Standard Computer Models for Faculty and Staff

ITS recognizes that different users have different needs and preferences in computer platforms and therefore offers both macOS and Microsoft Windows (Dell) computer options to faculty and staff. 

Details about the differences between using Dells vs. Mac computers here at Middlebury College can be found in this Knowledge Base article.

Our standard model computers will meet the needs of most Middlebury employees.  If you have unique computing needs or any questions, please contact the helpdesk to discuss which configuration is best suited for your work.

ITS provides a single 22" display for each employee as well as a docking station with Dell deployments or an Anker USB C adapter with Apple deployments.

 Detailed Specs for ITS Standard Models

  Dell Optiplex 7090 Micro Dell Latitude 5420* Apple MacBook Air Apple iMac
Category Win micro desktop Win std laptop Mac std laptop Mac desktop
Screen External 14” 13” 24”
OS Win 10 Ent Win 10 Ent macOS macOS
CPU 8-core
2.5-4.9GHz i7
3.0GHz i7
Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
RAM 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB
Hard drive 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Weight 2.5 lbs 3.1 lbs 2.8 lbs 12.5 lbs
Ports 5x USB, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, network 2x USB, 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Network, MicroSD Card 2x USB-C/TB 4, 3.5mm headphone jack 2x USB-C/TB3, 2x USB-C/TB4, Network
Cost $925 $1,275 $1,246 $1,715
EPEAT** Gold Gold Gold Gold

  *Please note that the new Dell laptops no longer work with the old style docking station(E-Port) and require the purchase of a new USB-C "port replicator" ($260) if docking is necessary.

Both models include a three year warranty.

 **Information about EPEAT can be found at

Software (Applications) You Can Expect to Find

Computers purchased and maintained by ITS are set up with the standard college software bundle which includes basic tools unique to each OS as well as utilities which help ITS manage and secure Middlebury devices. Employees are able to install additional software themselves if needed. Many of the popular licensed software used at the college (such as Adobe applications or Microsoft Offce) are now available for self-install via Self Service Installations. Applications are also listed in our Service Catalog.  More info is at:

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