Computer System Recommendations

As University Computing and Communications (UCC) works to provide a secure and stable networking environment, the following recommended standards have been developed for networked computers. These standards are continually updated, so always check for new policies before ordering equipment.  

The following minimum desktop system recommendations are based on 2 tiers of users:

Standard
General clients who use network resources, access share and personal drives, SharePoint, network printing, Web browsing and applications, email, and general desktop applications such as PeopleSoft and Microsoft Office.
Research
Advanced clients who run customized programs and scripts, handle large data sets, use virtualization, or heavier work with more advanced applications such as SAS, SPSS, AUTOCAD, etc.
 
Standard PC Desktop:
Intel Core i5
8 GB Memory
250GB SATA, HD
Intel vPro Technology
TPM chip
DVD +/-RW
1 gigabit Ethernet card
Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 Professional with NTFS
19" WXGA Digital Flat Panel LCD flat panel display
3 year limited warranty
Surge suppressor or UPS

 

Research PC Desktop:
Intel Core i7
16 GB Memory
1TB SATA, HD
For 3D display contact UCC
All other requirements same as Standard PC configuration

 

PC Laptops:
Intel Core i5 or equivalent
12 or 14.1” WXGA LCD
8 GB Memory
160GB SATA HD
Intel vPro Technology
TPM chip
DVD +/- RW
1 gigabit Ethernet card
Wireless 802.11 N Ready
Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 Professional with NTFS
3 year limited warranty
Carrying Case
Research Laptop
Intel Core i7 quad Core (i7-4800MQ or other quad core)
16 GB Memory
1TB SATA, HD
Laptops generally do not have a good 3D display contact UCC
All other requirements same as Standard PC configuration
Apple Desktops
21.5 or 27 inch all-in-one iMac for desktops
Intel Core i5
8 GB Memory
260GB SATA HD
256 MB discrete video
Surge suppressor or UPS
3 year limited warranty
Apple systems do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on an Apple you must purchase a separate Windows license.

 

Apple Laptops
15 inch MacBook Pro
Intel Core i5
8 GB Memory
160GB SATA HD
256 MB discrete video
Wireless 802.11 N Ready
3 year limited warranty
Carrying Case
Apple systems do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on an Apple you must purchase a separate Windows license.

 

Linux, UNIX, or Sun desktops
Intel Core i5 or equivalent
8 GB Memory
160GB SATA, HD
Intel vPro Technology
TPM chip
DVD +/-RW
1 gigabit Ethernet card
3 year limited warranty
Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 Professional with NTFS
19" WXGA Digital Flat Panel LCD flat panel display
Surge suppressor or UPS
Linux systems do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on a Linux system you must purchase a separate Windows license.

 

Linux, UNIX, or Sun Laptops
Intel Core i5 or equivalent
14.1” WXGA LCD
8 GB Memory
160GB SATA
Intel vPro Technology
TPM chip
DVD +/- RW
1 gigabit Ethernet card
Wireless 802.11 N Ready
3 yr limited warranty
Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 Professional with NTFS
Carrying Case
Linux systems do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on a Linux system you must purchase a separate Windows license.

Non-State contract systems for laptops/notebooks and workstations may be purchased if they meet the published minimum specs and have a 3 year warranty as per state guidelines. Dell or HP systems are recommended for State contract purchases. UCC staff is certified for Dell and HP systems and will assist with their warranties; however, the customer is responsible for all other vendor warranties.

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Printer Recommendations

 Connection

 Color

 Black and White

 

 Dell

HP

Dell

HP

Network

(multiple people print to it)

LaserJet 2150cdn

 LaserJetCP2025n

 LaserJet3330dn

LaserJet 3015dn

USB

(for individual use)

LaserJet 2150cdn

 LaserJetCP2025n

LaserJet2350d

LaserJetP2035

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Microsoft License

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.

Laptop/Notebook computer

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.

Netbook

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.

Additional Notes

  • 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.

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Contacts

 Vendor  Order Method  Recommended System
Apple

Laura Vencill
Toll-Free: 800.800.2775x46862
Direct: 512-674-6862
Fax: 866-219-9213
lvencill@apple.com
store.apple.com

 MacBook Pro
Dell Harry Fields
Toll-Free: 800-981-3355 x5139355
harry_fields@dell.com
Dell Premier Web Site for UNO*
Optiplex Series

Hewlett-Packard
(NWN Corporation)

Sharon Tardo
Direct: +1 (985) 966-1159
Fax: +1 (281) 983-5599
stardo@nwnit.com
www.nwnit.com 

HP Compaq Business
*You will have to create a Dell account. If you do not already have one, call the Dell POC. Once you create the account, it will use your email as your username. The password, you must specify.

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