Selecting a Computer
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What Type of Computer will I Receive?
Staff: Each eligible staff member is allocated a Windows (Dell) standard desktop. Other requests will incur a variance to be covered by department funds.
Faculty: Each eligible faculty member may choose any standard computer (Dell or Apple, desktop or laptop).
- Hardware configurations (PDF) for BCCR computer models
- Simplified comparison grid with variance information (PDF) (BC sign-in required)
- Standard software installed on BC computers
Note: Configuration and variance details are subject to change.
The variance is the cost between the model the person is eligible to receive and the model they selected.
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Selecting a computer model
Desktop or Laptop?
- Mobility: If you use your computer mostly at your desk, a laptop may not be necessary. However, if your job requires that you move around frequently, a laptop might be the better choice.
- Tablets/iPads: If your department has already purchased an iPad or tablet for you, then you may find that you don’t need a laptop.
- Screen Size: Desktops typically use 21-27” displays. Laptops only have 13-15” screens.
- Costs: Departments must cover additional costs if non-faculty members choose laptop computers. Additional department funding is also needed for laptop docking stations, keyboards and mice for faculty and staff.
Apple or Dell?
- Costs: Dell computers are considerably less expensive than Apple computers, with comparable computer graphics, memory, and hard drive space.
- Graphic Design: Although Apple computers are generally the industry preference for graphic/web design, Adobe Creative Suite can run on both Windows and Apple computers. You do not need an Apple computer in order to collaborate with others on Apple computers.
- Need both Mac and Windows OS? Windows can be run on an Apple computer along with the Mac OS, but the Mac OS cannot be run on a Dell computer.
- Ease of Use: Go with what you know! There is a learning curve if you switch from Mac to PC, or PC to Mac.
Standard or High-End?
Industry norms indicate that the standard computer models are suitable for most users for the next four years.
- Memory: All high-end models come with 16GB of memory, which you may need if you work with large media files, data sets, or other memory-intensive files.
- Costs: High-end models will require additional funding from your department or the Provost Office.