Institutional Hardware Purchasing

Looking to get new hardware? There are an plenty of different hardware options available to let you find the perfect option.

Recommendations and support for West Campus.

Dell Desktops

The Dell Optiplex 7050 handles all the daily campus computing needs, from casual web browsing and official Stony Brook University web services, to office work and email communications. The basic system covers most uses, but if you need a little bit more there are plenty of customization options.

Need more desktop work space? Add a second monitor! Run a lot of applications? Add more RAM! Have a lot of documents, photos, or videos? Add a larger hard drive! Need computing power? Upgrade the CPU! Making videos? Add a video card!

Our upgrade guide has detailed explanations of what each component upgrade does for you.

Apple Desktops

21.5-inch iMac

Optional Retina Display

The iMac provides an all-in-one solution with its high resolution display, variety of ports, and included peripherals. It contains more than enough computing power to get any and all work done and does so in a simple package. The included Productivity Apps let you get to work immediately, and the iOS integration means you never miss a thing whether you are at your desk or away from the keyboard.

Mac Mini

Computer Only

If you are not looking to spend a lot, the Mac Mini provides good performance at a reduced cost with the performance of a desktop packed into a small space. The Mac Mini does not come with peripherals so any screens, mice, and keyboards will have to be provided.

27-inch iMac

Retina Display

Looking for more? The 27-inch iMac crams more detail into an all-in-one package with its built-in 5K Retina display. With all the features of the 21.5-inch iMac, this one cuts no corners with its larger display, much faster processor, and a dedicated graphics unit.

Laptops

Balanced

Macbook Pro 13" / Dell Latitude 7470

The perfect blend of portability and power, the Macbook Pro 13" and the Dell Latitude 7470 offer a great mobile computing experience without compromising in performance, providing a complete all-around package.

Ultraportable

Macbook Air 13" / Dell Latitude 7370

The Macbook Air 13" and the Dell Latitude 7370 provide small, light, and easy-to-carry options that still get your work done whenever, wherever.

Desktop Replacement

Macbook Pro 15" / Dell Latitude 5570

For the power user looking for a laptop, the Macbook Pro 15" and the Dell Latitude 5570 prioritize power over portabiilty, adding on some bulk and weight for a larger screen and more powerful components.

Phones and Tablets

Apple iPhone

With a large number of apps available paired with a premium form factor, Retina displays of all sizes, a beautiful camera, and the latest in Apple's mobile processing units, the iPhone offers a well-rounded smart phone experience.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung's Galaxy S line offers the bleeding edge of technology; with vibrant 5+ inch AMOLED displays, a 4K capable camera, and a fully water-proofed chassis, the phones are more than capable of handling anything thrown at them.

HTC 10

Featuring optically stabilized cameras, Hi-Res audio, wrapped in an all metal unibody chassis, the HTC 10 offers high-end features and plenty of power in a premium package.

iPads

Mini 4, Air 2, Pro 9.7", and Pro 12.9"

 

If a phone is too small and inconvenient to use for important tasks, but a laptop is too big and inconvenient to use on the go, a tablet offers the ideal compromise between the two. If you just need a screen bigger than a smartphone that you can easily take around and use to do some reading, the iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Air 2 are both light and thin, bigger than a smartphone, yet smaller and easier to handle than a full laptop. If you need to get some work done on the go, the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro offer the latest in Apple technology to provide near-desktop levels of performance.

How to Purchase Hardware

Recommended desktops, laptops, and tablets are available on Wolfmart. To purchase one of these recommended devices, please contact your departmental administrator (Dean, Chair, Director, VP Coordinator, etc.) who is responsible for coordinating departmental equipment purchases through Procurement. Please be advised of Procurement's Campus Wireless Equipment Policy.

If your requirements are not met by these recommendations please contact Client Support via phone at (631) 632-9800 or at http://service.stonybrook.edu/portal for assistance.

East Campus Users Please Note:

Stony Brook Medicine has its own set of recommendations and supported systems when it comes to purchasing desktop and laptop computers, printers, scanners, and mobile devices.

Upgrade Guide

There are plenty of different parts that can be upgraded in a computer so it’s important to know what each upgrade means to get the best possible configuration.

CPU

Upgrading the CPU is like upgrading the brain of a computer. The CPU is where all the work gets done so any programs that do a lot of calculation such as compiling programs or any financial/scientific modeling will get a lot out of a stronger CPU.

RAM

Upgrading the RAM is like getting a bigger desk; having more RAM means that your computer can handle large amounts of data, such as large, complex spreadsheets with plenty of data, high resolution photos, and a large number of programs or internet browser tabs at once.

SSD/Hard Drive

SSDs and hard drives are the storage component of a computer; it’s where the computer’s operating system, programs, and all of your documents are stored on your computer. Hard drives generally have large sizes and can hold a lot of data but they can take some time to load or save any information. SSDs, on the other hand, are very fast and can save and load information much faster than a hard drive, but they are more expensive and come in smaller sizes.

Video Card

Upgrading the video card increases a computer’s ability to perform complex photo or video editing; a stronger card helps with viewing any 4K video content and making high-definition videos.

Monitor

Upgrading monitors by getting a higher resolution monitor or getting a second monitor is great for anyone who wants to see and cross reference a lot of information quickly. Another monitor needs more physical desk space but generally increase productivity by keeping multiple windows visible at once.

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