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Recommendations - Faculty and Staff PC Laptop

Last Updated: 04/17/2017


Both minimum requirements and high performance recommendations are listed below. Print out this list and take it with you when you go to buy your computer.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
Model Recommendation

Standard: Dell Latitude E7280* or E7480* through the University of Colorado Dell contract

Ultraportable: Dell Latitude 7370* or Microsoft Surface Pro 4 through the University of Colorado Dell contract

Dell Mobile Precision 5520 or 7520 through the University of Colorado Dell contract
CPU Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 500 GB Hard Drive Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB Hard Drive
Battery Primary battery Extended life battery
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Dedicated Graphics Card

Remote Management

Intel vPro


3 years parts and labor, or more depending on your renewal and replacement cycle.


Dual Band Wireless AC (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) is strongly recommended for best WiFi experience on campus.

*OIT recommends purchasing these models with touch capability.

Operating System, Software, and Additional Recommendations

Type of Technology Recommendation
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit
Productivity Tools
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Email Programs
Video Conferencing/IM
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
External Storage
Laptop Physical Security
  • OIT recommends that laptops are registered through the laptop registration program.
  • Laptop locks, which can be purchased at the CU Bookstore.
  • For faculty members with gradebooks or other highly confidential data files on their laptops, OIT strongly recommends whole disk encryption software called PGP.


Faculty and Staff PC Considerations

Besides the minimum recommendations above it is recommended that you consider the following:

  • Purchasing Computers and Software at Educational Prices
    • Visit the Dell Contract page to learn more about the University of Colorado's special arrangement with Dell.
    • Computers and software meeting these recommendations can be purchased at the CU Bookstore for an educational discount.
    • Faculty purchasing computers should learn more about the Faculty Computer Purchase Program.
  • Solid State Drives
    • Solid State Drives offer superior performance but less capacity.
  • Tablets and High Portability Laptops
    • The list above is not intended for tablets or high portability laptops. This list was developed for computers that will last three to four years, so that faculty and staff can maximize their purchase.
  • Extras
    • If you're purchasing a laptop, you may want to purchase a monitor as well for high performance use.
    • It is encouraged that you backup your files to university provided cloud storage or an external hard drive.