Choosing the Right Technology For You

We have assembled information on recommended computing devices for various use cases and budgets. For faculty, staff, and graduate students, we have selected commercial-grade equipment including 3-year warranties. To understand more on why, please see this document on commercial-grade equipment.

For more information on how to order, click the vendor logo under the respective category.

Desk Use - Micro Form Factor

Desktop for faculty, staff, students, solid performer
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Model Optiplex 3046 Micro ThinkCentre M700 10HY ThinkCentre M700 10HY
Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Specs Intel i5-6500T
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
DisplayPort, HDMI

Intel i5-6500T
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
DisplayPort, VGA/DP

Intel i5-6500T
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
DisplayPort, VGA/DP

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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Lab Use - PCI slot for DAQ

Desktop for labs, faculty, staff, students, full PCI slot for cards
Manufacturer Dell
Model Optiplex 5040 MT XTCO
Dell
Specs Intel i5-6500
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
2 x DisplayPort, HDMI











Data Sheet PDF link
Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Entry Level - Laptop

Entry-level laptop for casual use
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo
Model Latitude E5470 Thinkpad E460 20ET ** Thinkpad T460 20FN ^^
Dell Lenovo
Specs Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 1920x1080
1.76 kg
Intel i7-6500U
8 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
14" 1920x1080
1.82 kg
Intel i5-6200U
4 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
14" 1366x768
1.7 kg
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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Standard - Laptop

Laptop for faculty, staff, students, long life
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Model Latitude E7470 ThinkPad T460 20FN ThinkPad T460 20FN
Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Specs Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 2560x1440 Touch
1.5 kg
Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 1920x1080
1.7 kg
Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 1920x1080
1.7 kg
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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Road Warriors - Ultrabook

Light laptop for frequent travel, faculty, staff
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Model Latitude 7370 ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB ThinkPad T460s 20F9
Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Specs Intel Core m5-6Y54
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
13.3" QHD 3200x1800 Touch
1.12 kg
Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 1920x1080
1.18 kg
Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
14" 1920x1080
1.4 kg
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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Teaching with Stylus - Tablet

Tablet for teaching and presenting
Manufacturer Microsoft Microsoft
Model Surface Pro 4 Surface Pro 4 ** ++ ThinkPad X1 Tablet 20GG
Microsoft Microsoft
Specs Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
12.3" 2736x1824 Touch
1.73 kg
Intel i5-6300U
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
12.3" 2736x1824 Touch
1.73 kg
Intel Core m5 6Y57
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
12" 2160x1440
1.07 kg
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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

CAD and Graphics - Workstation

CAD and graphics, faculty, staff, students
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Model Precision T3620 ThinkStation P510 30B5 ThinkStation P410 30B3
Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Specs Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5
16 GB RAM
256 SSD + 1 TB HDD
AMD FirePro W5100

Intel Xeon E5-1620 v4
16 GB RAM
512 GB SSD
NVIDIA Quadro M2000

Intel Xeon E5-1630 v4
16 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
NVIDIA Quadro M2000

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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata

Computation - Workstation

Computation, faculty, staff, students
Manufacturer Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Model Precision 5810 ThinkStation P310 30AV ThinkStation P310 30AT
Dell Lenovo Lenovo
Specs Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4
16 GB RAM
512 SSD + 2 TB HDD
NVIDIA NVS 310

Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
Intel Graphics

Intel i7-6700
16 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
Intel Graphics

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Vendor Dell Stronghold Compudata
** Warranty: Where denoted, these systems are in the consumer / professional category, come with a default 1-year warranty, but 3-year warranties are available. We recommend a commercial grade device with a default 3-year warranty for best results.
^^ Display Resolution: Where denoted, display resolution may not be suitable for many Engineering applications, we suggest a minimum resolution of 1920x1080.
++ Warranty Provisions: Where denoted, the warranty provisions for hardware support state that the end customer must be the direct contact for said support.


Monitors and Peripherals are available from the above vendors, and can be ordered directly on Mustang Market or by contacting the vendor. We would suggest a minimum display size of 24 inches / 1920x1080 resolution or greater

We can assist with unique hardware purchase requests, software licensing, etc. Please contact the Engineering ITG Help Desk for assistance.