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Computer Purchase Recommendations

Submitted by schwandr on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:48
Operating System
Form Factor
Performance

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Apple m1 chip
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Wireless: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 *
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare+

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: ZoomMicrosoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

MacBook Pro 13" with touch bar

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

MacBook Air 13"

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB - 32 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i9
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • Wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11ac
  • Warranty: 3 years, AppleCare+
*For wireless, please use at least Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology. 802.11ax is available on personal computing devices, and while 802.11ax is not supported across campus at this time, 802.11ax devices will be fully compatible with the existing campus wireless.

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty or staff, students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: ZoomMicrosoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

MacBook Pro 16" with Touch Bar

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB - 32 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or i9
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • 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 11 Big Sur
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email Programs: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: ZoomMicrosoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

Mac mini with i7 processor

iMac with i7 or i9 processor

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Apple M1 chip or Intel Core i3
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • 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 11 BIg Sur
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Email: Outlook (faculty/staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: ZoomMicrosoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Model

Mac mini with M1 chip

iMac with i3 processor

Discounted Mac prices available at the Apple Education Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i3 (with at least 4 cores)
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • 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
*For wireless, please use at least Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology. 802.11ax is available on personal computing devices, and while 802.11ax is not supported across campus at this time, 802.11ax devices will be fully compatible with the existing campus wireless.

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome
  • Email Programs: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom, Microsoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Latitude 7320 (13 in) or 7400 (14 in)

Dell Latitude 5420 (14 in)

Dell Precision 3560 (15 in)

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

Students can buy computers with an academic discount through the Dell member purchase program or the CU Book Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB - 32 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • 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
*For wireless, please use at least Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac technology. 802.11ax is available on personal computing devices, and while 802.11ax is not supported across campus at this time, 802.11ax devices will be fully compatible with the existing campus wireless.

Operating System and Software

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome
  • Email: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom, Microsoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Latitude 7320 (13 in), 7420 (14 in), or 7420 2-in-1 (14 in)

Dell Precision 5550 (15 in)

Dell Precision 7550 (15 in)

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.
Students can get an academic discount through the Dell member purchase program or the CU Book Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i3 (with at least 4 cores)
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • 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

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome
  • Email: Outlook (faculty or staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom, Microsoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Optiplex 7080 i5

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.
Students can get an academic discount through the Dell member purchase program or the CU Book Store.

Computer Specifications

  • Memory: 16 GB - 32 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • 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

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit
  • Cloud Storage: OneDrive (faculty, staff, or students), Google Drive (students)
  • Productivity Tools: Office 365
  • Browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome
  • Email: Outlook (faculty and staff), Gmail (students)
  • Video Conferencing: Zoom, Microsoft Teams

Additional Considerations

OIT Recommended Models

Dell Optiplex 7080 i7

Available to faculty and staff through the University of Colorado Dell contract.
Students can get an academic discount through the Dell member purchase program or the CU Book Store.