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Laptop, Desktop and Tablet Recommendations

University IT recommends these laptop, desktop and tablets, based on a number of factors including price-performance ratio, reliability, and customer service.  The specifications below are the minimum recommended build; prices may vary depending on the options.  While this site is updated on a regular basis, prices and options on manufacturer sites may change without notice.  All prices are approximate and include tax and free ground shipping.  The Windows 10 operating system includes native encryption technology, which is recommend when dealing with High Risk Data

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Core Windows Laptop

Dell Latitude E7480 - New!

  • 14.0" FHD Anti Glare LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.8 GHz Core i7-7600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 4-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,540

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: 210-AGSU - $238
  • Dell WD15 USB-C Dock - Part #: 450-AEUO - $143 - New!
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 429-AAUX - $42
  • Dell Adapter - USB-C to VGA - Part #: 470-ABNC - $23 - New!

Notes:

  • The new WD15 dock replaces the E-Port series dock and is not backward compatible with previous E series laptops.
  • This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Audio Headset:

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

  • 14.0" FHD IPS Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-6600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 6-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.6 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,523

Optional:
  • Lenovo T2454p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60F9MAR1US - $231
  • Thinkpad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner - Part #: 4XA0E97775 - $45
  • Thinkpad Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A20090US - $189

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Extended Windows Laptop

Dell Precision 5520 - New!

  • 15.6" FHD LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.9 GHz Core i7-7820HQ Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 4GB Nvidia Quadro M1200 Discrete Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year Onsite Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 4 lbs
  • EPEAT Silver rating & Energy Star rated

Approximate price with tax: $1,818

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: 210-AGSU - $238
  • Dell WD15 USB-C Dock - Part #: 450-AEUO - $143 - New!
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 429-AAUX - $42
  • Dell Adapter - USB-C to VGA - Part #: 470-ABNC - $23 - New!

Notes:

  • The new WD15 dock replaces the E-Port series dock and is not backward compatible with previous E series laptops.
  • This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkPad P50

  • 15.6" FHD LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.7 GHz Core i7-6820HQ Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 2GB Nvidia Quadro M1000M Discrete Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 4-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 5.6 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,789

Optional:

  • Lenovo T2454p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60F9MAR1US - $231
  • Thinkpad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner - Part #: 4XA0E97775 - $45
  • Thinkpad USB 3.0 Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A70045US - $160

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Windows Ultraportable

Dell Latitude E7280 - New!

  • 12.5" HD Anti Glare LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.8 GHz Core i7-7600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 4-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,513

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: 210-AGSU - $238
  • Dell WD15 USB-C Dock - Part #: 450-AEUO - $143 - New!
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 429-AAUX - $42
  • Dell Adapter - USB-C to VGA - Part #: 470-ABNC - $23 - New!

Notes:

  • The new WD15 dock replaces the E-Port series dock and is not backward compatible with previous E series laptops.
  • This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


Lenovo ThinkPad X260

  • 12.5" LED Anti Glare Backlit Display (1366x768)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-6600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 6-Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.6 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating &  Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,319

Optional:

  • Lenovo T2454p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60F9MAR1US - $231
  • Thinkpad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner - Part #: 4XA0E97775 - $45
  • Thinkpad Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A20090US - $216

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Core Windows Desktop

Dell OptiPlex 7050 Small Form Factor - New!

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.4 GHz Core i5-7500 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,081 including monitor

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: 210-AGSU - $238

Note: This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Webcam:

Logitech C920 - $80 - New!

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Small Form Factor

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.2 GHz Core i5-6500 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8X DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,078 including monitor

Optional:

  • Lenovo T2454p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60F9MAR1US - $231

USB Webcam:

Logitech C920 - $80 - New!

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information.

Extended Windows Desktop

Dell OptiPlex 7050 Mini Tower - New!

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.4 GHz Core i7-7700 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • 2GB AMD Radeon R5 340
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,194 including monitor

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: 210-AGSU - $238

Note: This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Webcam:

Logitech C920 - $80 - New!

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Mini Tower

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.4 GHz Core i7-6700 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 16x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT720
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,369 including monitor

Optional:

  • Lenovo T2454p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60F9MAR1US - $231

USB Webcam:

Logitech C920 - $80 - New!

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information.

Core Macintosh Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar & Retina Display - New!

  • 13.3" Retina Display (2560x1600)
  • 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 (Dual Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • Approximate Weight: 3.0 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $2,179

Recommended:

  • Apple USB-C to USB Adapter - $19

Optional:

  • Elgato Thunderbot 3 Dock - Part# - EP3967476 - $270 - New!
  • Apple SuperDrive (requires USB-C to USB Adapter) - $79
  • Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter - $69
  • Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $35

Note:

  • For a customized laptop, configure Part# MPXX2LL/A MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar: 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM and Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare+ Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.
  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Extended Macintosh Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar & Retina Display - New!

  • 15" Retina Display (2880x1800)
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Radeon Pro 555 Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • Approximate Weight: 4.0 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $2,532

Recommended:

  • Apple USB-C to USB Adapter - $19

Optional:

  • Elgato Thunderbot 3 Dock - Part# - EP3967476 - $270 - New!
  • Apple SuperDrive (requires USB-C to USB Adapter) - $79
  • Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter - $69
  • Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $35

Note:

  • For a customized laptop, configure Part# MPTU2LL/A MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar: 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 256GB and Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare+ Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.
  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Macintosh Ultraportable

Apple 13" MacBook Air - New!

  • 13" Display (1440x900)
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • Approximate Weight: 3 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,412

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $79
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter - $29
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $29

Note:

  • For a customized laptop, configure Part# MQD42LL/A​ MacBook Air 13-inch: 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB and choose 2.2GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7 and Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare+ Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.
  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Core Macintosh Desktop

Apple 21.5" Retina 4K iMac - New!

  • 21.5" display (1920x1080)
  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core i5 (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Radeon Pro 555 Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,812

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $79

Note:

  • For a customized desktop, configure Part# MNDY2LL/AiMac 21.5-inch with Retina 4K display: 3.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 and choose 256GB Flash Storage.  Select AppleCare+ Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.
  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Extended Macintosh Desktop

Apple 27" Retina 5K iMac - New!

  • 27" display (5120x2880)
  • 3.4 GHz Core i5 (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Radeon Pro 570 Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $2,186

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $79

Note:

  • For a customized desktop, configure Part# MNE92LL/AiMac 27-inch: 3.4GHz Retina 5K display quad-core Intel Core i5 and choose 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM Memory and 256GB Flash Storage.  Select AppleCare+ Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.
  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Core Apple Tablet

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch - New!

  • 12.9" display (2732x2048)
  • A10X Processor
  • 256GB Storage
  • 12MP iSight camera
  • 7MP FaceTime camera
  • Apple Pencil
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan

Approximate price with tax: $1,357

Optional:

  • Lightning to VGA Adapter - $49

Note:

  • AppleCare + Protection Plan is now standard which includes Accidental Damage for a fee.  See here for full details: AppleCare+ Warranty

Note: The iPad Pro runs iOS and is NOT suitable as your primary computer and should be used as a secondary device.  Consult your IT department for more information.

Core Windows Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • 12.3" display (2736x1824)
  • 2.2 GHz Core i7-6650 Processor (Dual Core)
  • 16GB Memory
  • 256GB Storage
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • Keyboard Type Cover
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year ProSupprt with Advance Exchange Warranty

Approximate price with tax: $1,949

Optional:

  • Dell Surface Pro Dock - Part#: 452-BCFL - $140
  • Surface USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter - Part#: 492-BBTR - $35
  • Dell Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter - Part#: 450-AEVS - $31

Note: This computer is only available with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is not supported and will not receive support or updates.

USB Audio Headset:

Sennheiser SC60 - $50 - New!

Last modified November 2, 2017