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Recommended ICT Equipment

Desktops | Notebooks | Monitors | Internet/Personal Tablets | Redeployed Equipment | Peripherals

Desktops

The table below defines the recommended desktop PC specifications that are available to staff who wish to purchase a new computer.

Normal admin useage. This PC will allow you to run standard applications such as Word, Outlook and web browsing.

HP Elite Desk 800

Specification

Case  Small Desktop 
Processor Intel Core i3-4330 Dual Core (4th Generation 3.5GHz)
Memory 8GB 
Hard Drive 500GB 
Optical Drive DVD Writer 
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 2500 
Warranty 5 Year Next Business Day On-Site 
Options Security: Security Kit
Notes Supports upto 2 monitors 
   

Heavy admin or normal academic use. This PC will allow you to run more applications simultaneously as well as more complex applications such as SPSS, basic 3D CAD design and simple virtual machines.

HP Elite Desk 800

Specification

Case  Small Desktop 
Processor Intel Core i5-4570 Quad core (4th Generation 3.2GHz up to 3.6GHz TurboBoost)
Memory 16GB 
Hard Drive 500GB 
Optical Drive DVD Writer 
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
Warranty 5 Year Next Business Day On-Site 
Options Hard Drive: Upgrade to 1TB
Security: Security Kit 
Notes Supports upto 2 monitors.
   

 

Heavy academic use or normal research use. This PC should be used for advanced software such as more complex 3D CAD design, processing large data sets or running complex or multiple virtual machines.

HP Elite Desk 800

Specification

Case Mini Tower
Processor Intel Core i7-4770 Quad core (4th Generation 3.4GHz up to 3.9GHz TurboBoost)
Memory 16GB
Hard Drive 1TB 
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
Warranty 5 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options Memory: Upgrade to 32GB
Hard Drive: Install 1 or 2 additional 1TB drives
Security: Security Kit 
Notes Supports upto 2 monitors and 3 hard drives
   

 

This PC should be used when you need to have a PC that has been certified for use with certain softwares, CAD, architectural applications, professional video editing and 3D animation among others.

HP Z Series Workstations

Specification

Due to the specialist nature standard specifications cannot be given. Please contact us with your requirements so that we can discuss the specification.

The PC specifications above are designed to be suitable for almost all of the University's requirements.  If you are unsure which PC best fits your needs or it you feel that you require a different specification please contact us to discuss your request.

Please note: All new desktop quotes will include a 5 year on-site next business day warranty, which is a University requirement and this cannot be removed.

Notebooks

The table below defines the recommended notebook PC specifications that are available to staff who wish to purchase a new computer.

HP ProBook 640

Specification

Screen 14.0-inch 1366x768 
Processor Intel Core i5-4200M Dual Core (4th Generation 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz TurboBoost)
Memory 4GB
Hard Drive 320GB (7,200rpm)
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4600
Webcam 720p HD Camera
Communications Wired, Wirelss and Bluetooth
Battery 6-cell (55 WHr) Li-Ion
Weight Starting at 2.0kg 
Warranty 3 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options Screen: Upgrade to 14.0-inch 1600x900
Hard Disk: Upgrade to 500GB (7,200rpm)
Communications: Add HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
Expansion: HP 90W Docking Station; HP 120W Advanced Docking Station
Notes If you plan to use a notebook for long periods of time ISA recommends purchasing a monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect to it to help avoid the risk of back pain.
   

 

HP ProBook 640

Specification

Screen 14.0-inch 1600x900
Processor Intel Core i5-4330M Dual Core (4th Generation 2.8GHz up to 3.5GHz TurboBoost)
Memory 8GB
Hard Drive 500GB (7,200rpm)
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4000
Webcam 720p HD Camera
Communications Wired, Wirelss and Bluetooth
Battery 6-cell (55 WHr) Li-Ion
Weight Starting at 2.0kg
Warranty 3 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options Screen: Upgrade to 14.0-inch 1920x1080
Processor: Upgrade to Intel Core i7-4600M Dual Core (4th Generation 2.9GHz up to 3.6GHz TurboBoost)
Memory: Upgrade to 16GB
Hard Drive: Upgrade to 750GB (7,200rpm); Upgrade to 240GB SSD
Communications: Add HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
Expansion: HP 90W Docking Station; HP 120W Advanced Docking Station
Notes If you plan to use a notebook for long periods of time ISA recommends purchasing a monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect to it to help avoid the risk of back pain.
   

HP EliteBook 820/840

Specification

Screen EliteBook 820: 12.5-inch 1366x768
EliteBook 840: 14.0-inch 1600x900
Processor Intel Core i3-4010U Dual Core (4th Generation  1.7GHz)
Memory 4GB
Hard Drive 500GB (7,200rpm)
Optical Drive None
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4400
Webcam 720p HD Camera
Communications Wired, Wirelss and Bluetooth
Battery EliteBook 820: 3-cell (26 WHr) HP Long Life
EliteBook 840: 3-cell (24 WHr) HP Long Life
Weight Starting at 1.33kg
Warranty 3 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options Screen: Upgrade to 14.0-inch 1920x1080 (EliteBook 840 only)
Processor: Upgrade to Intel® Core™ i5-4300U Dual Core (4th Generation 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz TurboBoost); Upgrade to Intel Core i7-4600U Dual Core (4th Generation 2.1GHz up to 3.1GHz TurboBoost)
Memory: Upgrade to 8GB; Upgrate to 16GB
Hard Drive: Upgrade to 128GB SSD; Upgrade to 256GB SSD
Communications: Add HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
Expansion: HP 2013 Ultraslim Docking Station
Notes If you plan to use a notebook for long periods of time ISA recommends purchasing a monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect to it to help avoid the risk of back pain.
   

 

HP ZBook 15/17

Specification

Screen ZBook 15: 15.6-inch 1920x1080
ZBook 17: 17.3-inch 1920x1080
Processor Intel Core i5-4330M Dual Core (4th Generation 2.8GHz up to 3.5GHz TurboBoost)
Memory 16GB
Hard Drive 500GB (7,200rpm)
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4600
Webcam 720p HD Camera
Communications Wired, Wirelss and Bluetooth
Battery 8-cell (83 WHr) Li-Ion
Weight Starting at 2.82kg 
Warranty 3 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options

Processor: Upgrade to Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad Core (4th Generation 2.4GHz up to 3.4GHz TurboBoost); Upgrade to Intel Core i7-4900QM Quad Core (4th Generation 2.8GHz up to 3.8GHz TurboBoost)
Memory: Upgrade to 32GB
Hard Drive: Upgrade to 750GB  (7,200rpm); Upgrade to 240GB SSD; Upgrade to 512GB SSD
Graphics: Upgrade to NVIDIA Quadro K610M (1GB dedicated GDDR5); Upgrade to NVIDIA Quadro K1100M (2GB dedicated GDDR5); Upgrade to NVIDIA Quadro K2100M (2GB dedicated GDDR5)
Communications: Add HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
Expansion: HP 230W Docking Station; HP 230W Advanced Docking Station

Notes If you plan to use a notebook for long periods of time ISA recommends purchasing a monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect to it to help avoid the risk of back pain.
   

 

HP ProBook 450

Specification

Screen 15.6-inch 1366x768
Processor Intel Core i3-4000M Dual Core (4th Generation 2.4GHz)
Memory 4GB
Hard Drive 320GB (5,400rpm)
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Graphics Integrated Intel HD 4600
Webcam 720p HD Camera
Communications Wired and Wirelss
Battery 6-cell (47 WHr) Li-Ion: Up to 9 hours 15 min
Weight 2.26kg
Warranty 3 Year Next Business Day On-Site
Options Communications: Add HP hs3110 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
Expansion: HP 3005pr USB 3.0 Port Replicator
Notes If you plan to use a notebook for long periods of time ISA recommends purchasing a monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect to it to help avoid the risk of back pain.
   

The notebook PC specifications above are designed to be suitable for almost all of the University's requirements. If you are unsure which PC best fits your needs or it you feel that you require a different specification please contact us to discuss your request.

Please note: All new notebook quotes will include at least a 3 year on-site next business day warranty, which is a University requirement and this cannot be removed.

Monitors

All the monitors below come with a height-adjustable stand and are able to be used in either landscape or portrait.

Specification

Screen Size 23-inch
Description Widescreen 58,4 cm (23'') LED Backlit Monitor
Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness 250 cd/m2
View Angle 170 degrees horizontal
Connectivity 2 USB 2.0 Ports
   

Specification

Screen Size 21.5-inch
Description Widescreen 54,6 cm (21.5'') Webcam LED Backlit Monitor
Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness 250 cd/m2
View Angle 178 degrees horizontal
Connectivity 2 USB 2.0 Ports
Multimedia Integrated 720p webcam
   

Specification

Screen Size 30-inch
Description Widescreen 76,2 cm (30'') IPS LED Backlit Monitor
Resolution 2560x1600
Brightness 350 cd/m2
View Angle 178 degrees horizontal
Connectivity 4 USB 3.0 Ports
   

Specification

Screen Size 20-inch
Description Widescreen 50,8 cm (20'') LED Backlit Monitor
Resolution 1600x900
Brightness 250 cd/m2
View Angle 170 degrees horizontal
Connectivity 2 USB 2.0 Ports
   

Internet/Personal Tablets

If you wish to purchase an internet/personal tablet please read our purchasing guidelines before contacting ISA with your requirements.  Due to the fast development of these products we do not currently recommend a specific tablet.

Redeployed Equipment

The table below defines the minimum specification of PC (desktop or notebook) that ISA will deploy to staff through the University's ‘Redeployment & Disposal of IT Equipment Policy’.

 Component

Specification

Processor 

 Intel Core 2 Duo or newer

Memory

 2 GB

Hard Drive

 80 GB

Graphics

DirectX 9 Graphics Card 

 

 

 

The above PC specifications are suitable for running Microsoft Office 2010, standard productivity tools (e.g. Adobe Reader), other basic software and browsing the internet.  It is recommended that you run only a few applications at a time.

Peripherals

For IT consumables (e.g. USB Flash drives and external hard drives under £100) it is not necessary to contact ISA for a quotation.  For any other equipment or if you are unsure please contact your support team for advice.

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