Standard Computer Models for Faculty and Staff

For both the Apple Macintosh and Dell (Windows) platforms, ITS offers three standard models that address the most common usage needs.

Current Models

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 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 larger sized special-order Dell desktops. All standard models 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.

For best support with the college network, 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 higher price tag and should only be considered if specific software is required. If Windows software is required, then a Windows computer will be provided.

Detailed Specs for ITS Standard Models

Dell Optiplex 7050 Micro Dell Latitude E5480* Dell Latitude E7280* Apple iMac Apple MacBook Pro Apple MacBook Air
Category Win micro desktop Win std laptop Win light laptop Mac desktop Mac std laptop Mac light laptop
Screen External 14” (touch opt.*) 12.5” (touch opt.*) 27” 13” 13”
OS Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent macOS macOS macOS
CPU Quad-core 3.6GHz i7 Quad-core 2.9GHz i7 Dual-core
2.8GHz i7
Quad-core 3.4GHz i5 Dual-core 2.3GHz i5 Dual-core 2.2GHz i7
Hard drive 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Optical drive Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external Opt/external
Weight 2.5 lbs 3.9 lbs 2.8 lbs 21 lbs 3 lbs 3 lbs
Ports 5x USB, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, network 2x USB, USB-C VGA, HDMI, network, SD Card 2x USB, USB-C, HDMI, Mini Displayport, Network, MicroSD Card 4x USB, 2x ThunderBolt, Network 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 2x USB, 1x ThunderBolt
Cost $875 $1,395 $1,490 $1,908 $1,752 $1,400

* 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.
* Touchscreen is a special-order option available on the Dell laptops at additional cost, which would need to be covered by dept funds (incl. ITS-issued primary laptops). MacBooks do not offer touchscreen as an option.
"Passmark" performance score refers to the CPU benchmark baseline rating from PassMark Software for the given CPU chip used in that model. This score is calculated by using many different types of tests running across all CPU cores and then averaging scores across many (sometimes hundreds) of samples of that CPU. More details on how the PassMark CPU score is calculated can be found here. Other factors can affect performance for a given application/task and not all tasks are primarily restricted by CPU speed.

Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find

Computers purchased and maintained by ITS are set up with the standard college software image which includes Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, Junos Pulse VPN, Adobe Reader and Sophos Antivirus. Employees are give local admin rights to the primary computers assigned to them and are able to install additional software themselves if needed. Much of the popular licensed software used at the college (such as Adobe applicaions) are now available for self-install via the "Self Service" system. More info is at: http://go.middlebury.edu/selfservice/

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