Each Spring the University asks Departments to submit equipment requests (on campus link only.) Equipment requests for academic equipment (including computers) are evaluated by the office of the Associate Provost. The Associate Provost reviews these requests following defined guidelines for upgrading and replacing faculty computers. Requests for administrative equipment are evaluated by the Assistant Provost and Chief Technology Officer.

These guidelines are intended to help departments prepare for the annual budget cycle. The University expects that its computers will have at least a 4-5 year useful life. In order to help departments with their annual budget requests, the office of Information Technology Services maintains the following list of recommended technology equipment for budget projection purposes.

Please note: All old computers and printers being replaced by new equipment must be returned to Information Technology Services (ITS) unless a request to keep a system as a "hand-me-down" has been specifically approved by either the Associate Provost (for academic equipment) or the Assistant Provost and CTO (for administrative equipment.)

 

Recommended Computer Equipment and Pricing for Budget Planning

Apple Systems

  • iMac
    • 21" Widescreen, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD,  with AppleCare - $1,370
  • MacBook Air
    • 11'' Widescreen, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD w/AppleCare and sleeve - $1,175
    • 13" Widescreen, 8GB RAM, 128 SSD w/AppleCare and sleeve - $1,400
    • Ethernet Adapter - $29
    • VGA Adapter to connect to projector - $29
  • MacBook Pro
    • 13" Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 500GB, w/AppleCare, case - $1,450
    • 15" Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 500GB, w/AppleCare, case - $2,200
    • Ethernet Adapter - $29
    • VGA Adapter - $29
  • Mac Mini
    • Mac Mini, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD,  w/AppleCare - $758
    • Magic Mouse - $69
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard - $50
  • Macintosh Software
    • Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint will be pre-installed on computer 
    • Adobe PhotoShop Elements - $50
    • Adobe Acrobat X Pro - $100
    • E-mail, web browsers, and virus protection are provided by ITS
  • iPad
    • iPad Air - 16GB $479,  64GB $579
    • iPad Mini with Retina Display - 16GB $379, 64GB $479
  • Apple Accessories
    • Logitech Solar Bluetooth Keyboard w/number pad - $80
    • Apple Magic Mouse - $69
    • 23" Monitor - $200
    • VMWare Fusion - $49
    • External Backup Drive - $100
    • 4GB memory Upgrade - $100
  • Windows Systems
    • Lenovo Desktop PC - 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, CD-R/DVDRW, with a Lenovo 23" LCD Monitor, 3 year warranty - $1000
    • Lenovo Desktop PC - All-in-One Computer - 8GB RAM, 500G HD, 20" Display, CD-RW/DVDRW, 3 year warranty - $950
    • Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop - 14" Screen, 8GB RAM, 500G HD, CD-RW/DVD, WiFi, camera, 3 year Drop and Spill warranty - $1,100
    • Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop - 15.6" Screen, 8GB RAM, 500G HD, CD-RW/DVD, WiFi, camera  - $1,200
    • Lenovo Thinkpad Edge - Basic Thinkpad with Webcam, 15" Display 500G HD, 4GB Memory - $650
      • Nice less expensive notebook computer. 
  • Accessories
    • External Backup Hard Drive for PC - $100
    • USB Flash Drive for Mac or PC - 64GB (Dept. Funds) - $35
    • Lenovo 4Gb Memory Upgrade - $100
    • Lenovo 23" Monitor - $200
    • Thinkpad Power Adapter - $65
    • Wireless Keyboard - Logitech Solar - $67.00
    • Wireless Mouse - $35
  • Windows Software
    • Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access will be pre-installed on the computer
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements - $50
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro - $100
    • E-mail, web browsers, and virus/spyware protection and PDF writer are provided by IT Services.
  • Printers
  • Strongly consider printing to a shared network printer/copier before requesting a printer. Printer requests will be carefully reviewed for 2015-2016.
    • Lexmark E360dn Laser Printer - 40ppm w/duplexing - Great for individuals or a small workgroup not needing multiple media options - $365
    • Lexmark Laser Printer - 50ppm Networked Laser Printer for Workgroups with Duplexer, and Extra 500 Sheet Tray - $1,100
    • 500 Sheet Paper Tray for Lexmark Printers - $260

Please note: prices listed are not exact costs - the prices are for budget planning only.

For assistance with planning for departmental computer purchases, please contact your department's ITS Liaison (on campus link) or call the Help@Ames Desk at 309-556-3900.