A hardware bundle suitable for telecommuting may vary from unit to unit depending on business needs and the specific work you do. The following recommendation is for equipment that can work for most telecommuting scenarios and was built specifically to assist you during the COVID-19 crisis.
Before Purchasing Equipment
If you have some of this equipment at your normal Stanford work location, you should talk to your manager to see if it is reasonable to pick it up. See the Temporary Movement of Office Equipment guidelines for more information. Also, keep in mind the Provost’s request to minimize any discretionary spending in her April 2 email to the Stanford community.
You should check with your local IT staff to determine if local equipment recommendations are different.
The specific sections below provide additional purchasing information for all the equipment mentioned here. Check with your manager regarding local purchasing policies and procedures, and for purchasing approval.
If you already have a laptop, purchasing a new one is unnecessary. Most laptops purchased within the last three years will meet today’s standards for telecommuting. Today’s recommendation for laptop purchases are:
- Apple MacBook Pro 13", 256 GB SSD, 16 GB
- Dell Latitude 7400, 256 GB SSD, 16 GB
A separate monitor can enhance the ergonomics of your telecommuting setup and give you more space to view large format content. Today’s recommendation is:
- Dell U2415 (DisplayPort and HDMI)
- Note: Includes monitor stand
- Note for Macs: Adapter cable required (USB-C to DisplayPort)
- Keyboard and Mouse
Having a separate keyboard and mouse you can use with your laptop enhances the ergonomics of your telecommuting setup. Today’s recommendations are:
- Magic Keyboard (Bluetooth Wireless)
- Magic Mouse 2 (Bluetooth Wireless)
- Dell KB216 Wired Keyboard
- Dell MS116 Wired Mouse
- Dell KM636 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
While many headsets with microphones work well for conducting meetings or placing calls when telecommuting — including the one you may already use with your other mobile devices — a quality headset can improve the audio experience for you and other meeting participants. Today’s recommendations are:
- Jabra Evolve 80 UC - USB
- Jabra Evolve 75 UC - Wireless
Video meetings held while telecommuting (e.g., Zoom video conference meetings) are significantly enhanced when you include video. Most laptops include a quality camera and do not require the addition of an external webcam. If your laptop does not include a camera, you should consider adding a webcam. Today’s recommendation is:
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920S