College of FAA: 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).
For more information, please contact Technology Services at FAA via:

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, or printers.

  • 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.

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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.

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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.


For assistance please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.

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Created:2016-05-09 09:22 CSTUpdated:2019-09-24 12:46 CST
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