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.

Standard Configuratons

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 Do not purchase Adobe products from Dell.

Once your new computer arrives, please open a Mines Help Center request ( and allow 3-5 working days for ITS to configure and setup the new system. Other software will be installed on request, licensing permitting.

Other Options

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.



The Mines network environment has the resources necessary to manage access to shared printers. However, not every network printer can be managed. Unmanaged network printers are visible to the entire campus, even if they’re behind locked doors. We therefore do not recommend using other than Enterprise Network class printers in any networked setting.

All recommended printers are HP LaserJet printers. Inkjet printers have low entry prices but are higher maintenance and cost to operate. Our network, monitoring & infrastructure is optimized for HP printers.

Network printers may not be configured as their own wireless network as they cause interference with the wireless network (HP calls this “Wi-Fi Direct”). For optimal reliability, printers must either be connected to the network with a wired connection, or directly connected to a computer with USB. You will still be able to print from a wirelessly connected computer through a print server, or, for an unmanaged printer, by connecting directly to the wired connection’s address.

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)
OrePrint-Ready Printers
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

Apple offers discounts through their Apple Education Store at 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