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Laptop and Desktop Recommendations

University IT recommends these laptop and desktop computers, 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 E7470 - New!

  • 14.0" FHD Anti Glare LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-6600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 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: $1,461

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: PVJVW - $280
  • Dell E-Port Plus Docking Station - Part #: GNPHP - $154
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 318-2870 - $42

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

  • 14.0" FHD IPS Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-5600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 6-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,526

Optional:
  • Lenovo LT2452p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60A6MAR2US - $360
  • Thinkpad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner - Part #: 4XA0E97775 - $80
  • Thinkpad Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A200090US - $216

Note: Choose Your Laptops and select the Add to Cart option.

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Extended Windows laptop

Dell Precision 5510 - New!

  • 15.6" FHD LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.70 GHz Core i7-6820HQ Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 2GB Nvidia Quadro M1000M 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: $1,892

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: PVJVW - $280
  • Dell Docking Station (TB15) - Part #: 450-AEVM - $210
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 318-2870 - $42

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p

  • 15.6" FHD WWAN Display (1920x1080)
  • 2.7 GHz Core i7-4800MQ Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • CD/DVD-RW
  • 1GB nVidia GS 730M
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 6-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 5.5 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,564

Optional:

  • Lenovo LT2452p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60A6MAR2US - $360
  • Thinkpad Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A200090US - $216

Note: Choose Your Laptops and select the Add to Cart option.

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Windows Ultraportable

Dell Latitude E7270 - New!

Latitude E6220

  • 12.5" HD Anti Glare LED Backlit Display (1366x768)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-6600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 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: $1,341

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: PVJVW - $280
  • Dell E-Port Plus Docking Station - Part #: GNPHP - $154
  • Dell External DVD Drive - Part #: 318-2870 - $42

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


Lenovo ThinkPad X250

lenovo thinkpad

  • 12.5" LED Backlit Anti Glare Display (1366x768)
  • 2.6 GHz Core i7-5600U Processor (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated 720p HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 6-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • Approximate Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold rating &  Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,463

Optional:

  • Lenovo LT2452p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60A6MAR2US - $360
  • Thinkpad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner - Part #: 4XA0E97775 - $80
  • Thinkpad Ultra Dock - Part #: 40A200090US - $216

Note: Choose Your Laptops and select the Add to Cart option.

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information. 

Core Windows desktop

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Small Form Factor - New!

OptiplexDell Monitor

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.2 GHz Core i5-6500 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,136 including monitor

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: PVJVW - $280

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M93P Small Form Factor

  • 23" LCD Display (1920x1080)
  • 3.2 GHz Core i5-4570 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,299 including monitor

Optional:

  • Lenovo LT2452p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60A6MAR2US - $360

Note: Choose Your Desktops and select the Add to Cart option.

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information.

Extended Windows desktop

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Mini Tower - New!

OptiplexMonitor

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.4 GHz Core i7-6700 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • 2GB AMD Radeon R5 340X
  • Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold rating & Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,278 including monitor

Optional:

  • Dell U2415 Monitor - 24" 1900x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort - Part #: PVJVW - $280

Visit dell.stanford.edu for more information.


 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M93P Mini-Tower

  • 24" LCD Display (1920x1200)
  • 3.6 GHz Core i7-4790 Processor (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 16x DVD-RW/CD-RW
  • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT620
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
  • 3-year On-site Warranty
  • EPEAT Gold Energy Star 6.0

Approximate price with tax: $1,565 including monitor

Optional:

  • Lenovo LT2452p Monitor - 24" 1920x1200 IPS LED-Backlit with Display Port, DVI & VGA - Part #: 60A6MAR2US - $360

Note: Choose Your Desktops and select the Add to Cart option.

Visit lenovo.stanford.edu for more information.

Core Macintosh laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display

  • 13.3" Retina Display (2560x1600)
  • 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Approximate Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $1,788

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $80
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $29

Note: Configure Part# MF840LL/A MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display: 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB and choose 2.9Ghz Dual-core Intel Core i5 and Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Extended Macintosh laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display

  • 15" Retina Display (2880x1800)
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • Bluetooth Included
  • Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
  • Wireless Included
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Approximate Weight: 4.5 lbs
  • EPEAT Gold & Energy Star 6.1

Approximate price with tax: $2,286

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $80
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $29

Note: Configure Part# MJLQ2LL/A MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display: 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 and choose  2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 and Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Macintosh Ultraportable

Apple 13" MacBook Air

Apple 13

  • 13" Display (1440x900)
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 (Dual Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • 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: $1,673

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $80
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $29

Note: Configure Part# MJVG2LL/A​ MacBook Air 13.3-inch: 256GBand choose 2.2GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory and Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.  Select AppleCare Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Core Macintosh desktop

Apple iMac

  • 21.5" display (1920x1080)
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 (Quad Core)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel Iris Pro 6200 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: $1,626

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $80

Note: Configure Part# MK442LL/A​ iMac 21.5-inch: 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 and choose 256GB Flash Storage.  Select AppleCare Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Extended Macintosh desktop

Apple iMac

  • 27" display (2560x1440)
  • 3.2 GHz Core i5 (Quad Core)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 2GB AMD R9 M380 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: $2,284

Optional:

  • Apple SuperDrive - $80

Note: Configure Part# MK462LL/A​ iMac 27-inch: 3.2GHz Retina 5K display quad-core Intel Core i5 and choose 16GB 1867MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB Memory and 256GB Flash Storage.  Select AppleCare Protection Plan manually in SmartMart.

Visit apple.stanford.edu for online purchasing.

Last modified March 9, 2016