences in computer platforms and therefore offers both macOS and Microsoft Windows (Dell) computer options to faculty and staff. Note that certain College software systems require running Windows. Built-in optical (CD/DVD) drives are only available in larger sized special-order Dell desktops. All standard models require an optional external optical drive. “Docking stations” are not available for MacBooks. Please keep these things in mind when making your hardware choices.
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Details about the differences between using Dells vs. Mac computers here at Middlebury College can be found [https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/LIS/Mac_vs_PC at this wiki page].<br/> <br/> '''For best support with the college network, wireless, applications and printing, ITS recommends users choose the Dell option.''' For best performance, a desktop should be selected unless portability is specifically required. Macintosh computers have a significant price premium and should only be considered if specific macOS-only software is required. Adobe software now functions identically on Windows and Mac platforms and there are no issues exchanging files. Demanding software like Photoshop and Premiere benefit considerably from the faster performance offered in the Dell configurations. If software is required that only runs on Windows, then a Dell computer will be provided.
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=== Detailed Specs for ITS Standard Models ===
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| '''Desktop''' || '''Pros:'''
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* Best for power users. Most-powerful CPUs available
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! '''[http://i.dell.com/sites/imagecontent/products/PublishingImages/optiplex-7040-micro-desktop/desktop-optiplex-7040-micro-mag-pol-pdp-module-8.jpg Dell Optiplex 7070 Micro]'''
* Separate monitor means lots of display options and flexibility
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! '''Dell Latitude 5300*'''
* Most-easily repaired and expanded
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! '''Apple MacBook Pro'''
'''Cons:'''
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! '''Apple iMac'''
* Lack of portability
 
 
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| '''Standard Laptop''' || '''Pros:'''
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| '''Category'''
* Portability without sacrificing excessive performance and screen size
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| Win micro desktop
* Good battery life
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| Win std laptop
'''Cons:'''
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| Mac std laptop
* Heavier laptop might not be suitable for all travelers
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| Mac desktop
* Much-smaller screen than desktop
 
* Performance significantly less than desktop, may be noticeable by power users
 
 
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| '''Lightweight Laptop''' || '''Pros:'''
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| '''Screen'''
* Maximum portability and ease of carrying
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| External
'''Cons:'''
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| 13” touchscreen
* Least-powerful option
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| 13”
* Smaller size mandates smaller battery, so less runtime while on battery than standard laptop model
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| 21.5”
* Smaller size mandates smaller screen than standard laptop model, might not be suitable for all users
 
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ITS recognizes that different users have different needs and preferences in computer platforms and therefore offers both OS X (Apple Macintosh) and Microsoft Windows (Dell) computer options to faculty and staff. Note that certain College software systems require running Windows. Built-in optical drives are only available in the Dell desktop and standard Dell laptop, all others require an optional external optical drive. Also, “docking stations” are not available for MacBooks. Please keep these things in-mind when making your hardware choices.
 
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=== Detailed Specs for ITS Standard Models ===
 
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!  !! '''Dell Optiplex 7010''' !! '''Dell Latitude E6440''' !! '''Dell Latitude E7240''' !! '''Apple iMac''' !! '''Apple MacBook Pro''' !! '''Apple MacBook Air'''
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| '''OS'''
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| Win 10 Ent
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| Win 10 Ent
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| macOS
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| macOS
 
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| '''Category''' || Win desktop || Win std laptop || Win light laptop || Mac desktop || Mac std laptop || Mac light laptop
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| '''CPU'''
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| 8-core<br/> 3.0GHz i7
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| Quad-core<br/> 1.9GHz i7
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| quad-core<br/> 1.4GHz i5
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| Quad-core<br/> 3.6GHz i3
 
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| '''Screen''' || External || 14” || 12” || 27” || 15” || 13”
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| '''RAM'''
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| 8GB
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| 8GB
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| 8GB
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| 8GB
 
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| '''OS''' || Win 7 Pro || Win 7 Pro || Win 7 Pro || OS X 10.10 || OS X 10.9 or 10.10 || OS X 10.9 or 10.10
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| '''Hard drive'''
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| 256GB SSD
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| 256GB SSD
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| 256GB SSD
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| 256GB SSD
 
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| '''CPU''' || Quad-core 3.4GHz || Dual-core 2.9GHz || Dual-core 2.1GHz || Quad-core 3.2GHz  || Quad-core 2.0GHz || Dual-core 1.7GHz
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| '''Optical drive'''
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| Opt/external
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| Opt/external
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| Opt/external
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| Opt/external
 
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| '''RAM''' || 8GB || 8GB || 8GB || 1GB || 16GB || 8GB
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| '''Weight'''
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| 2.5 lbs
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| 2.75 lbs
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| 3.03 lbs
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| 12.5 lbs
 
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| '''Hard drive''' || 500GB || 500GB hybrid || 256GB SSD || 1TB fusion || 256GB SSD || 256GB SSD
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| '''Ports'''
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| 5x USB, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, network
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| 2x USB, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Network, MicroSD Card
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| 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
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| 4x USB, 2x USB-C/TB3, Network, SD Card
 
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| '''Optical drive''' || Built-in || Built-in || Opt/external || Opt/external || Opt/external || Opt/external
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| '''Cost'''
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| $871
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| $1,421
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| $1,598
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| $1,548
 
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<small>''Please note that the new Dell laptops no longer work with the old style docking station(E-Port) and require the purchase of a new USB-C "port replicator" ($140) if docking is necessary.''</small><br/> &nbsp;
  
 
=== Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find ===
 
=== Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find ===
  
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Computers purchased and maintained by ITS are set up with the [[Standard_Software|standard college software bundle]] which includes Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, VPN, and antivirus. Employees are able to install additional software themselves if needed. Many of the popular licensed software used at the college (such as Adobe applications) are now available for self-install via [[Self_Service_Installations|Self Service Installations]]. More info is at: [http://go.middlebury.edu/selfservice/ http://go.middlebury.edu/selfservice/]
  
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Latest revision as of 16:15, 16 September 2019

ITS recognizes that different users have different needs and preferences in computer platforms and therefore offers both macOS and Microsoft Windows (Dell) computer options to faculty and staff. Note that certain College software systems require running Windows. Built-in optical (CD/DVD) drives are only available in larger sized special-order Dell desktops. All standard models require an optional external optical drive. “Docking stations” are not available for MacBooks. Please keep these things in mind when making your hardware choices.

Details about the differences between using Dells vs. Mac computers here at Middlebury College can be found at this wiki page.

For best support with the college network, wireless, applications and printing, ITS recommends users choose the Dell option. For best performance, a desktop should be selected unless portability is specifically required. Macintosh computers have a significant price premium and should only be considered if specific macOS-only software is required. Adobe software now functions identically on Windows and Mac platforms and there are no issues exchanging files. Demanding software like Photoshop and Premiere benefit considerably from the faster performance offered in the Dell configurations. If software is required that only runs on Windows, then a Dell computer will be provided.

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Detailed Specs for ITS Standard Models

 

  Dell Optiplex 7070 Micro Dell Latitude 5300* Apple MacBook Pro Apple iMac
Category Win micro desktop Win std laptop Mac std laptop Mac desktop
Screen External 13” touchscreen 13” 21.5”
OS Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent macOS macOS
CPU 8-core
3.0GHz i7
Quad-core
1.9GHz i7
quad-core
1.4GHz i5
Quad-core
3.6GHz i3
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Hard drive 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Optical drive Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external
Weight 2.5 lbs 2.75 lbs 3.03 lbs 12.5 lbs
Ports 5x USB, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, network 2x USB, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Network, MicroSD Card 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 4x USB, 2x USB-C/TB3, Network, SD Card
Cost $871 $1,421 $1,598 $1,548

* Please note that the new Dell laptops no longer work with the old style docking station(E-Port) and require the purchase of a new USB-C "port replicator" ($140) if docking is necessary.
 

Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find

Computers purchased and maintained by ITS are set up with the standard college software bundle which includes Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, VPN, and antivirus. Employees are able to install additional software themselves if needed. Many of the popular licensed software used at the college (such as Adobe applications) are now available for self-install via Self Service Installations. More info is at: http://go.middlebury.edu/selfservice/

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