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

Latitude 7480

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

Better

Latitude 7480 customized with 8GB RAM and 256 GB HD

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

Best

Latitude 7480 customized with i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256 GB HD and 14" FHD screen

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 3050 MT

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

Better

OptiPlex 5050 MTW

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

Best

OptiPlex 5050 MT

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

iMac 21.5-inch w/8 GB RAM

8GB ram, good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

iMac 21.5-inch w/16 GB RAM

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

Best

iMac 27-inch w/32 GB RAM

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

View current educational prices (link will open in a new window). To purchase, contact the Purchasing Office at (309) 298-1819.

Recommended Mac Laptop Computers

Good

13.3" MacBook Pro w/128 GB SSD

Good for basic word processing, general web browsing.

Better

13.3" MacBook Pro w/256 GB SSD

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

Best

15.4" MacBook Pro w/512 GB SSD

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

View current educational prices (link will open in a new window). To purchase, contact the Purchasing Office at (309) 298-1819.

Color or black and white printing?

Recommended Color Printers

Light Use

Dell C2660dn

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

Moderate Use

Dell Smart Color Printer | S3840cdn

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

Heavy Use

Dell Color Smart Printer - S5840cdn

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

Dell Smart Printer | S2830dn

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

Moderate Use

Dell Mono Laser Printer | B3460dn

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

Heavy Use

Dell Smart Printer | S5830dn

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.