University Technology

WIU Departmental Computer & Printer Recommendations

University Technology has recommended specific devices and models for departmental (faculty & staff) use , and has secured special educational pricing. Select whether you are looking for a computer or a printer to begin. (If looking to purchase for personal use, visit Dell.com/WIU and Apple.com/education/pricelists. Recommendations for students can be found under Student Resources.)


Windows PC or a Mac?

Desktop computer or a laptop?

Desktop computer or a laptop?

Recommended Windows Laptop Computers

Good

Dell Latitude 3410 (Non-Touchscreen)

Baseline model, good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

Dell Latitude 5410 (Non-Touchscreen)

Good for higher end applications (SPSS, SAS, Mathematica).

Best

Dell Latitude 5310 (Touchscreen)

Good for advanced users (Autocad, high end video rendering, memory/processor intensive applications)

For current prices and to place an order, visit dell.com/westernillinoisuniversity (link will open in a new window).

Recommended Windows Desktop Computers

Good

Optiplex 3070 (Slim Profile)

Baseline model, good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

OptiPlex 5080 (Tower), 16GB memory

Good for higher end applications (SPSS, SAS, Mathematica).

Best

OptiPlex 5080 (Tower), 32GB memory

Good for advanced users (Autocad, high end video rendering, memory/processor intensive applications)

For current prices and to place an order, visit dell.com/westernillinoisuniversity (link will open in a new window).

Recommended Mac Desktop Computers

Good

24-inch iMac with Retina 4.5K display: Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM

Good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

24-inch iMac with Retina 4.5K display: Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM

Good for processor- and memory-intensive uses such as video editing, graphic design, CAD, etc.

Best

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display: 3.3GHz 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB, 16GB RAM

Larger screen, best option for processor- and memory-intensive uses.

View current educational prices (link will open in a new window). To request a quote, please email support@wiu.edu. To purchase, contact the Purchasing Office at (309) 298-1819.

Recommended Mac Laptop Computers

Good

13-inch MacBook Pro: Apple M1 Chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM

Good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM

Good for processor- and memory-intensive uses such as video editing, graphic design, CAD, etc.

Best

16-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM

Larger screen, best option for processor- and memory-intensive uses.

View current educational prices (link will open in a new window). To request a quote, please email support@wiu.edu. To purchase, contact the Purchasing Office at (309) 298-1819.

Color or black and white printing?

Recommended Color Printer

Light Use

Lexmark CS421dn

For printing between 500-2,000 pages/month. Recommended for 1-10 users.

Moderate Use

Lexmark CS622de

For printing between 1,500-5,000 pages/month. Recommended for 5-15 users.

Heavy Use

Lexmark CS725de

For printing between 3,000-15,000 pages/month. Recommended for 10-20 users.

For current prices and to place an order, visit dell.com/westernillinoisuniversity (link will open in a new window).

Recommended Black and White Printers

Light Use

Lexmark MS421dn

For printing between 1,000-4,000 pages/month. Recommended for 1-10 users.

Moderate Use

Lexmark MS621dn

For printing between 3,000-16,000 pages/month. Recommended for 5-15 users.

Heavy Use

Lexmark MS823dn

For printing between 5,000-30,000 pages/month. Recommended for 10-20 users.

For current prices and to place an order, visit dell.com/westernillinoisuniversity (link will open in a new window).


Questions? Please contact our Support Center at (309) 298-TECH or support@wiu.edu. Our staff is happy to assist with your computer purchase.