New Computer Purchase Information
Posted by Casey Eyring on 14 April 2014 12:09 PM
The purpose of this knowledgebase article is to help explain the different computer types available to IOD Staff.
These machines are permanently installed under your desk and require a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse to function. These typically cost between $900-1,300.
To get desktop-like functionality out of a laptop, you can purchase a docking station. This is generally recommended if you need to take the computer with you anywhere.
If you would like a desktop, please view the available upgrades on this page: http://computerstore.unh.edu/PDF/dell_desktops.pdf
These are portable and can be used with a docking station.
The models we typically purchase for staff are the Latitude E6440 or the Lattitude E7440 Ultrabook.
If there is a specific type of keyboard (e.g. split/ergonomic) or specific type of mouse/monitor/etc... that you prefer, please let me know before I order!
Computer Component Upgrades
Some of the available upgrades are listed below:
The processor is the "brain" of the computer. If you are going to use SPSS, Photoshop, or Video Editing, getting a faster processor is recommended.
A new standard battery generally lasts a 4-6 hours, although this depends on a variety of factors (usage, hard drive type, etc...).
Over time, the effectiveness of the battery gradually degrades. After 3-4 years, your battery may only last 15-60 minutes. You may purchase a new battery for ~$60-120.
Please note that extended battery for the E6440 laptop extends the laptop's footprint as shown below. The E7440 extended battery is the same size as the standard battery.
A backlit keyboard's keys illuminate. This is very handy when working in dark environments.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology used to connect to headsets, mice, conference phones, and more. Unless you specifically require bluetooth, you generally do not need this upgrade.
SSDs make your computer extremely fast. If you are going to do only one upgrade, I'd do this one.
To determine how much space you are currently using (and will require in your new computer), click the Start menu, then click "Computer", then right click on the "C:" drive (sometimes called Local Disk or OS), and select "Properties", it will tell you how much space you are currently using. It's recommended to have at least 10% of your drive free at all times.
Additional memory is $75 for 8GB or $234 for 16GB.
If you're doing anything with graphics (such as heavy video editing, etc) I recommend you get the AMD Radeon HD 8690M Graphics card ($94). You will likely require a higher-resolution display for this (see next item).
A higher-resolution display ($37) will let you view more items on the screen at one time.
If you have an existing docking station from an older E-Series laptop, this can be used with newer E-Series laptops (including the E6440 and E7440 Ultrabook). If you have a docking station from a Lenovo or some other brand computer, this cannot be used with Dell laptops, and you will need to order a new one. Feel free to ask if you are unsure.
If you purchase a docking station, you will incur the following expenses:
The E-Flat Panel stand (below). The computer sites in the dock below your monitor, closed.
If you travel a lot, I recommend purchasing an additional mouse ($25) to keep in your bag at all times. This eliminates the need to constantly bring your desktop mouse with you.
The UNH Computer Store, located in the MUB, has several carrying bags & backpacks to choose from. I recommend going there to see what you like, but can just order you want if you don't care which model. Prices and models are listed on page 3 of this PDF: http://computerstore.unh.edu/pdf/supplies.pdf
Firefox, Chrome, Anti-virus, Java, Flash, etc... all come pre-installed on the Machine.
I typically install Office 2010 ($67) on the machines.
Additional software available is:
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