Computer Purchase Recommendations

Last Updated: 07/12/2017

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD Storage
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11ac
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom Web Conferencing, Skype for Business

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

MacBook Pro 13"

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD storage
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11ac
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: Skype for Business, Zoom Web Conferencing

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 256 GB+ Flash Storage
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections. If wireless is desired, please use Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology.

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: Skype for Business, Zoom Web Conferencing

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

iMac with i7 processor

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Graphics: Integrated graphics
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections. If wireless is desired, please use Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology.

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: Skype for Business, Zoom Web Conferencing

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

iMac with i5 processor

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac
  • Graphics: Integrated graphics
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

Operating System and Software

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Latitude 7280, 7380 or 7480 with touch capability

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (256 GB or more)
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

Operating System and Software

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Latitude 7480

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.

Dell Mobile Precision 5520

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.

Dell Mobile Precision 7520

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Graphics: Integrated graphics
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections. If wireless is desired, please use Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology.

Operating System and Software

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Optiplex 7050 i5

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Graphics: Dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon or NVIDIA)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections. If wireless is desired, please use Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology.

Operating System and Software

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Optiplex 7050 i7

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.