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Recommended Configurations

(#1) Apple iMac 27" Desktop

  • 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1TB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M380 with 2GB video memory
  • Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • AppleCare three year warranty

Suggested Use: Graphic design, having multiple programs running, office tasks.


(#2) Apple MacBook Air 13" Laptop                                           

  • weight 2.96lbs
  • 2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Backlit keyboard
  • AppleCare three year warranty

Suggested Use: Basic office tasks, lightweight and 0.68 inch thick.


(#3) Apple MacBook Pro 13" Laptop with Retina display                             

  • weight 4.50lbs
  • 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Backlit keyboard
  • AppleCare three year warranty

Suggested Use: Office and computing tasks, very portable, 0.71 inch thick.


(#4) Dell Optiplex 7040 Small Form Factor Desktop

  • 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7-6700 processor
  • 16GB 2133MHz DDR4 SDRAM
  • 256GB Solid State primary storage
  • 1TB Serial ATA (7200 RPM) secondary drive
  • DVD Drive (reads and writes to DVD/CD)
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 27-inch external monitor
  • Dell Stereo SoundBar
  • External Keyboard
  • External Mouse
  • 3 Year warranty

Suggested Use: Fast solid state storage. Internet, office and computational intensive tasks, graphics and video editing and rendering.  Includes keyboard, mouse and monitor.


(#5) Dell XPS 15 Laptop

  • weight 3.9lbs     14.1" x 9.27" x 0.66"
  • Intel Core i7-6700 HQ Quad-Core (up to 3.5 GHz) processor
  • 8GB 2133MHz DDR4 memory
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M dedicated graphics with 2GB GDDR5 graphics RAM
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 4 Year Warranty

Suggested Use: Very light for a 15-inch laptop, office and computing tasks.  Fast solid-state storage.


(#6) Dell XPS 13 Laptop                                                                   

  • weight 2.6lbs      12" x 7.88" x 0.6"
  • Dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U (up to 2.8 GHz)
  • 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 memory
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 13.3-inch (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Backlit keyboard
  • ​4 Year Warranty

​Suggested Use: Very light size and weight, portable, office and computing tasks. Fast solid-state storage and "retina" style display.