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DoIT encourages faculty or staff to consider a laptop, but understands that some people prefer a desktop. As part of our commitment to support the use of technology on campus please see the following resources:

  • Software Downloads (note requires you log in with your myUMBC.EDU account. We have site licenses for faculty and staff to use.
  • Virtual Computer Lab - if you are teaching, please be aware students may access our specialized course software from their own computer.
  • Cloud storage through Box or Google Drive. UMBC provides 25 GB of storage on box.com for each account, more upon request. We also provision all everyone with a Google drive account.
  • Blackboard - Getting started for Faculty
  • Email and Calendar - Using Email and Calendar applications at UMBC.
  • Getting support - Submitting a request ticket or contacting the Technology Support Center


PCs

Laptop

  • Core i5 or higher Processor
  • 16 GB RAM (minimum)
  • 256 GB (minimum) solid state hard drive
  • Internal NIC (network card)
  • Touch enabled screen 
  • Video card capable of HDMI video 
  • 802.11ac wireless card + Bluetooth (internal)
  • TPM Enabled 
  • 3 year next business day onsite warranty with accidental damage protection
  • Optional PXE boot Ethernet adapter 
  • Optional USB DVD +/- RW

Recommended models include 14 inch Dell Latitude E5410 or E7410 (traditional laptop or convertible 2-in-1)

Desktop

Minimum Specs

  • Core i5 Processor
  • 16 GB RAM (minimum)
  • 256 GB (minimum) solid state hard drive.
  • HDMI capable Video Card
  • TPM Enabled 
  • 3 year next business day onsite warranty
  • DVD +/- RW 
  • Internal NIC (network card)
  • Dual band wireless in All-in-One models

Recommended models include the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Mini Tower and OptiPlex 7470 All-in-One (include dual-band wireless)

Macintosh

Laptop

  • Core i5 or higher Processor
  • 16 GB of RAM (minimum)
  • 256 GB solid state hard drive
  • AppleCare+ for warranty protection which includes accidental damage
  • Recommended that Faculty purchase an HDMI video adapter for use in classrooms

Recommended models include 13in MacBook Air with Retina Display, 13in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Desktop

Minimum Specs

  • Core i5 Processor
  • Minimum 16 GB of RAM
  • Minimum 256 GB solid state hard drive
  • Optional DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card)
  • AppleCare+ for warranty protection which includes accidental damage

We recommend the iMac 21.5 inch with Retina 4K or 27 inch 5K desktop.

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