University Purchases

CaTS offers discounts to on-campus departments for their university hardware purchases. If you have questions about hardware purchasing, please contact the Help Desk.

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PC Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Monitors, and Accessories

At this time, all purchases should be placed through your department's Business Manager. If you have any questions about available hardware or the ordering process, contact Michael Duncan, Manager of Desktop Services in CaTS, by emailing

Apple Macintosh

The full line of Apple 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.


For questions regarding Scanner orders, contact Michael Duncan, Manager of Desktop Services in CaTS, by emailing

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? 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, you will need to complete the following form:

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