Information about the standard computer hardware configurations for faculty, staff, and computer lab facilities at Colgate.

 

ITS tests hardware and software for compatibility and functionality to offer recommendations that will meet the campus's computing needs.

Faculty and Staff Computers

Standard Recommendations

These hardware recommendations reflect Colgate and industry trends. Colgate's ITS office budgets for a primary computer per employee every 4 years.

Advanced Needs and Upgrades

These are the minimum recommendations from ITS, meeting the needs of most users for typical daily tasks. Users with specific or advanced computing needs should contact ITS for upgrade options as needed.

Windows

HP EliteDesk 800 G4 SFF (small form factor) PC

  • ENERGY STAR Certified Label
  • EliteDesk 800PLA SFF 250W Chassis
  • Win 10 Pro 64 U.S
  • Intel Core i5-8500 3.0 6C 65W
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 DIMM
  • 512GB SATA SSD
  • USB BusSlim Keyboard and mouse
  • HP DisplayPort Port
  • DVDWR

HP EliteBook 840 G5 Laptop

  • eStar Enable
  • 14-in LED UWVA slim
  • Win 10 Pro 64 U.S.
  • Core i5 G8 Label
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 3 Cell 50 WHr Long Life
  • 45 Watt Smart AC Adapter

Mac

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

  • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
  • 512GB SSD SATA
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB video memory
  • Wired Apple Mouse
  • Wired Keyboard

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – Space Gray

  • 2.3GHz quadcore 8thgeneration Intel Core i5
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based SSD
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Backlit Keyboard - US English

Video Adapter Cables

Provided upon request, one per user

Laboratory Computers

Desktop computers with specifications similar to the basic standards outlined for faculty and staff computers are installed in public laboratories across the campus. 

HP EliteDesk 800 G4 SFF PC

  • ENERGY STAR Certified Label
  • EliteDesk 800PLA SFF 250W Chassis
  • Win 10 Pro 64 U.S
  • Intel Core i5-8500 3.0 6C 65W
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 DIMM
  • 512GB SATA SSD
  • USB BusSlim Keyboard and mouse
  • HP DisplayPort Port
  • DVDWR

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

  • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
  • 512GB SSD SATA
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB video memory
  • Wired Apple Mouse
  • Wired Keyboard

About Our Hardware Choices

We currently partner with HP and the rest of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium schools for consortial pricing which enables us to acquire better machines for less. In addition to this partnership we have service contracts with HP and Apple which allow us to repair Colgate-owned devices on premise and give us access to premium support with these vendors.

Supported Software

For information about supported software, see:

Supported software

Recommendations for Students

We recommend these same specifications for students  and their personal machines. These recommendations were selected because they meet the increased demands of the underlying operating system as well as the software running on it. 

Ask for Help

If you are unable to find the information you need in the documentation available online, the ITS Service Desk is available to assist.