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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 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.

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 Puchasing & 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.

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 user, you'll need to log in to our Dell Premier site to see the details of the Dell models. Please provide our Dell representative, Jeff Hewett, with your name and HSU email address to obtain login credentials for the site. You can reach Jeff at Jeff_Hewett@Dell.com or 1-800 891-3355 ext 513-9376.

If you're a Mac user, you'll need to follow these instructions to register with the Apple ecommerce site to see details of the models recommended for HSU purchasers.

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 3010 Small Form Factor w/22" Monitor, 6GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $767*
 
Windows Dell OptiPlex 3010 Minitower w/22" Monitor, 6GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $758*
 
Windows Dell OptiPlex 3010 Desktop w/22" Monitor, 6GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $739*
 
Macintosh - iMac 21.5”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,099**

Advanced Model

Windows - Dell OptiPlex 9010 Small Form Factor w/22" Monitor, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), customizable from $1,036*
 
Windows - Dell OptiPlex 9010 Minitower w/22" Monitor, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), customizable from $1,003*
 
Macintosh - iMac 27", 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), customizable from $1,699*

*NOTE 1: You will need to create an account at Dell Premier (premier.dell.com) to utilize these links. The above URL takes you to a Welcome/Sign In page, but once you're logged in, the main page lists of all of the products they offer for sale under our deal.

**NOTE 2: After registering for access to the Apple/HSU Online Store (per registration instructions), login to ecommerce.apple.com and choose 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 main page for semi-complete product list).

 

 Laptop 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. Please provide our Dell representative, Jeff Hewett, with your name and HSU email address to obtain login credentials for the site. You can reach Jeff at Jeff_Hewett@Dell.com or 1-800 891-3355 ext 513-9376.

If you're a Mac person, you'll need to follow these instructions to register with the Apple ecommerce site to see details of the models recommended for HSU purchasers.

I use a laptop for...

  • Lightweight Internet access when I travel.
  • Back-up 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...

Netbook/Mini

Macintosh - MacBook Air 11”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB at the time of purchase only), customizable from $949**

Standard Model

Windows - Dell Latitude E6430, 14" Display, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 16GB), customizable from $1,076*
 
Windows - Dell Latitude E6530, 15.6" Display, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 16GB), customizable from $1,096*
 
Windows - Dell XPS 13 Notebook, 13.3” Display, Light-Weight (approx. 3lbs), 4GB RAM, non-customizable at $1,339*
 
Macintosh - MacBook Pro 13”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,099**

Advanced/Specialized Model

Windows - Dell Precision M4700, 15.6” Display, 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), customizable from $1,404*
 
Macintosh - MacBook Pro 15”, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), customizable from $1,699**

*NOTE 1: You will need to create an account at Dell Premier (premier.dell.com) to utilize these links.  The above URL takes you to a Welcome/Sign In page, but once you're logged in, the main page lists of all of the products they offer for sale under our deal.

**NOTE 2: After registering for access to the Apple/HSU Online Store (per registration instructions), login to ecommerce.apple.com and choose 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 main page for semi-complete product list).

A note on purchasing computers for personal use

Faculty, staff, and students can purchase home computers for personal use (not HSU-owned or serviced) at a discount through the HSU Bookstore website. Go to http://www.humboldt.edu/bookstore and follow the links at Technology -> Technology Partners to access special purchase deals from companies such as Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Faculty and staff should not use the Bookstore links to purchase computers for official HSU use. The above links to http://premier.dell.com and http://ecommerce.apple.com should be used to place orders for HSU-owned systems.

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