College of FAA, Services, Computer Hardware Recommendations
This article applies only to Faculty, Staff and Students of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA).
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.
Mac EquipmentApple 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 EquipmentDue 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 7040 Minitower
|PC Laptop: |
Dell Latitude E7470
|PC Laptop: |
Dell Latitude 7480
Surface Pro 4
|Intel Core i7-6700 Processor (Quad Core HT, 3.4GHz Turbo, 8MB)||Intel Core i7-6600U 6th Gen Dual Core, 2.6GHz||Intel Core i7-7600U 7th Gen Dual Core, 2.8GHz||6th Gen Intel i7 6650U 2.20 GHz|
|16GB (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory||16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR4 Memory||16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Memory||16 GB Memory|
|512 GB PCIe SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|16X DVD+/-RW||FHD (1920x1080) LCD Anti glare w/Camera||FHD (1920x1080) LCD Anti glare w/Camera||12.3" FHD (2736 x1824) Touch display, 5MP front, 8MP rear camera|
|Intel Integrated Graphics 530||Intel HD Graphics 520 300-900 MHz||Intel HD Graphics 620||i7 Intel Iris graphics|
|Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 AC||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 AC||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 AC||WiFi 802.11AC Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 LE|
|N/A||3.6 lbs||3.01 lbs||1.76 lbs|
|4 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis||3 Year Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis||3 Year Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis||3 Year Hardware Service with In-Home/Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis|
|vPro enabled||vPro Enabled||vPro Enabled||NA|
|NA||Docking Station $127.49||Docking Station $187.19||Docking Station $179.98|
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||Dell U2417H||Dell P2717H||Dell P2715Q|
|Size: 23"||Size: 24"||Size: 27"||Size: 27"|
|1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
| Ports: || Ports: || Ports: || Ports: |
|Full Product Details||Full Product Details||Full Product Details||Full Product Details|
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.
|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|
For assistance please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.