Equipment Purchase Recommendations
Purchasing equipment with Mines funds for business or academic use
Mines faculty and staff periodically purchase new laptops, PCs, printers, and other hardware as part of their jobs. But exactly what hardware should you buy?
To make that question easier to answer, ITS put together these recommendations. We hope to make equipment purchases quick and painless. Our in-depth knowledge of this specific hardware should make any needed repairs simpler and faster as well.
See the links below for instructions on how to purchase particular items.
Recommended Computer Configurations for Faculty and Staff
Buying a new desktop or laptop for work? ITS has optimized our configuration and support systems around the recommendations found here.
You can order any of the preconfigured recommended systems described below by ordering directly from Dell Premier. Scroll down a bit to My Tools and select Standard Configurations. Accessories can also be purchased directly from this site. If you do not see a standard configuration that works for you, then please submit a Mines Help Center request and let us work with you. We can then generate an eQuote that you will then be able to retrieve at the Dell Premier site and purchase directly.
Administrative Desktop – For typical administrative and desktop usage consisting in use of installed academic or administrative utilities, large scale spreadsheets, virtual machines, Matlab, Mathematica, Labview, etc. Is also suitable for light duty desktop computing consisting mostly of email, document preparation, Internet activity, etc.
High Performance Desktop – This is a scientific and engineering workstation for when high end CPU and RAM are required.
Laptop – A laptop computer that is verstaile and will meet the needs of most users
All quotes include 3 year ProSupport Plus with Next Business Day Onsite Service. Note that our standard configurations do not include Windows as we install an upgraded version of Windows once the conputer arrives.
Standard installations will include:
- Microsoft Windows 10 EDU
- Microsoft Office Professional
- Firefox and Chrome
- Adobe Reader, Java and selected other utilities
- Symantec Endpoint Protection
- Laptops will be encrypted using the built in Microsoft BitLocker
For Adobe premium products see https://its.mines.edu/adobe-premium-commercial-products. Do not purchase Adobe products from Dell.
Once your new computer arrives, please open a Mines Help Center request (http://helpdesk.mines.edu) and allow 3-5 working days for ITS to configure and setup the new system. Other software will be installed on request, licensing permitting.
If you believe that these configurations are not a good fit for your needs, then please consult with us for recommendations. Alternatives may experience delays in configuration and support.
RECOMMENDED PRINTERS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
|Personal (directly attached)||HP LaserJet Pro M102w |
HP Part G3Q35AR#BGJ (with Wi-Ffi Direct disabled)
|HP Color LaserJet Pro M254dw
HP Part T6B60A#BGJ (with Wi-Fi Direct disabled)
|Small Workgroup:||HP LaserJet Pro M402DNE|
HP Part C5J91A#BGJ
|HP Color LaserJet Pro M452DN
HP Part CF389A#BGJ
|High Volume/Lab:||HP LaserJet Enterprise M609x |
HP Part K0Q22A#BGJ
|HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M653dn
HP Part J8A04A#BGJ
We have streamlined the purchasing of our recommended printers through CDW-G.
Recommended Surface Tablets
Considering a Surface Tablet? We recommend for most Mines applications that you get – i5 or i7 processor – 8GB or more RAM – 256GB or more SSD storage If you would like assistance with making a decision then please contact ITS through the Mines Help Center. When you are ready to purchase you can get our best prices and order directly from CDW-G. When your tablet arrives then let us know and we will configure it for campus use.
Purchasing equipment for personal use
Dell offers a discount program for all employees, students, their families and friends. Discount details:
• Up to 30% off Dell PCs, Electronics and Accessories.
• Dell Advantage: 3% back + free 2nd business day shipping (Register at Checkout).
• Monthly exclusive deals.
This program is available at www.Dell.com/dellu/Mines
Apple offers discounts through their Apple Education Store at www.apple.com/us-hed/shop and at their retail stores. Be sure to bring your proof of education status, such as your BlasterCard.
Lenovo also offers discounts and free shipping. See www3.lenovo.com/us/en/usstudents/portals/students/