Gies Faculty Computer Recommendations

When considering a new computer, we provide the following guidelines based on your needs. These are examples of options, not exact order information, as models and availability change rapidly. Any prices listed in the CDW catalog are subject to change, and will not necessarily reflect the total cost including required warranty. Feel free to reach out to the Help Desk with any questions before working with your departmental purchaser.

Departmental Ordering Guidance

Dept. of Accountancy (ACCY)

Make your request to your department contact, Susan Palmer (, and she will request funding approval. If needed, ACCY will either reach out to IT Partners for quotes or encourage you to work with IT Partners at

Dept. of Business Administration (BA)

Before reaching out to your departmental purchaser, please review these computer options and send an email to to request a quote for your preferred computer and/or any additional equipment. IT Partners will provide order info to your department once you have approved the quote.

Dept. of Finance (FIN)

Make your request to your department, and they will request funding approval and reach out to IT Partners for quotes, as needed.

Use Case 1 - Heavy statistics software/research usage, requiring a dedicated graphics card, powerful CPU, and/or high amounts of system memory (RAM)

Note: if applicable to your research needs and budget, we can work with you to order a server, custom workstation, and/or cloud computing and/or campus cluster resources.

Desktop, workstation class, very upgradeable – CDW# 7473254, 7437177

Lenovo P340 SFF

Use Case 2 - Standard teaching and writing needs, no specialized research software needs

Desktop, upgradeable – CDW# 7397256, 6949859

Lenovo M80q tiny form factor desktop

Use Case 3 - Statistics/research software needs, requiring high amounts of memory, some mobility required for teaching/travel

Laptop, discrete graphics card, on the bulkier side so not ideal for lots of travel, memory (RAM) is able to be upgraded - CDW #7492877

Laptop, thin and light, basic graphics card, better for travel/portability, memory (32 GB RAM) cannot be upgraded - CDW #7578896

Lenovo P1 Gen 4

Use Case 4 - Standard teaching and writing needs, carry to class and/or for travel, no specialized research software needs

Laptop, lightweight and fast, very capable for teaching, presenting, travel, and general use, no specialized research software needs, partially upgradeable – CDW# 7053761, 7714954

Lenovo T14s Gen 2

Use Case 5 - Standard teaching and writing needs, carry to class and/or travel, with the ability to mark up content directly on the device, no specialized research software needs

Laptop, business-class, 2-in-1, includes stylus - CDW# 7459958, 7238041

Detachable, equivalent to Microsoft Surface Pro - Lenovo ThinkPad X12 - coming soon!

Use Case 6 - Supplemental device for editing/marking up content when teaching, pairs well with a desktop as primary computer

Apple iPad Air (department can request quote from IT) or Wacom Pen Tablet - CDW #5010886

Note: at this time, we no longer recommend or support the Microsoft Surface line.

Apple iPad Air 10.9 with Apple Pencil 2 Wacom Pen Tablet with Pen

Use Case 7 - Mac users

Every configuration of Mac desktop and laptop is currently supported by the university and Gies, but they can be customized for your needs. Faculty who prefer an Apple computer instead of a Windows-based computer may reach out to the Help Desk for a quote. They are generally not upgradeable.

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Created2022-02-25 14:01:42Updated2024-06-24 10:40:09
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