UNIVERSITY HARDWARE PURCHASES: SELECTING EQUIPMENT

PC Desktops (Recommended Systems)

Pomeroy/HP has been selected as the university's supplier of Intel/Microsoft Windows based personal computers. The HP Elite desktops feature an impressive 5 year on-site warranty and come preconfigured with a full suite of university licensed software including Microsoft Office Professional featuring Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access as well as anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities. You can select from several PC bundles or customize a system to your liking.

Pomeroy HP Desktop Computer Express Order Sheet (PDF)
updated April 3, 2014

 

PC Laptops (Recommended Systems)

Pomeroy/HP has been selected as the university's supplier of Intel/Microsoft Windows based portable computers. The HP EliteBook laptops selected by the university come with a standard 3 year warranty and come preconfigured with a full suite of university licensed software including Microsoft Office Professional featuring Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access as well as anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities.

You can order a pre-configured portable bundle using the Express Order Sheet below, or visit the Pomeroy/WSU Online Store and customize a system to your specific needs. For more information, download and print out the Express Order Sheet.

Pomeroy HP Laptops Express Order Sheet (PDF)
updated March 11, 2014

 

Apple Macintosh (Recommended Systems)

CaTS supports Apple Macintosh systems running MacOS X 10.3 and greater. The full line of Apple iMacs, MacBooks, Mac mini and Mac Pro products are available at special WSU pricing via the WSU/Apple Online Store. You can reach this store directly to create a quote or access it through Wright Buy to expedite the purchasing process.

Support for Boot Camp, Parallels and other methods of running Microsoft Windows on Macintosh systems is limited. Full functionality of Windows applications and services are not guaranteed to run on Macs.

Visit the WSU/Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/education/store
(select the Higher Education link at the bottom of the page)

 

Printers, Scanners, and Multifunction Devices

Before purchasing a printer, scanner or multifunction device, please check the specifications to ensure that it is compatible with the type of computer and operating system that you are using. Older systems may not have the required USB port used by newer devices. Not all printers are compatible with Macintosh systems.

To get started, click the link below to download the Express Order Sheet. It lists recommended printers, scanners and multifunction (print/scan/fax) devices including color and black & white laser printers, color inkjet printers and more. For product specifications, please visit the manufacturer's website or contact our recommended reseller.

Printers, Scanner, and Multifunction Device Express Order Sheet (PDF)
updated March 11, 2014

Also, read our Wireless Printing Guidelines if you are thinking of purchasing a printer with wireless capabilities.

 

Monitors, Displays, Parts & Accessories

The university maintains a variety of contracts for discounts on computer accessories, displays and upgrade components. Primary suppliers are Pomeroy, CDW, and Guy Brown. These companies offer competitive pricing, free shipping and do not charge sales tax.

If you are considering the purchase of a new display for your computer, CaTS generally recommends replacing your diplay and computer system together so that you can take advantage of the extended warranty coverage. Displays purchased separately will come with a more limited warranty, typically one year, and may incur shipping costs for covered repairs.

The following lists can help you identify the best source for the items you're seeking to purchase:

CDW-G Sells These Products

  • Blu ray drive
  • Cables/Adapters/USB Hub
  • Card reader
  • Case fan
  • Computer power supply
  • Computer tool kit
  • Cooler
  • Data storage
  • DVD writer/burner
  • Ethernet card
  • External card reader/writer
  • External enclosure
  • Graphics Adapter/card
  • Headphones
  • Internal/External hard drive
  • Laptop bag
  • Memory
  • Microphone
  • Monitors & Displays
  • Motherboard
  • Power Cords
  • Privacy Filter
  • Processor
  • Smartpen
  • Thermal compound/grease
  • Video card
  • Webcam
  • Wireless laser presenter
  •  
  •  
 

Guy Brown Sells These Products

  • Adjustable keyboard tray
  • CD-R/DVD-R
  • Computer cleaner
  • Computer lap desk
  • Copy holder
  • Flash drives
  • Monitor stand
  • Mousepad
  • Wrist rest
  •  
 

Pomeroy Sells These Products

  • Keyboard
  • Monitors & Displays
  • Mouse
  • Speakers
 

Information about Non-Supported Systems

If you are considering the purchase of a computer other than those recommended above, you will be purchasing non-supported equipment. This means that support for the system will be your responsibility and that charges may be applied to any services provided by CaTS. In addition, if the non-supported product is found to be interfering with the operation of other systems or does not meet the security requirements of the campus network, it will be disconnected from the network.

Recommended computers come preconfigured with a standard suite of university software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and install much more quickly onto the campus network. Non-supported equipment will take longer to set up and will incur installation charges.

Before purchasing a non-supported product, carefully weigh all the factors in the long-term use of the system and don't just look at the initial purchase price. What is the warranty? Recommended systems come with an impressive 5-year warranty. Where will you get support? What if it breaks? Does it have to be sent back to a service center? Many cheaper consumer-grade PCs only come with a 90-day carry-in warranty. Recommended computers are serviced on campus by a technician familiar with the Wright State campus. What version of Windows does it include? Windows 7 Home editions are not supported - all systems should be purchased with Windows 7 Business or Enterprise edition.

If you decide to purchase a non-supported PC, will need to complete the following form:

Non-Supported Product Form (PDF)

Faculty also have the option of applying for a Non-Supported Products Exemption (PDF).
Please note, exemption requests must be submitted and reviewed before ordering equipment.

 

 

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