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Computer Specs and Purchasing for Staff/Faculty

Device Consistency Benefits | Device Options | Setting Up a Standard Device | Standard Software | Security and Windows Settings
 

Pitt Information Technology’s Computer Purchasing and Standardization Program enables University academic and administrative units to purchase pre-configured devices for use by their staff and faculty at significant cost savings. When it’s time to purchase a new PC, simply contact your department’s IT support or purchasing administrator to buy the appropriate standard device through PantherExpress. It can be sent directly to your home or campus address.

This Computer 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 PC on their own are invited to do so through the Member Purchase Program which provides discounted prices on personal devices.)

Note: Instructors are encouraged, but not required, to participate. The exemption process for staff is currently in development.

Purchase a Device Through PantherExpress

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
  • Easy to 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
  • Virtual desktops can be leveraged for specialty or demanding apps

Device Options for Use by Departmental Staff and Instructors

Options include lower-cost devices with the minimum recommended configuration for working in the cloud, mid-range machines for mainstream users, a highly-portable model for those with high mobility needs, 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 (excluding Chromebooks) that includes coverage for accidental damage.

User Profile:

Minimum Recommended
Low-Cost Cloud Laptop

Mainstream Laptop

Mainstream Laptop Plus

Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid

Highly Mobile 2-in-1 Hybrid

Power User

Power User Plus High End

Device

Dell Chromebook 3100

Dell Latitude 5410

Dell Latitude 5410

Dell Latitude 7210

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Dell Latitude 7410

Dell Latitude 7410 Dell Mobile Precision 3551

Screen Size

11"

14"

14"

12.3"

12.3"

14"

14" 15"

Battery Life

14 hours

8 hours

8 hours

11 hours

11 hours

13 hours

13 hours 13 hours

Weight

2.85 lbs.

3.26 lbs.

3.26 lbs.

1.87 lbs.

1.7 lbs.

2.9 lbs.

2.9 lbs. 4 lbs.

Operating System

Chrome OS

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit

Windows Education 64-bit Windows Education 64-bit

Processor

Celeron 

Intel i5 

Intel i5 

Intel i5 

Intel i5 

Intel i7 

Intel i7  Intel i7 

Memory (RAM)

4 GB 

8 GB 

16 GB 

8 GB 

8 GB 

16 GB 

32 GB  32 GB 

Hard Drive

32 GB SSD 

256 GB SSD 

256 GB SSD 

256 GB SSD 

256 GB SSD 

512 GB SSD 

512 GB SSD  1 TB SSD

Webcam and Microphone

Included 

Included

Included 

Included 

Included

Included

Included Included

Wireless Card

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes Yes
Wired Port

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes
Graphics Processing Unit Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Integrated Graphics Dedicated Graphics Card

Est. Price*

~$365
(currently backordered)

~$760

~$880

~1,400

~1,500

~$1,400

~$1,560 ~$1,650
   

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Last updated: December 2, 2020

* 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.

Setting Up a Standard Device

  • Standard laptops are pre-configured right out of the box—just plug it in, log in with your Pitt credentials, let the start-up process complete, and begin using it from any location.
  • The device will automatically be configured for the Pitt environment and will be loaded with standard Pitt software, including Office 365, Zoom, Pitt Password Manager, antivirus protection, PittNet VPN, and more.
  • Departmental IT support/Pitt IT does not need to set up your laptop (i.e., they do not re-image the computer), though they can provide assistance if you experience a technical difficulty.
  • If you need additional software, contact your IT support team to install the application, or—if you have permissions to install software—install it yourself.
  • The computer will automatically be registered with Pitt IT’s enterprise device management service, so when updates and patches are deployed, your device will be updated automatically.