PLU Help Desk
Computer Purchases

Computer Purchases

All PLU departmental purchases must be coordinated through User Support Services. We will work with numerous vendors to find the best price/value for the University and get back to you with a quote for the equipment. Please send purchase requests to helpdesk@plu.edu.  You can also contact us at 253-535-7525 for more information.

Note:  We provide service and support for equipment purchased only through our department and not by other means, e.g., directly from a vendor or business.  

Sustainability

It is our practice to purchase only computers and printers that are Energy Star compliant and/or have EPEAT certification.  Each of the choices below are rated Energy Star Gold.  More information on EPEAT can be found here.

Ergonomics

We recommend that faculty and staff visit the PLU's ergonomics website for tips on assessing your work environment for potential issues that should be addressed.   Please contact PLU's Environmental Health and Safety department at ehs@plu.edu if you have additional questions about your workspace and they will work with you to resolve any concerns you may have.

Standard Computer Options

Our standard computer options for Fiscal Year 14-15:

Windows

Desktop
  • Dell Optiplex 9020
  • Core i7 3.4Ghz CPU
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system 
  • 8GB RAM 
  • 1GB integrated video card 
  • 500GB hard drive 
  • DVD RW
  • Dell 22" Flat Panel monitor (second monitor - additional $165 department purchase)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Pro
  • 5 year warranty
Laptop
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440P
  • Intel Core i5-4300M Processor (2.60 GHz)
  • Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB hard drive
  • DVD RW
  • 14.0" widescreen
  • Integrated Wireless
  • Integrated Webcam
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Pro
  • 3 year warranty

Apple

Desktop
  • Apple iMac 21.5"
  • Core i5 Processor 2.7GHz
  • Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive
  • No SuperDrive (additional $79 department purchase)
  • Wired keyboard and mouse
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
  • 3 year warranty
Laptop
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13"
  • Dual Core i5 Processor 3.1Ghz
  • Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB hard drive
  • No SuperDrive (additional $79 department purchase)
  • No Retina Display (additional $300 department purchase)
  • Mini Display Port to VGA
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
  • 3 year warranty

Personal Purchases

Personal computer purchases may be made through the PLU Bookstore or other computer vendors.  If you choose to purchase equipment online, you may want to check for discounted pricing for individuals associated with educational institutions.  Minimum requirements for use on our network as well as general guidelines for choosing a new computer are listed here.