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The Kenan-Flagler IT Department recommends that faculty only purchase computers that are enterprise level or higher rather than consumer level computers in order to provide the best performance and the longest lifespan.

If you are a mobile user or frequently work from home we recommend using a laptop.

If you are not a mobile user or have intensive graphical or data processing needs we recommend choosing a desktop.

Our minimum hardware recommendations are as follows:

  • Latest or second latest generation Intel Core i5 or greater processor (current generation)
  • 8GB of RAM (memory) or greater
  • 256GB of hard drive storage or greater
    • We are strongly recommending the new m.2 PCIe NVMe type hard drives rather than older SATA drives (HDD or SSD)
  • Built in Ethernet port
  • 4 year accidental damage warranty (with the exception of Apple computers.)

The following are suggested hardware models and accessories often purchased by faculty.

Desktops

Dell Optiplex 5040 SFF (small form factor)


Kenan-Flagler Standard Desktop

Dell-5040-sff

Processor


i5-6500 Processor (Quad Core, 6MB, 4T, 3.2GHz, 65W)
Optional upgrade to i5-6600 or i7-6700

Memory/RAM


8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory
Optional upgrade to 8GB (2x8GB) or 16GB (2x8GB)

Hard Drive


2.5" 256GB SATA Class 10 Solid State Drive
Optional upgrade to M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Graphics


Intel Integrated Graphics
Optional upgrade to AMD Radeon™ R5 340X (2GB DP/DVI-I) or AMD Radeon™ R7 350X, 4GB, HH (DP, SL-DVI-I)

Ports


USB 3.0 - 6 (2 front, 4 rear)
External USB 2.0 - 4 (2 front, 2 rear)
RJ-45 (Ethernet) – 1
Serial – 1
Display Port – 2
HDMI – 1
PS/2 – 2
UAJ - 1
Line-out - 1

Other


8x DVD+/-RW 9.5mm Optical Disk Drive
Dell KB216 Wired Keyboard English Black
Dell MS116 Wired Mouse Black
Optional Dell Media Card Reader
Optional Intel® Dual Band Wireless 8260 (802.11ac) + Bluetooth

Price


$705.70

Laptops

Dell Latitude 7270

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Processor


Intel® Core™ i5-6300U (Dual Core, 2.4GHz, 3M cache, 15W)
Option upgrade to i7-6600U (Dual Core, 2.6GHz, 4M cache, 15W)

Memory/RAM


8GB (1x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory
Optional upgrade to
16GB (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory

Hard Drive


M.2 256GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
Option upgrade to M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Graphics/Screen


Intel® Integrated HD Graphics 520
12.5” FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti Glare LCD with Camera and mic
Optional upgrade to
12.5" FHD (1920x1080) Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT, camera/mic, WLAN/WWAN/WIGIG, Carbon Fiber

Ports


Universal Jack
3 USB 3.0 (one with PowerShare)
SD 4.0 Memory Card Reader
Network connector (RJ-45), SIM card slot

Dimensions


Height: 0.74" (18.85 mm) x Width: 12.22" (310.5 mm) x Depth: 8.47" (215.15 mm)
Weight: 2.77lbs (1.26Kg)

Price


$1,177.94

Microsoft Surface Book

SurfaceBook

Processor


6th Gen Intel Core i5
Optional upgrade to i7

Memory/RAM


8GB
Option upgrade to 16GB

Hard Drive


256GB SSD
Optional upgrade to 512GB

Graphics/Screen


NVIDIA GeForce graphics (GPU)
13.5” PixelSense display
Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch

Ports


Two full-size USB 3.0
Full-size SD card reader
Surface Connect
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort

Dimensions


Laptop: 9.14 x 12.30 x 0.51- 0.90 in ( 232.1 x 312.3 x 13 -22.8 mm)
Clipboard: 8.67 x 12.30 x 0.30 in (220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7 mm)
Total: 3.34 pounds (1.51 kg)
Just tablet: 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg)

Accessories


Comes with Surface Pen and detachable keyboard
Optional dock
Optional Arc Mouse

Price


$1,928.30

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260


CCI Build

sub-series-yoga260

Processor


Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.80GHz)

Memory/RAM


8GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM

Hard Drive


256 GB Solid State Drive

Graphics/Screen


Intel HD Graphics 520
12.5 FHD(1920 x 1080) Multitouch – Digitizer Pen

Ports


2 USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
HDMI
microSD
Integrated Fingerprint Reader

Dimensions


2.9 Lbs

Price


$1,563.00

Apple MacBook Pro

MACBOOKPRO

Processor


Intel Core i5 up to 3.1GHz Dual-Core, 3MB Cache

Memory/RAM


8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory

Hard Drive


256GB Flash Storage

Graphics/Screen


Intel Iris Pro Graphics
13.3” Retina LED Backlit Glossy Resolution: (2560×1600)

Ports


Two USB 3.0 ports
SDXC card slot
Two Thunderbolt port (mDP)

Dimensions


3.48 pounds

Price


$1979.00

Tablets


Apple iPad Pro 9.7"

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Processor


A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture
Embedded M9 coprocessor

Memory/RAM


2GB LPDDR4 RAM

Hard Drive


32GB, 128GB or 256GB

Graphics


Retina Display
2048X1536 resolution

Ports


Lightning Connector
Headphone Jack

Other


12-megapixel iSight camera
Dual microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording
Four speaker audio

Price


$699.00

WebCams


Logitech C920

logitech webcam

Specs


1080p video calling
Dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction
Auto low-light correction
Tripod-ready
$65.00

Headsets


Plantronics Savi W720 Headset

Plantronics-W720

Specs


Also comes in a "-M" version optimized for use with Microsoft Skype for Business
Wireless, over the head, binaural
Connects to desk phone, computer, mobile phone
Up to 13 hours of talk time
350ft wireless range
$260.00