IRT Recommended Desktop Computers

The IRT recommended laptop computers are the Dell Latitude E6430 and the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch.  Departments may purchase the computers on behalf of the institution using a campus requisition order.

This page is intended primarily for institutional purchase, but the recommendations might be helpful for personal use. Faculty, staff and students can purchase IRT recommended Dell and Apple equipment directly from the Hornet Bookstore for personal use at the same low price as the institutional price (plus applicable environmental fees and taxes).

Dell Latitude E6430
Dell Latitude E6420

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  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2540M (2.6GHz, 3M cashe) with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    (2.53GHz, 3M Cache)
  • Operating Systems: Genuine Windows Vista® Home basic SP2, 32-Bit With Media
  • Display: 14.0" HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare LED backlit
  • Graphics & Expansion slot: Intel® HD Graphics 3000
  • Memory: 4.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 4G2D3 DIMMS
  • Keyboard: Internal English Dual Pointing Keyboard 
  • Microphone: Noise Cancelling Digital Array Microphone 
  • Hard Drive: 250GB Hard Drive, 5400RPM
  • Primary Optical Device: 8X DVD+/-RW w/Roxio and Cyberlink PowerDVD™, no dedia (royalty)
  • Primary Battery: 9 (97WH) Cell Lithium ion Battery 
  • AC Adaptor: 90W A/C Adapter (3-pin)
  • Wireless LAN (802.11): Intel® Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card
  • Bluetooth: Dell Wireless® 375 Bluetooth Module
  • Docking: E-Port Plus, dock adds dual digital display and legacy port support
  • Warranty: 3 Year Basic Hardware Service with 3 Year NBD Onsite Service after remote diagnosis
  • Complete Care: 3 year accidental Damage Service


Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Mac Book Pro

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  • Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 3MB L3 cash
  • Operating Systems: MacOS X Leopard; (Optional: User-supplied WindowsOS when configured as dual-boot with included BootCamp software)
  • Software included: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife ’09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
  • Memory: 4GB memmory 320GB 54010-rpm hard drive
  • Hard Drive: 250GB Serial ATA @ 5400
  • CD ROM/DVD ROM: SuperDrive 8x
  • Precision aluminum unibody enclosure: Carved from a single block of aluminum
  • Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard
  • Trackpad: Smooth Glass Multi-Touch trackpad
  • Display: 13.3 inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 1280 by 800 pixels
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
  • Ports: Two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one
    Mini DisplayPort for connection to external monitor
  • Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
  • Power adapter: 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
  • Warranty: Every Mac comes with complimentary telephone technical support within 90 days of your Mac purchase and a one-year limited warranty.