Standard Computer Configurations

Below are the models and configurations that IT has chosen as standard models for WSU Vancouver employees. Upgrades are available but are unnecessary for the vast majority of users.

Employee Computer Program Laptops

To better prepare WSU Vancouver employees for remote work, the Employee Computer Program (formerly the Lifecycle Replacement Program) now only offers laptops. If IT has contacted you about getting a new computer under the program, you may choose one of the laptops listed below and there will be no cost to your department.

If you are looking to purchase a computer outside of the Employee Computer Program, approximate prices are listed. Please note: prices fluctuate, so please email van.evita@wsu.edu for a current quote rather than relying on prices listed here. We encourage you to discuss computer purchases with your department head prior to contacting VIT about purchases.

Though these specifications are more than adequate for most people, optional upgrades are listed below each choice. If you choose any of those upgrades for an ECP computer, that portion will need to be paid by your department, so approval will be necessary. If you have any questions or requests for guidance when making your choice, please ask us by emailing EVITA.

Note: details are accurate as of 10/22/21.

PC Laptop - 14" Dell Latitude 7420

12" latitude

Processor 2.6ghz quad core i5 (11th generation)
RAM 16gb
Storage 512gb ssd
USB ports 3 (2 USB-C, 1 USB-A (3.0))
External monitor support up to 2 via one HDMI and USB-C or optional USB-C dock
DVD-R drive no (USB DVD drive available at additional cost)
webcam and microphone yes, integrated
SD card reader yes (micro SD card port)
Weight 3 pounds
Approximate price $1701 including tax

Optional upgrades

  • More storage - 1tb SSD - request a quote
  • More memory (RAM) - up to 32gb - request a quote
  • Faster processors - request a quote
  • Smaller screen - 12" model available - request a quote
  • adapter to connect to VGA projectors or external monitors that don't have HDMI - $16 extra
  • USB-C dock to connect monitors and other devices - ask for price

 

Mac Laptop - 14" MacBook Pro

Macbook Pro 14"

Processor 8-core M1 Pro
RAM 16gb
Storage 512gb ssd
USB ports 3 (3 USB-C - thunderbolt 3)
HDMI port 1
External monitor support up to 3 via HDMI, optional USB-C adapters, or dock
DVD-R drive no (USB DVD drive available at additional cost)
webcam and microphone yes - 1080p video, high quality microphone and audio
SD card reader yes
Weight 3.5 pounds
Approximate price $2004 including tax

Optional upgrades

  • 16" model available starting at $2492
  • Faster processors - up to 10-core cpu, 32-core gpu - ask for price
  • More storage - up to 8tb - ask for price
  • More memory - 32gb is the limit on the 14" model, 64gb on the 16" model - ask for price
  • Adapters to connect to regular USB devices are not provided by the Employee Computer Program. They range from $15 for adapters to $300 or more for all-encompassing docks. With the return of HDMI on this model, adapters are not necessary to plug into podium projection systems. Please ask us for details on docks and adapters.

Note: Bootcamp (restarting in to Windows) is no longer possible on Macs with the new M1 processor. Virtualization software (Parallels, VMWare Fusion) is available at an additioal cost.

For those people looking for a lower-priced or smaller/lighter alternative, the 13" MacBook Pro is still available starting at $1300 and the MacBook Air starts at $975.

Standard Desktops - Exception required if chosen for Lifecycle

Laptops are the standard for lifecycle computers. If you require a desktop instead, contact us to discuss a possible exception to this rule.

PC desktop - Dell Optiplex 7090 small form factor

Dell Optiplex 7070 small form factor

Processor 3.1ghz six-core i5 (10th generation)
RAM 16gb
Storage 512gb ssd
USB ports 10 (4 USB 2.0, 5 USB 3, 1 USB-C)
Dual monitor support yes, via dual DisplayPorts
DVD-R drive yes
webcam and microphone no (external available for purchase)
SD card reader no
Approximate price about $1000 including tax

Optional upgrades

  • Second 24" monitor = approximately $130 extra
  • Larger solid state drive - 1tb (1000gb) SSD - ask for quote
  • More RAM - 32gb to 64gb - ask for quote
  • Faster processor - ask for options and quote

 

Mac Desktop - iMac (24" or 27")

iMac desktop

Processor 8-core M1 processor (24") or 3.3ghz 6-core i5 - 10th gen (27")
RAM 16gb
Storage 512gb ssd
USB ports 4 (2 USB 4, 2 USB 3, all in usb-c plug form. 27" model has a different selections of ports)
External monitor support up to 2 via optional thunderbolt adapter(s)
DVD-R drive no (USB DVD drive available at additional cost)
webcam and microphone yes, integrated
SD card reader yes
Approximate price (24") $1930 including tax
Approximate price (27") $2100 including tax

Optional upgrades

  • More storage (solid state or fusion (only on 27" model)) - ask for price
  • More memory (RAM) - up to 128b on 27" - ask for price
  • Faster processor - ask for options and prices
  • Magic Trackpad instead of mouse - $54 extra
  • Rechargeable wireless keyboard with number pad - $32 extra (default keyboard is rechargeable without number pad)
  • USB C adapter for additional display - varies depending on your monitor. Ask for price