Equipment Purchase Recommendations

Purchasing equipment with Mines funds for business or academic use

Mines faculty and staff periodically purchase new laptops, PCs, printers, and other hardware as part of their jobs. But exactly what hardware should you buy?

To make that question easier to answer, CCIT put together these recommendations. We hope to make equipment purchases quick and painless. Our in-depth knowledge of this specific hardware should make any needed repairs simpler and faster as well.

See the links below for instructions on how to purchase particular items.


Recommended Computer Configurations for Faculty and Staff

Buying a new desktop or laptop for work? CCIT has optimized our configuration and support systems around the recommendations found here.

You can order any of the preconfigured recommended systems described below by ordering directly from Dell Premier. Scroll down a bit to My Tools and select Standard Configurations. Accessories can also be purchased directly from this site. If you do not see a standard configuration that works for you, then please submit a Mines Help Center request and let us work with you. We can then generate an eQuote that you will then be able to retrieve at the Dell Premier site and purchase directly.

Standard Configuratons

Administrative Desktop – For typical administrative and desktop usage consisting in use of installed academic or administrative utilities, large scale spreadsheets, virtual machines, Matlab, Mathematica, Labview, etc. Is also suitable for light duty desktop computing consisting mostly of email, document preparation, Internet activity, etc.

High Performance Desktop – This is a scientific and engineering workstation for when high end CPU and RAM are required.

Laptop – A laptop computer that is verstaile and will meet the needs of most users

All quotes include 3 year ProSupport Plus with Next Business Day Onsite Service. Note that our standard configurations do not include Windows as we install an upgraded version of Windows once the conputer arrives.

Standard installations will include:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 EDU
  • Microsoft Office Professional
  • Firefox and Chrome
  • Adobe Reader, Java and selected other utilities
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Laptops will be encrypted using the built in Microsoft BitLocker

For Adobe premium products see Do not purchase Adobe products from Dell.

Once your new computer arrives, please open a Mines Help Center request ( and allow 3-5 working days for CCIT to configure and setup the new system. Other software will be installed on request, licensing permitting.

Other Options

If you believe that these configurations are not a good fit for your needs, then please consult with us for recommendations. Alternatives may experience delays in configuration and support.



The Mines network environment has the resources necessary to manage access to shared printers. However, not every network printer can be managed. Unmanaged network printers are visible to the entire campus. We therefore do not recommend using other than Enterprise Network class printers in any shared setting.

All recommended printers are HP laser printers. Inkjet printers have low entry prices but are higher maintenance and cost to operate. Our network is optimized for the HP printers.

Network printers may not be connected wirelessly to our network as they cause interference with the wireless network. Printers must either be connected to the network with a wired  connection, or directly connected to a computer with USB. You will still be able to print from a wirelessly connected computer.

We have streamlined the purchasing of our recommended printers through CDW-G.


(direct connect USB)

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Printer (with wireless disabled)HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw B4A22A#BGJ (with wireless disabled)

B&W $129 


Multifunction Print, Scan, FAX
(direct connect USB)

HP LaserJet Pro M225dn CF484A#BGJHP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw B3Q11A#BGJ (with wireless disabled)

B&W: $239

Color: $329

(5-20 users, Enterprise Network)

HP LaserJet Pro M402dn C5F94A#BGJHP Color LaserJet Pro M452dn CF389A#BGJ


High Capacity

(20+ users, Enterprise Network)
HP LaserJet Enterprise M605x E6B71A#BGJHP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651dn CZ256A#BGJ



Most administrative offices and academic or research groups will be satisfied with the Workgoup class printer. Choose High Capacity for public or semi-public high traffic applications. Keep in mind that toner for color printers is significantly more expensive.



CCIT Recommended Surface Tablets

 Considering a Surface Tablet? We recommend for most Mines applications that you get

– i5 or i7 processor

– 8GB or more RAM

– 256GB or more SSD storage

If you would like assistance with making a decision then please contact CCIT through the Mines Help Center. When you are ready to purchase you can get our best prices and order directly from CDW-G. When your tablet arrives then let us know and we will configure it for campus use.

Purchasing equipment for personal use

Dell offers a discount program for all employees, students, their families and friends. Discount details:

•        Up to 30% off Dell PCs, Electronics and Accessories.

•        Dell Advantage: 3% back + free 2nd business day shipping (Register at Checkout).

•        Monthly exclusive deals.

This program is available at

Apple offers discounts through their Apple Education Store at and at their retail stores. Be sure to bring your proof of education status, such as your BlasterCard.

Lenovo also offers discounts and free shipping. See