College of FAA, Hardware Recommendations (TEST)

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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:

• Phone: (217) 333-1986
• The Web:

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.

  • 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
  • Get Help: Have questions? Need avdice? 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 7040 Minitower
PC Laptop:
Dell Latitude E7470
PC Laptop:
Dell Latitude 7480
Surface Pro 4
$1,154.17 $1,493.17 $1,505.21 $1,649.20
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
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
$219.44 $298.24 $337.15 $454.99
Size: 23" Size: 24" Size: 27" Size: 27"
1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • HDMI 1.4
  • VGA
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (side)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (bottom)
  • HDMI 1.4 (MHL 2.0)
  • Mini DisplayPort 1.2
  • DisplayPort 1.24
  • DisplayPort out (MST)
  • Audio Line out
  • 5 x USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream, 4 downstream)
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • HDMI 1.4
  • VGA
  • USB 3.0 port (upstream)
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports (side)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports (bottom)
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI (MHL)
  • 4 X USB3 downstream
  • USB upstream
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • DisplayPort out
  • Audo-line out
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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.

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


For assistance please contact the Technology Services at FAA helpdesk.

Keywords:hardware   Doc ID:72851
Owner:Michael C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-04-24 16:11 CDTUpdated:2017-05-23 12:26 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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