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Equipment Recommendations

Moving from a private office to a flexible open floor plan or telecommuting requires more than just a change in how you work. It can also mean modifying or adding to your existing office equipment to accommodate the unique circumstances of your new work environment.

Below are University IT’s recommendations for equipment. If you have any questions about this page, please contact University IT. Don't see what you need? Please contact your local IT support.

Purchase Instructions

This equipment is available through the Amazon Business portal in iProcurement (ofweb.stanford.edu > SU Internet Procurement > Amazon Business). If you want to purchase any of this equipment, you should follow your department’s purchasing process. If you want to purchase directly, you should first check with your manager on reimbursement policies.

Privacy Screens

If you work with High Risk Data, PHI, or other private/secure information, or if you simply desire more privacy at your workstation, consider a privacy screen. Privacy screens are polarized sheets of plastic that are placed over a computer screen to prevent screen visibility from any angle other than straight on.

Laptops

Note: These links take you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. They are not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

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Desktops

Note: These links take you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. They are not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

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Headsets for Open Work Environment

In an open work environment, it is important to have wired headsets with active and passive noise cancellation. With wired headsets, you avoid having to charge the headset and you won’t run into potential interference in heavily Bluetooth-saturated areas.

If you use speakers in your private office currently, you will need to switch to a headset to avoid noise disturbances to your colleagues in an open office space.

Jabra Evolve 80 UC

Active and passive noise cancellation, and USB wired headset

  • Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B00ODRSQKW

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Logitech USB Wired Headset H390

USB Headset with Noise Cancelling Mic

  • Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B000UXZQ42

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Webcam

Almost all laptops provisioned within the past five years already have built-in webcams. If you are unsure whether your laptop has a webcam, consult your local IT support. If you require an add-on webcam for your desktop or laptop to allow better quality and more flexibility, view the options below:

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam

  • Compatible: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.6+
  • USB Port
  • Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients
  • Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • H.264 video compression
  • Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction
  • Automatic low-light correction
  • Tripod-ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
  • 2 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
  • Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B006JH8T3S

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Power Adapters

In an open flexible work environment or with any telecommuting arrangement, you will likely find yourself moving to and from various rooms and spaces quite frequently. To ensure your laptop stays charged when not at its docking station, consider an extra power adaptor to carry with you as you move about. Please contact your local IT support to determine available options.

Standing Mats

For extra comfort when using a standing desk, a standing mat is a good option. Review the recommendations below.

GelPro NewLife Designer Comfort Mat

This anti-fatigue cushion mat for standing features a 3/4" thick ergo-foam core which can provide excellent support and prevent feet, legs and back pain.

  • Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B016M6KL68

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Laptops, Desktops, and Tablets

Staff moving from Stanford’s historic campus to Stanford Redwood City will take their existing computer systems, monitors, monitor arms, and laptops with them. If special circumstances require you to get new equipment, review the recommendations below.

Mac

Type Apple
Core Macintosh Laptop Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar & Retina Display
Extended Macintosh Laptop Apple MacBook Pro 15" with Touch

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Windows

Type Dell Lenovo
Core Windows Laptop Dell Latitude 7490 Lenovo ThinkPad T480s
Extended Windows Laptop Dell Precision 5530 Lenovo ThinkPad T580
Windows Ultraportable Dell Latitude 7390 Lenovo ThinkPad X280
Core Windows Desktop Dell OptiPlex 7060 Small Form Factor
Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro
Lenovo ThinkCentre M910S Small Form Factor
Extended Windows Desktop Dell OptiPlex 7060 Mini Tower Lenovo ThinkCentre M900T Mini Tower
Type Microsoft
Core Windows Tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Keyboards and Mice

Staff moving from Stanford’s historic campus to Stanford Redwood City will take their existing keyboards and mice with them. If special circumstances require you to get new equipment, review the recommendations below. For any ergonomic-related questions or concerns, contact Stanford Environmental Health & Safety.

Mac

New Apple computers come equipped with wireless keyboards. If you prefer a wired keyboard, it will work with a USB-C to USB adapter.

Note: These links take you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. They are not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

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PC

PC Laptops and desktops can use either wired or wireless keyboards.

Note: These links take you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. They are not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

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Laptop Locks

Protect your laptop and the information that's on it with a laptop lock for your Mac or PC.

Mac

Note: This link takes you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. It is not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

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PC

Note: These links take you to vendor pages where you can get product specifications. They are not intended to direct you to a purchasing suggestion.  Click the View purchasing instructions button below for additional information.

  • Kensington Combination Laptop Lock - For Dell laptops with Kensington lock slots (e.g., Dell Latitudes prior to 7280 and 7480 models). Check with your local IT for confirmation.
  • Noble Security Wedge Profile Lock - For Dell laptops with Noble lock slots (e.g., Dell Latitude 7280+ and 7480+ models). Check with your local IT for confirmation.

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Telecommuter and Travel Accessories

Take your work on the road with these helpful and ergonomic accessories.

Fentri Laptop Bag with Built-in Laptop Stand

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Fentri Laptop Bag with Built-in Laptop Stand:  A laptop bag with built-in, adjustable, folding laptop stand enabling you to create an ergonomic work space on-the-go.

 

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Ergonomic Accessories

When telecommuting, Stanford Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Ergonomics recommends use of an external keyboard, external mouse, and either an external monitor or a laptop riser to help maintain neutral upright postures.

For specific ergonomic equipment recommendations for telecommuting, refer to page 22 of the EH&S Pre-Approved Computer Ergonomics Product List.

Go to the Ergonomics Product List