Middlebury

Recommended 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

Cons:

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

Cons:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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 standard Dell desktop, 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.

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” 12.5” 27” 13” 13”
OS Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent macOS 10.12 macOS 10.12 macOS 10.12
CPU Quad-core 3.6GHz i7 Quad-core 2.9GHz i7 Dual-core
2.8GHz i7
Quad-core 3.2GHz i5 Dual-core 2.3GHz i5 Dual-core 2.2GHz i7
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Hard drive 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 1TB fusion 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 3 lbs NA 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 $1,910 $1,752 $1,510

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

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