College of FAA, Services, Computer Hardware Recommendations

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This article applies only to Faculty, Staff and Students of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA).
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Time for a new machine or device? Technology Services at FAA wants your equipment to work well within the campus computing environment. Please reference the resources and policies below when identifying a new Mac, PC, monitors, printers or accessories.

Remember:
  • Shop Smart: In order to avoid conflicts and support issues, please verify your hardware choice with Technology Services at FAA before making a final purchase.
  • Purchasing: All machine purchases are handled by departmental Business Office staff via iBuy or CDWG.
  • Get Help: Have questions? Need advice? We're happy to help. For general inquiries please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.

Mac Equipment

Apple offers a wide variety of hardware solutions, including laptops, desktops, tablets, monitors and peripherals. Click
HERE to find Apple products. When ready, contact your Business Office with make and model details. When selecting an Apple product, it's important to keep the following in mind:

  • Say "NO!" to Fusion Drives: Some models come standard with a 'Fusion' hard drive. Technology Services at FAA cannot deploy these drives in the campus environment, and if purchased will require that the machine be returned to Apple. We recommend Solid State Drives (SSD) instead.

  • Say "YES!" to RAM: 8GB of RAM is the minimum amount that we at Technology Services at FAA will recommend for new machines. Additional RAM will significantly extend the life of the machine. Note that many models of Apple laptops no longer allow RAM to be added after they've been purchased, so please buy with the future in mind.

  • Pick the Right Tool for the Job: MacBooks, while less expensive, are not professional grade. We recommend MacBook Pro for the best experience.

Windows Equipment

Due to the broad variety of Windows-capable machines on the market, Technology Services at FAA works with campus to develop a recommended hardware list. This ensures that your machine will work with campus printing, networking, and support - as Technology Services at FAA cannot deploy all models in the campus environment, non-standard machines will be returned to the manufacturer. When purchasing a Windows machine, please choose from models below. Note that your business office staff can customize the machines to your particular needs.

PC Desktop:
Dell Optiplex 7050 Minitower
$1,096.07
Intel Core i7-7700 Processor (Quad Core 3.6GHz)
16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Memory
512 GB SSD
16X DVD+/-RW
Intel Integrated Graphics 530
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 AC
N/A
4 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
vPro enabled
N/A
Mobility:
Dell Latitude E7480
$1,493.17
Intel Core i7-6600U (Dual Core, 2.6GHz)
16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR4 Memory
256GB SSD
14" (1920x1080) LCD Anti glare w/Camera
Intel HD Graphics 520
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
3.6 lbs
3 Year Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis
vPro Enabled
Docking Station
Mobility:
Dell Latitude E7280
$1,516.82
Intel Core i7-7600U Processor (Dual Core, 2.8GHz)
16GB (1x16GB) 2133MHz DDR Memory
512GB SSD
12.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti glare w/Camera
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265
2.61 lbs
4 Years Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis
vPro Enabled
Docking Station

Mobility:
Surface Pro 4
$1,870.25
2.5 GHz Dual-Core i7
16 GB Memory
512GB SSD
12.3" PixelSense Display (2736x1824)
i7 Intel Iris graphics
WiFi 802.11AC Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 LE
1.73 lbs
3 Year Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis
NA
Docking Station $179.98

Monitors

The Dell monitors listed below will work well with both Macs and PCs. Depending on your computer's capabilities, one or more external monitors may be possible.

Dell P2317H
$161.19
Size: 23"
1920 x 1080
Ports:
  • 1 x DP (ver 1.2)
  • 1 x HDMI (ver 1.4)
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x USB 3.0 ports - Upstream
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports - Side
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports - Bottom
Full Product Details
Dell U2417H
$173.59
Size: 24"
1920 x 1080
Ports:
  • 1 x DP (ver 1.2)
  • 1 x HDMI (ver 1.4)
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port - Upstream
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports - Side
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports - Bottom
Full Product Details
Dell P2717H
$223.19
Size: 27"
1920 x 1080
Ports:
  • 1 x DP (ver 1.2)
  • 1 x HDMI (ver 1.4)
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port - Upstream
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports - Side
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports - Bottom
Full Product Details
Dell P2715Q
$519.99
Size: 27"
3840 x 2160
Note: 4K Resolution can cause scaling issues with some applications.
Ports:
  • 1 x DP
  • 1 x Mini DP
  • 1 x DP out
  • 1 x HDMI (MHL)
  • 1 x Audo-line out
  • 4 x USB3 downstream
  • 1 x USB upstream
Full Product Details

Printers

Departmental printing is commonly facilitated through the use of centrally located networked printers. Connections to these core printers are automated for all IT Managed Mac and PC computers (details here). If you choose to purchase a desktop printer for your office or personal use, please note that not all printers will work with IT Managed machines. For assistance with identifying printers for your office, please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.

Accessories and Adapters

Note that not all accessories and adapters work with all computers: the following items are approved for use with Technology Services at FAA-recommended machines.

Item Format Supported Devices Price Part # Vendor Link
Dell Docking Station D3100 USB 3.0 Latitude E7470 $127.49 452-BBPG iBuy -> Dell Punchout
Surface Docking Station Proprietary Surface Pro 4 $158.24 3862762 CDW Purchase
Surface Keyboard Proprietary Surface Pro 4 $109.60 3862766 CDW Purchase
Surface Ethernet Dongle USB 3.0 Surface Pro 4 $35.25 3862763 CDW Purchase
Apple Ethernet Dongle USB 3.0 All MacBooks $29.00 14086502 iBuy -> TechZone Punchout
Apple Ethernet Dongle Thunderbolt All MacBooks $29.00 14316524 iBuy -> TechZone Punchout
Apple VGA Dongle Thunderbolt All MacBooks $29.00 14086083 iBuy -> TechZone Punchout
Apple DVI Dongle Thunderbolt All MacBooks $29.00 14086069 iBuy -> TechZone Punchout

Support

For assistance please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.




Keywords:purchase, PC, buy   Doc ID:63271
Owner:Michael C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-05-09 09:22 CSTUpdated:2017-11-14 13:11 CST
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