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Purchasing

Units supported by CAS IT purchase computer equipment through the CAS IT ticketing system. We support standard hardware for most users. The purpose of these standards is two-fold:

  • To make support of these machines more efficient.
  • To determine the best value for departments, considering long-term performance and price.

We want this to be as easy a process as possible for departments. To make a purchase, just submit a ticket with information on what you're looking to purchase.

We will provide a quote. After that quote is provided, you need only to reply to the ticket with a billing FOAPAL. Most non-Apple orders will be processed via iBuy and approved by your department's iBuy approver(s). For Apple orders, CASIT will coordinate with the UIC Bookstore.

While you'll always receive an exact quote and prices do change frequently, below are current prices for supported equipment to assist with your planning. These prices are current as of June 2014.

Supported Windows Desktop Computers - Small Form Factor
Dell Optiplex 3020 - $512 (recommended upgrade to 8GB memory + $57)
Dell Optiplex 9020 - $728 (includes 8GB memory)

Supported Windows Notebook Computers - 8GB memory required
Dell Latitude 7440/Latitude 14 7000 series - $1161
HP Elitebook Folio 9470m - $1023
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s - $1466
Lenovo X1 Carbon - $1775
* Notebook computers vary in price depending on their configuration. While we do not recommend them, notebooks with DVD drives are still available. If you're looking to purchase a notebook, we recommend visiting our office to look at various models and discuss your specific needs. As evidenced in our standards, we believe the best notebook for work use is a thin, light, 14" notebook computer.

Supported Apple Computers
Mac Mini - $579 (recommended upgrade to 8GB memory + $90)
MacBook Pro w. Retina Display 13" - $1472 (includes required upgrade to 8GB memory & extended warranty)
MacBook Air 13" - $1222 (includes required upgrade to 8GB memory & extended warranty)

Supported Tablets
iPad Air 16GB Wifi - $469
iPad mini Retina 16GB Wifi - $379
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 64GB - $760 (recommend upgrade extended warranty + $232, recommended Type Cover + $160)
* Depending on system specs, the Microsoft Surface with Dock ($158) can replace a desktop and/or notebook. This solution is not for everyone, but can be very effective for those who could benefit from a powerful tablet and are often working outside their office.

Other
Dell Professional 22" Monitor - $154
Dell UltraSharp 24" Monitor - $260
Planar PLL2210W 22" Monitor - $115
Planar PLL2410W 24" Monitor - $121
For printers, we request that you consider engaging the services of the Gordon Flesch company via the UIC Copiers program. In addition to copiers, they now provide a printer rental program. They can work with you to consult on the appropriate printers for your area. For information, contact uiccopiers@uic.edu.

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