University Technology

Faculty/Staff Computer Recommendations & Purchases

The following recommendations are for purchases of University-owned equiment for faculty/staff usage. Discounted pricing for personal use can be located at Dell.com/WIU and Apple.com/education/pricelists. Recommendations for students can be found under Student Resources.

Desktops

PC

WIU has secured low-price quotes from Dell for this hardware, and can be purchased at Dell.com/WesternIllinoisUniversity.

Otherwise, Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Windows configuration for new Dell desktop PCs. 

Desktop Configuration Specifications
  • Intel Core i5 or Higher
  • 8 GB RAM minimum
  • 1 TB Hard Drive minimum
  • 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor or larger 
  • Sound Card
  • 512 MB Video Card
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 4 or 5 Year Warranty 

Mac

iMac front view.

Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Mac configuration for new Mac laptops and desktops. Educational pricing for Mac products can be found online at Apple.com.

Desktop Configuration Specifications - iMac 21.5" 

iMac 21.5 inch.

  • 2.9 GHz or higher
  • 8 GB RAM minimum (not upgradeable after purchase)
  • 1 TB Hard Drive minimum
  • Wired keyboard and wired mouse
  • 4 Year AppleCare (Parts Only)
  • Optional: USB SuperDrive (no internal optical drive included)

Laptops

PC

Dell Latitude Laptop. WIU has secured low-price quotes from Dell for this hardware, and can be purchased at Dell.com/WesternIllinoisUniversity.

Otherwise, Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Windows configuration for new Dell laptops.

Laptop Configurations Specifications
  • Intel Core i5 or higher
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 500 GB Hard Drive minimum
  • 14" screen or larger
  • Sound Card
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless
  • 4 or 5 Year Warranty
  • Accidental Damage Service

Mac

MacBook Pro.Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Mac configuration for new Mac laptops. Educational pricing for Mac products can be found online at Apple.com.

Laptop Configurations Specifications
  • MacBook Pro 
    • 13 or 15 '' Retina Display
    • 8 GB RAM minimum (not upgradeable after purchase)
    • 250 GB  Flash storage minimum
    • 4 Year AppleCare (Parts Only)