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.
|Standard Laptop|| Pros:
|Lightweight Laptop|| Pros:
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|
|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
|Quad-core 3.2GHz i5||Dual-core 2.3GHz i5||Dual-core 2.2GHz i7|
|Hard drive||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||1TB fusion||256GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|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|
* 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.
Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find