Purchasing Equipment

Office of Business Affairs Computer System Purchases

The University of New Orleans has established a standardized configuration for laptops and desktops that will fit the needs of individuals and departments on campus. Information Technology is responsible for providing the UNO community with computer system recommendations that will provide a secure and stable networking environment.

All Business Computers (BC), laptop and desktop computers, that access UNO computing systems are required to be on the UNO network, to have updated operating systems and virus protection, and to follow the hardware standards provided in this document. The following recommended standards have been developed for networked computers and are based on the Louisiana Office of Information Technology (OIT) current guidelines.

Purchasing Procedure
All requests should be submitted to IT prior to submitting a purchase requisition to the Purchasing department. IT will determine if the computer system is needed. If it is determined that the system needs to be purchased, the end user can pick from the approved tier computer listing. Once a computer is chosen, the purchase requisition can be submitted to Purchasing. Any requests that go directly to Purchasing without IT approval will be returned. Approval must be attached to all requisitions.

Please email a completed Computer Purchasing Form to IT – Desktop Support at desktopsupport@uno.edu and/or call Nick Cutrera x6080 or Jesse McCorkle x7300 for more information.

Desktop System Recommendations

The minimum desktop system recommendations are based on 2 tiers of users:

TIER I: Standard Configuration
For clients who use network resources, access shared and personal drives, need network printing, perform general tasks such as Web browsing and related applications, and use general desktop applications such as email, PeopleSoft, SharePoint, Microsoft Office, SAS, SPSS, AUTOCAD, MATLAB, etc.

TIER II: Research Configuration
For clients who perform Tier-1 tasks and in addition run customized programs and scripts, handle large data sets, use virtualization, or perform heavier work with more advanced application usage of programs such as SAS, SPSS, AUTOCAD, MATLAB, etc.

The following specifications detail Tier I and Tier II desktops and laptops minimum configurations. IT has worked with popular vendors to establish best pricing agreements based on annual quantity purchase of systems. In some cases these prices may be higher than local or online specialty shops, but the state requires a 5 year warranty and business grade components that most of these shops would not offer. Ready to use quotes (Dell and HP) for each of the systems are included next to the specifications. Recommendations are also provided for printers and other peripheral devices.

Non-Standard Configurations
If you need a computer configured outside of these recommended standard configurations, you will need to obtain a quote and submit it along with a business case. Your business case will need to provide significant reasoning as to why you need to deviate from the standards. A quote of the requested equipment needs to be provided along with an explanation of the differences between the machines. Please send this information to the IT Projects Group at desktopsupport@uno.edu. If approved, a copy of IT approved business case will need to be attached to the purchase requisition.

Non-State contract
All laptops/notebooks and workstations outside state contract will need to be reviewed by IT before being purchased to verify they meet the published minimum standards. Dell or HP systems are recommended for State contract purchases. IT staff is certified for Dell and HP systems and will assist with their warranties; however, the customer is responsible for all other vendor warranties.

For questions or general consultation, please contact IT – Desktop Support at desktopsupport@uno.edu and/or call Nick Cutrera x6080 or Jesse McCorkle x7300 for more information. 

Desktop and Laptop Recommendations

*Please read Data Security note


Dell Monitor Quote | HP Monitor Quote | SHI Dell Monitor Quote
  • 20" Digital Flat Panel LCD flat panel display

TIER I PC Desktop

Dell Desktop Tier 1 Quote |  | HP Desktop Tier I Quote | SHI Dell Desktop Tier I Quote
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 250GB SATA, HD
  • Intel vPro Technology
  • TPM chip
  • gigabit Ethernet card
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional with NTFS for domain access or OSX, Linux, UNIX, or Sun
  • Monitor NOT included
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Surge suppressor or UPS
  • Non Windows OS systems  such as OSX do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on a non Windows system you must purchase a separate Windows license.

Tier 1 Surface

Microsoft | SHI 

Tier II Surface

Microsoft | SHI

Surface Docking Station and Accessories

Microsoft | SHI

Laptop Docking Stations

(please contact us about docking stations to ensure they are the right one for your laptop choice)

TIER I Laptop

*Please read Data Security note
Dell Laptop Tier I Quote | SHI Dell Laptop Tier I Quote | HP Laptop Tier I Quote
Dell Ultrabook | HP Ultrabook
  • Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • 12 or 14.1” WXGA LCD
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 160GB SATA HD
  • Intel vPro Technology
  • TPM chip
  • gigabit Ethernet card
  • Wireless 802.11 N Ready
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional with NTFS for domain access or OSX, Linux, UNIX, or Sun
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Carrying Case
  • Non Windows OS systems  such as OSX do not come with a Microsoft Windows license. If you wish to run Windows on a non Windows system you must purchase a separate Windows license.

TIER II PC Desktop

Dell Desktop Tier II Quote | HP Desktop Tier II Quote  | SHI Dell Desktop Tier II Quote
  • Intel Core i7
  • 16 GB Memory
  • 1TB SATA, HD
  • For 3D display contact IT
  • All other requirements same as Standard PC configuration
  • Monitor NOT included

TIER II Laptop

*Please read Data Security note
Dell Laptop Tier II Quote | SHI Dell Laptop Tier II Quote | HP Laptop Tier II Quote
  • Intel Core i7 quad Core (i7-4800MQ or other quad core)
  • 16 GB Memory
  • 1TB SATA, HD
  • Laptops generally do not have a good 3D display contact IT All other requirements same as Standard PC configuration


Printer Recommendations

We recommend Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) from vendors such as Multitech , Dell or HP as they tend to offer savings for the University . If you purchase/lease a printer from Multitech they have a warranty system based on the purchase of toner. Please make sure you read and follow their requirements. For all other printers, IT recommends against the purchase of refilled (remanufactured) toners as their use violates the warranty of a printer and any service contracts.

Connection Color Black & White
  Dell HP Dell HP
Network (multiple people can print) LaserJet 2150cdn LaserJet PageWide Pro 452dw LaserJet 3330dn LaserJet 3015dn
USB (individual use) LaserJet 2150cdn LaserJet Pro M452nw LaserJet 2350d LaserJet P2035

Data Security

Data security is important to the University. If you are traveling with University related sensitive data, please make sure you are meeting the data security requirements and recommendations stated in the referenced documents below. IT can assist you in securing data if you must take it off campus.

UNO AP-AA-24.2 | State IT POL 1-22

Microsoft License and Anti-Virus

UNO's Microsoft site license for OS’s is for upgrades of existing Windows licenses only. You must order your computer with a copy of Windows to use our upgrade license. All laptops/notebooks and desktop computers are required to be on the domain and to have updated virus protection. The University has a site license antivirus program, so you do not have to buy an anti-virus program.

Surge Protectors and UPS

We advise the purchase of a Surge protector (UL 1449 approved, 330V rating) for all non-mission critical computer systems. A Surge protector will protect your computer equipment from variations in electrical current, such as surges and spikes. We recommend the purchase of an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for every mission critical computer system. A UPS will protect against power drops or temporary outages. Though more costly, a UPS has an internal battery that will allow equipment plugged into it to continue to run until power is restored (depending on battery life).

Since the size of a UPS for your needs depends on your equipment and how long you want to keep it up after power goes out. Please visit APC’s UPS selector to find the right device for your needs. You can take the model information recommended and contact any of our State Contract suppliers or IT for assistance.

Laptop/Notebook Computer

Notebook computers typically weigh less than 6 pounds and are small enough to fit easily in a briefcase. Aside from size and portability, the principal difference between a notebook computer and a personal computer is the display screen is built in.

In terms of computing power, modern notebook computers are nearly equivalent to personal computers. They have the same CPUs, memory capacity, and disk drives. However, all this power in a small package is more expensive. Notebook computers come with battery packs that enable you to run them without plugging them in. However, the batteries need to be recharged every few hours.


A tablet device is a mobile computer with everything built in to one case suitable for general purposes. They are similar to modern smart phones, except tablets generally have more computing power. Tablets have a touch-screen display, computer and battery in a single unit. Tablets can come equipped with sensors, including cameras, a microphone, an accelerometer and a touchscreen, and are operated by fingers or a stylus. To keep the devices small and compact, tablets do not have a CD or DVD drive, and most use solid-state disks (SSD) for storage. Tablets commonly run Macintosh, Linux, Windows, Chrome, or Android operating systems. Some examples of tablets are Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle. The tablet device is considered a personal (non-business) system such as an Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle, which cannot run Windows 8.1 Professional or Enterprise. Faculty and staff should not access or store sensitive data on these devices.

Tablets PC

A tablet PC is a computer/laptop replacement which is similar to a laptop with the look and feel of a tablet device. It can run Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise (business class) plus join the domain. Faculty and staff can access or store sensitive data on these devices if they follow our data security procedures. An example of a tablet PC is a Microsoft Surface Pro. A tablet PC must follow the Purchasing directive guidelines as specified by Business Affairs in a memo dated 6/26/2014 Computer System Purchases.

SSD (Solid State Drive)

A solid-state drive (SSD) is similar to a flash drive in that it does not contain spinning or moving parts such as a HD (Hard Disk). They are generally faster than a standard HD to access data.

Additional Notes

  • If you purchase a smartphone, we recommend getting a device with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange. Phones with Active Sync are encouraged.
  • Personal devices such as iPads, digital cameras, and graphic tablets receive limited support. End-users assume responsibility for learning how to operate and install these devices.
  • Sound cards are standard on nearly every computer, but you cannot hear the audio from your computer without speakers. In many cases, they must be purchased at an additional cost.
  • Many HP products (scanners, printers) require cables that must be purchased separately.
  • CD-ROMs can only read CDs. If you need to create CDs, you must purchase a CD-RW drive. Since CD-RW drives can read and write CDs, you will rarely need to purchase separate CD-ROM and CD-RW drives on the same computer system. DVD-RW drives can read and write DVDs and CDs. DVD drives can read CDs and DVDs. If you need to create DVDs, you must purchase a DVD-R or DVD+R drive. A CD-RW/DVD-R or a CD-RW/DVD+R drive can read and write both CDs and DVDs.


Vendor Order Method Recommended System
Apple Paul Petrogeorge
Direct: 512-674-6876
MacBook Pro
Dell Harry Fields
Toll-Free: 800-981-3355 x5139355
Dell Premier Web Site for UNO**
Optiplex Series
(NWN Corporation)
Sharon Tardo
Direct: 985-966-1159
Fax: 281-983-5599
HP Compaq Business
 SHI Casey Dellsperger
Direct: 504-302-1651
Casey_Dellsperger@shi.com, LouisianaTeam@shi.com
Dell Optiplex Series, Microsoft Surface, Apple MacBook Pro, Lenovo
Margaret Miller
Toll-Free: 866.841.0134
HP Compaq Business
Howard Technology Solutions Samantha Johnson>
Direct: 601-399-5759
Howard Systems
Microsoft Chris Rice
Store: 985-291-5601
 Surface Pro
Multitech Office Machines
Toll-Free: 800.641.5291
* You will have to apply for an Apple account. Read instructions
**You will have to create a Dell account. If you do not already have one, call the Dell POC. Once you create the account, it will use your email as your username. The password, you must specify.