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 10.12 Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom Web Conferencing

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 10.12 Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: 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: 1 TB Fusion Drive or 512 GB+ Flash Storage
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11ac*
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: 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
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11ac*
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Productivity Tools: Office 2016 for Mac
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Apple Mail, Outlook 2016
  • Video Conferencing: 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 E7280 or E7480 with touch capability

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

Dell Latitude 7370 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) or 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac
  • Graphics: Dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon or NVIDIA)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

Operating System and Software

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

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
  • 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

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections

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
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac*
  • Graphics: Dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon or NVIDIA)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor

*Wired Ethernet recommended over use of wireless connections

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.