UNO's Microsoft site license for OSs is for upgrades of existing Windows licenses only. You must order your computer with a copy of Windows to use our upgrade license.
All laptops/notebooks and desktop computers are required to be on the domain and to have updated virus protection. The University has a site license antivirus program, so you do not have to buy an anti-virus program.
Surge Protectors and UPS
We advise the purchase of a Surge protector (UL 1449 approved, 330V rating) for all non-mission critical computer systems. A Surge protector will protect your computer equipment from variations in electrical current, such as surges and spikes.
We recommend the purchase of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for all mission critical computer systems. A UPS will protect against power drops or temporary outages. Though more costly, a UPS has an internal battery that will allow equipment plugged into it to continue to run until power is restored (depending on battery life).
Since the size of a UPS for your needs depends on your equipment and how long you want to keep it up after power goes out here is a link to APCs UPS selector. You can take the model information recommended and contact any of our State Contract suppliers or UCC for assistance.
Notebook computers typically weigh less than 6 pounds and are small enough to fit easily in a briefcase. Aside from size and portability, the principal difference between a notebook computer and a personal computer is the display screen. Notebook computers use a variety of techniques, known as flat-panel technologies, to produce a lightweight and non-bulky display screen. The quality of notebook display screens varies considerably. Many notebook display screens are limited to VGA resolution. Active-matrix screens produce very sharp images, but they do not refresh as rapidly as full-size monitors. In terms of computing power, modern notebook computers are nearly equivalent to personal computers. They have the same CPUs, memory capacity, and disk drives. However, all this power in a small package is more expensive. Notebook computers come with battery packs that enable you to run them without plugging them in. However, the batteries need to be recharged every few hours.
Netbooks are small portable computing device, similar to a notebook, and are great for surfing the Web and checking e-mail. What differentiates a netbook from a notebook is its physical size and computing power. A netbook typically has a small display, ranging from 7 to 10 inches. It weighs less than 3 pounds, and supports a keyboard that is reduced in size from 75 to 80 percent when compared to a standard keyboard. Netbooks have built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB ports and slots for flash memory cards. To keep the devices small and compact, netbooks do not have a CD or DVD drive, and most use solid-state disks (SSD) for storage. Netbooks commonly run Linux or Windows XP Home edition operating systems. Devices under $500 (like I-pads, Kindle Fire, etc.) which cannot connect to the domain are considered a consumable. Devices over $500 are considered laptops and need to follow state guidelines.
SSD (Solid State Disk)
A solid-state drive (SSD) is similar to a flash drive in that it does not contain spinning or moving parts such as a HD (Hard Disk). They are generally faster than a standard HD to access data.
- All netbooks are personal (non-business) systems and cannot be upgraded to the professional version or use UNO’s MS site license. Faculty and staff should be completely aware of the university’s policy on data protection and should not access sensitive data on these devices.
- If you purchase a smartphone, we recommend getting a device with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange. Phones with Active Sync are encouraged.
- Personal devices such as Ipads, digital cameras, and graphic tablets receive limited support. End-users assume responsibility for learning how to operate and install these devices.
- Sound cards are standard on nearly every computer, but you cannot hear the audio from your computer without speakers. In many cases, they must be purchased at an additional cost.
- Many HP products (scanners, printers) require cables that must be purchased separately.
- CD-ROMs can only read CDs. If you need to create CDs, you must purchase a CD-RW drive. Since CD-RW drives can read and write CDs, you will rarely need to purchase separate CD-ROM and CD-RW drives on the same computer system. DVD-RW drives can read and write DVDs and CDs. DVD drives can read CDs and DVDs. If you need to create DVDs, you must purchase a DVD-R or DVD+R drive. A CD-RW/DVD-R or a CD-RW/DVD+R drive can read and write both CDs and DVDs.