Standard Computer Models for Faculty and Staff

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For both the Apple Macintosh and Dell (Windows) platforms, ITS offers three standard models. These models address the needs of the most-common usage categories. They are:

Desktop Pros:
  • Best for power users. Most-powerful CPUs available
  • Separate monitor means lots of display options and flexibility
  • Most-easily repaired and expanded


  • Lack of portability
Standard Laptop Pros:
  • Portability without sacrificing excessive performance and screen size
  • Good battery life


  • Heavier laptop might not be suitable for all travelers
  • Much-smaller screen than desktop
  • Performance significantly less than desktop, may be noticeable by power users
Lightweight Laptop Pros:
  • Maximum portability and ease of carrying


  • Least-powerful option
  • Smaller size mandates smaller battery, so less runtime while on battery than standard laptop model
  • Smaller size mandates smaller screen than standard laptop model, might not be suitable for all users

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.

Detailed specs of the ITS standard models:

Dell Optiplex 7010 Dell Latitude E6440 Dell Latitude E7240 Apple iMac Apple MacBook Pro Apple MacBook Air
Category Win desktop Win std laptop Win light laptop Mac desktop Mac std laptop Mac light laptop
Screen External 14” 12” 27” 15” 13”
OS Win 7 Pro Win 7 Pro Win 7 Pro OS X 10.10 OS X 10.9 OS X 10.9
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
Hard drive 500GB 500GB hybrid 256GB SSD 1TB fusion 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Optical drive Built-in Built-in Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external
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