Important Computing Equipment Specs and Purchasing Instructions for Staff and Instructors

Overview

Standard Laptops | Highly Mobile Laptops | Chromebook Options | Setting Up a Laptop | Setting Up a Chromebook | Standard Software, Settings, Warranty | Monitor Options | Accessories & Peripherals

The Computing Equipment Purchasing and Standardization Program enables University units to purchase pre-configured PCs and peripherals at significant savings. When it’s time to purchase new computing equipment, simply contact your department’s IT support or purchasing administrator to buy the devices through PantherExpress >>. It can be sent directly to an employee's home or campus address. 

Most of the items listed below include additional negotiated discounts beyond our standard PantherExpress discount. To get the lowest price, place your order from the Standard Configurations page on Dell’s site.  This will be the first page you see when you go to the Dell Punch Out.  

This Computing Equipment Purchasing and Standardization Program is designed for department-purchased and owned devices for professional use by staff and instructors. (Faculty, staff, or students looking to purchase a recommended PC at a discount can do so through the Member Purchase Program.) Note: Instructors are encouraged, but not required, to participate.

NOTE: Due to global supply chain issues, some devices may take longer than normal to ship. Ship times are rapidly changing; please note the ship time when ordering. Dell recommends ordering as soon as possible for fastest delivery.

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Device Consistency Offers Many Benefits:

  • Streamlined purchasing and ship-to-home process, plus significant cost savings
  • More effective technical support and security, with enterprise device management
  • Set up right out of the box, without departmental IT assistance—standard University software is pre-loaded
  • All devices can run standard productivity applications from any location, either through the cloud or installed locally
  • All recommended peripherals are designed to work seamlessly with recommended PCs
  • Virtual desktops can be leveraged for specialty or demanding apps

Detail

Computer Options for Use by Departmental Staff and Instructors

Options include lower-cost minimal devices for working in the cloud, mid-range machines for mainstream users, highly-portable models for those who travel on or off campus frequently, and more powerful laptops for resource-intensive applications. All devices come standard with Wi-Fi capability, an integrated webcam and microphone, and a 3-year warranty that includes coverage for accidental damage.

Standard Laptops

The traditional form factor laptops are the most popular option for most users. We have selected several models that will fit most users' needs.

  • The Mainstream Laptop is ideal for basic productivity, Microsoft Teams and Zoom meetings, and video calls.
  • The Power User and Power User plus models are for users who work with several applications at the same time and require faster performance.
  • Two High End models are available. The High End 15 is a larger form factor device with a 15.6 inch screen ideal for creators and others who require the performance of a dedicated graphics card. The 14-inch laptop may be a good choice for faculty and staff who prefer a smaller screen but still require the power of a dedicated graphics card and Intel i7 processor.

User Profile:

Mainstream Laptop

Power User

Power User Plus High End 14 (NEW) High End 15
 

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Device

Dell Latitude 5440

Dell Latitude 7440

Dell Latitude 7440 Dell Mobile Precision 3480 Dell Mobile Precision 3581

Screen Size

14"

14"

14" 14" 15.6"

Battery Life

3 cell, 54Whr

3 cell, 57Whr

3 cell, 57Whr 3 cell, 54Whr 6 cell, 97Whr

Weight

3.09 lbs.

2.6 lbs.

2.6 lbs. 3.06 lbs. 4 lbs.

Operating System

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit Windows Education 64-bit Windows Education 64-bit

Processor

Intel i5 

Intel i7 

Intel i7  Intel i7  Intel i7 

Memory (RAM)

16 GB 

16 GB 

32 GB  32GB 32 GB 

Hard Drive

256 GB SSD 

512 GB SSD 

512 GB SSD  1 TB SSD 1 TB SSD

Webcam and Microphone

Included

Included

Included Included Included

Wireless Card

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wired Port

Yes

No

No Yes Yes
Graphics Processing Unit Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Dedicated Graphics Card (NVIDIA A500, 4GB GDDR6)  Dedicated Graphics Card (NVIDIA® RTX A1000 6GB)

Est. Price*

~$958

~$1,210

~$1,440 ~$1,680 ~$1,780
 

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Last updated: April 25, 2023

Due to global supply chain issues, some devices are taking longer than normal to ship. Ship times are rapidly changing; please note the ship time when ordering. Dell recommends ordering as soon as possible for fastest delivery.

Highly Mobile Laptops

This type of laptop is ideal for the person who is on the go, who requires a thin, light device with touch capabilities. When the keyboard is removed, the device becomes a Windows tablet. The Dell 7320 includes a stylus with the keyboard, while it is purchased separately for the Microsoft Surface Pro 9.

User Profile:

Dell Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid

Dell Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid Power User

Microsoft Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid Microsoft Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid Power User
 

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Device

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable with Pen

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable with Pen

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Screen Size

13"

13"

13" 13"

Battery Life

40 Whr

40 Whr

47.7 Whr 47.7 Whr

Weight

1.7 lbs.

1.7 lbs.

1.7 lbs. 1.7 lbs.

Operating System

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit Windows Education 64-bit

Processor

Intel i5 

Intel i7 

Intel i5 Intel i7 

Memory (RAM)

16 GB 

16 GB 

16 GB  16 GB 

Hard Drive

256 GB SSD 

512 GB SSD 

256 GB SSD  512 GB SSD

Webcam and Microphone

Included

Included

Included Included

Wireless Card

Yes

Yes Yes Yes
Wired Port

No

No

No No
Graphics Processing Unit Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics

Est. Price*

~$1,462

~$1,648

~$1,775 ~$2,125
 

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Last updated: June 2, 2022

Due to global supply chain issues, some devices are taking longer than normal to ship. Ship times are rapidly changing; please note the ship time when ordering. Dell recommends ordering as soon as possible for fastest delivery.

Standard Software Applications
Standard Security and Windows Settings
Warranty and Support.

For setup instructions, please see Setting Up Your Computer Purchased Through the Pitt's Standardization Program

 

 

Chromebook Options Now Available

Chromebooks are now available for purchase as part of the EndPoint Standardization program. These low-cost alternatives to Windows laptops are ideal for basic productivity and can also be used in conjunction with Azure Virtual Desktop, including our Virtual Desktops for Remote Work service, for more advanced uses. We advise that you consult with your IT department prior to purchase to ensure that a Chromebook will fit your needs. For details, refer to the sections below titled "Department Admin Steps for Chromebooks," "Setup Instructions for Chromebooks," and "Standard Chromebook Apps."

User Profile:

Minimum Recommended
Low-Cost Cloud Laptop

Touchscreen Chromebook

 

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Device

Dell Chromebook 3100

Dell Chromebook 3110 Touchscreen

Screen Size

11"

11"

Battery Life

14 hours

14 hours

Weight

2.85 lbs.

2.85 lbs.

Operating System

Chrome OS

Chrome OS

Processor

Celeron 

Celeron

Memory (RAM)

4 GB 

4 GB 

Hard Drive

32 GB SSD 

32 GB SSD  

Webcam and Microphone

Included 

Included

Wireless Card

Yes

Yes

Wired Port

No

No

Graphics Processing Unit Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics

Est. Price*

~$314

~$438

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Last updated: June 2, 2022

* Pending availability. Contact Pitt IT regarding equivalent options.
 The low-cost laptop represents the minimum recommended configuration for use at the University of Pittsburgh. It is intended to be used along with a virtual desktop and cloud-based applications.

Due to global supply chain issues, some devices are taking longer than normal to ship. Ship times are rapidly changing; please note the ship time when ordering. Dell recommends ordering as soon as possible for fastest delivery.

Department Admin Steps for Chromebooks
Setup Instructions for Chromebooks
Standard Chromebook Apps

 

Monitor Options

Recommended monitors are designed to work with standard laptops or other devices that support video and charging over USB-C. They all have docking capability and an HD screen display. This solution has many advantages:

  • One Cable Connectivity: Power/charge* your laptop, connect another screen and other USB peripherals; and eliminate the need for a dedicated dock.
  • USB Connectivity: Displays include four (4) USB ports for connecting peripherals, with the ability to daisy-chain multiple monitors.
  • Integrated Features: Various models includes an integrated wired ethernet card (NIC) and/or integrated webcam, mic, and speakers.
  • Saves Time and Money: Deeply discounted beyond standard PantherExpress prices, and utilizes fewer cables and devices to set up.

Recommended laptops, monitors, and accessories are designed to work together, but are compatible with many other devices. If you are using existing equipment and are unsure of their compatibility, contact the Pitt IT Technology Help Desk.

*Note: The High End laptop consumes more power than the docking monitor throughput can accommodate; it should be connected to a dedicated charger to maintain a full charge.

 

Recommended Setup for Typical Users

A dual monitor system is strongly recommended for all users, whether you purchase two monitors or use an existing screen with a DisplayPort input. Different users and environments will have different needs:

  • Dedicated Office: Someone who has a private University office or who works from a dedicated home office doesn't need to worry about background noise. They can participate in video meetings and calls without a headset, so a monitor-integrated or external webcam and mic is ideal. They generally have access to a wired Ethernet port. 
  • Open Office / Shared Space: In a shared (hoteling) space or open office (cubicle) environment, calls or video meetings need to happen over a headset for privacy, confidentiality, and noise reduction. A headset provides audio, while a laptop's built-in camera or a separate webcam provides video. They generally have access to a wired Ethernet port. 
  • Work From Home/Wireless Only: For those working primarily from home or in an office with wireless connectivity only, a basic docking monitor that also functions as a USB hub is sufficient. Their laptop's built-in camera, mic, and speaker or a headset and/or external webcam can provide audio and video.
  • Dual Display Monitor: A basic docking monitor can also function as a second screen. Its four USB ports can connect and charge additional devices and accessories.

 

Recommended Monitors

Note: External webcams and/or headsets are sold separately. See below in Accessories.

Model Description User Price Data Sheet  
P2422HE Dell 24 USB-C Hub Monitor with NIC All Users (with
​appropriate accessories)
~$241 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
P2423DE Dell 24 USB-C Hub Monitor with NIC and 90W power  All Users (with
​appropriate accessories)
~$290   PURCHASE NOW >>
P2723DE Dell 27 USB-C Hub Monitor with NIC and 90W power All Users (with
​appropriate accessories)
~$314   PURCHASE NOW >>
C1422H Dell 14 Portable Monitor Home/Wireless ~$218 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
P2722HE Dell 27 USB-C Hub Monitor, 1080P Home/Wireless ~$290 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
U2722DE Dell UltraSharp 27 USB-C Hub with NIC Monitor Shared/Open Space,
Home/Wireless
~$354 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
P3221D

Dell 32 USB-C Monitor (Note: does not support daisy chaining to second monitor)

Home/Wireless ~$390 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
C2422HE Dell 24 USB-C Conferencing Monitor with USB hub, NIC, camera, mic, and speaker Dedicated Office ~359 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>
C2722DE Dell 27 Video Conferencing Monitor with USB hub, NIC, camera, mic, and speaker Dedicated Office ~385 Data Sheet PURCHASE NOW >>

Due to global supply chain issues, some devices are taking longer than normal to ship. Ship times are rapidly changing; please note the ship time when ordering. Dell recommends ordering as soon as possible for fastest delivery.

Accessories and Peripherals

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Created
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