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Computers for official use at HSU can be purchased by anyone with the authority to use a Procurement Credit Card or sign off on a Requisition/Purchase Order. When you're planning to purchase a new computer for your office or department, please refer to the descriptions below to select the most appropriate model for your needs; these are the models recommended by ITS and are available for purchase at a discount from the HSU Bookstore's Jacks Technology Center or direct from Dell or Apple. Please do not purchase a computer not listed on this page without first consulting with your ITC.

First, you need to determine the model of computer you need, based on how you use it.

  • If you always work in your office, please select from the Desktop Models
  • If you need to work in multiple places, please select from the Laptop Models

Note that prices given below are guidelines only; final pricing should be confirmed with the vendor before placing your order.

It's also vitally important that you include the full name of the person to whom the system is to be delivered when you place the order, otherwise your new computer may not get to you when you expect it.

Desktop Models

Review the suggestions below regarding the type of work you do on your computer to create a shortlist of potential solutions.

If you're a PC person, you'll need to log in to our Dell Premier site to see the details of the Dell models. See Note 1 below for more information.

If you're a Mac person, individual staff/faculty and small departmental purchases can be made at the HSU Bookstore's Jacks Technology Center or by calling the computer department manager directly at (707) 826-3958. For larger departmental purchases, you'll need to register with the Apple ecommerce site (see Note 2 below).

I use a computer for...
  • Mostly web-based applications (MyHumboldt, Google Apps, SharePoint, Peoplesoft)
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Programs like SPSS or Minitab
  • Google Earth
  • Reading and Creating PDF files
All of the applications listed for the Standard Models at left, plus:
  • ArcGIS
  • AutoCAD
  • Data Redundancy
    (Fault Tolerance)
  • Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro)
We recommend...
Standard Model
Windows - Dell OptiPlex 3020, customizable from $656*
 
Macintosh - iMac 21.5”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,099**
Advanced Model
Windows - Dell OptiPlex 9020, customizable from $944*
 
Macintosh - iMac 27", 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), customizable from $1,699*

*NOTE 1: You will need to log into the Dell Premier website for more details and exact pricing. Go to http://premier.dell.com and click Sign in to Premier, then search for the specific model number that best matches your requirements from the table above. The general access username is dellshopper@humboldt.edu and the password is hsudell1.

**NOTE 2: After registering for access to the Apple/HSU Online Store (following these registration instructions), log into ecommerce.apple.com. Choose the specific model type you're interested in from the Mac drop-down menu at the top of the main page for specific pricing and product details (or scroll down the main page for a comprehensive product list).

 

Portable Models

If you're a PC person, you'll need to log in to our Dell Premier site to see the details of the Dell models. See Note 1 below for more information.

If you're a Mac person, individual staff/faculty and small departmental purchases can be made at the HSU Bookstore's Jacks Technology Center or by calling the computer department manager directly at (707) 826-3958. For larger departmental purchases, you'll need to register with the Apple ecommerce site (see Note 2 below).

I use a laptop for...
  • Lightweight Internet access when I travel.
  • Backup computing
  • Mostly web-based applications (MyHumboldt, Google Apps, SharePoint, Peoplesoft)
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Programs like SPSS or Minitab
  • Google Earth
  • Reading and creating PDF files
All of the applications listed for the Standard Models at left, plus:
  • ArcGIS (average performance)
  • AutoCAD (average performance)
  • Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro)
 We recommend...
Tablet/Mini
Windows - Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Work with your ITC to determine which model and accessories will best meet your needs.  From $799.
 
Macintosh - MacBook Air 11”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB at the time of purchase only), customizable from $949**
Standard Model
Windows - Dell Latitude E5440, 14" display, customizable from $853*
 
Windows - Dell Latitude E5540,15.6" display, customizable from $887*
 
Windows - Dell Ultrabook E7240, 12.5” display, customizable from $1,223*
 
Windows - Dell Ultrabook E7440, 14" display, customizable from $1,221
 
Macintosh - MacBook Pro 13”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,099**
Advanced/Specialized Model
Windows - Work with your ITC to configure the standard model recommendation with available upgrades. These upgradeable components include a faster processor, better video card, and more memory.
 
Macintosh - MacBook Pro 15”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,699**
*NOTE 1: You will need to log into the Dell Premier website for more details and exact pricing. Go to http://premier.dell.com and click Sign in to Premier, then search for the specific model number that best matches your requirements from the table above. The general access username is dellshopper@humboldt.edu and the password is hsudell1.
**NOTE 2: After registering for access to the Apple/HSU Online Store (following these registration instructions), log into ecommerce.apple.com. Choose the specific model type from the Mac drop-down menu at the top of the main page for specific pricing and product details (or scroll down the main page for a comprehensive product list).

 

Faculty and staff: Apple Registration Instructions: steps to register for PO purchases

Humboldt State University faculty and staff who purchase Apple equipment with a PO must complete a one-time registration at the URL below to ensure access to the correct Humboldt State University store with additional discounts.

If you're already an Authorized Online Purchaser (you have the authority to submit POs online), please go to the URL below and verify that your Apple ID and password are still working.

If you are creating a quote for equipment that someone else in your department will ultimately buy, advise your purchaser that you are creating an account, and that they will have to follow these steps once. You'll need to know their email address so that you can enter it during step one below.

  1. Visit myaccess.apple.com. Click Sign Up and go through the steps. Once you've completed the process, you will receive a Welcome email confirming that you now have access to the ecommerce.apple.com online education store for your purchases and quotes. You'll receive approval within 24 hours.
  2. Problems? Call 800-800-2775 and choose option 6.
  3. Once approved, bookmark ecommerce.apple.com to log in and create your quotes

Monitor Arms

If you need to purchase a mounting arm for your computer monitor, the recommended model, Humanscale Model M2BS1S, can be purchased through the CSU discount program for $123.90. For details, please follow the directions below:
  1. From myHumboldt, click on the CSYOU link
  2. Select Humboldt from the picklist
  3. At the main CSYOU page, open the Tools & Services drop-down menu and select Purchasing & Contract Tools from the QuickLinks menu section
  4. Select Systemwide Contract Store from the left-hand navigation on the Tools & Services home page
  5. Enter Humanscale in the search box
  6. Double-click on the Humanscale Corporation link for purchasing and rep contact information.
     

A note on purchasing computers for personal use

Faculty, staff, and students can purchase PC and Mac home computers for personal use (not HSU-owned or serviced) at a discount through the HSU Bookstore's Jacks Technology Center, located inside the bookstore at the University Center. To learn more, visit the Center or call the computer department manager directly at (707) 826-3958. The staff is happy to answer questions and make sure that purchasers get the equipment they need. Large purchases for HSU-owned systems (where the total order value exceeds $10,000) should be directed to http://premier.dell.com or http://ecommerce.apple.com

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