University-Owned Laptop Hardware Standards

PC Laptops

Starting Jan. 1st 2015 the official vendor for laptop/notebooks for Ferris is HP computers sold by Sehi Computer Products Inc..

The Ferris State University Standards Committee requires the following minimums for the purchase of a new laptop/notebook computer:

  • Business line model
  • Intel Core i7 Based Mobile Processor
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Integrated Network Interface Card
  • Integrated WebCam
  • No integrated Modem
  • Wireless A/B/G/N Compliant Interface
  • 500 GB, 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • DVDRW+- drive
  • 4 year limited warranty
  • Video Card with 1 GB RAM
  • Nylon carrying case


During PC replacement the following items are automatically included with the purchase of a PC laptop:

  • Docking station for connectivity and charging
  • Keyboard
  • Optical USB Mouse


If the budget allows, we recommend purchasing, in the following order, additional RAM, a larger hard drive, and a faster processor. Since each department has unique computer requirements, please contact your local computer support office to determine what hardware configuration will best suit the software applications you use for your work. 

Apple Laptops

Macintosh/Apple laptops have been approved for purchase and use on campus.

The Ferris State University Standards Committee requires the following minimums for the purchase of a new Apple laptop computer:

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch
  • Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Serial ATA or SSD Hard Drive
  • Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro
  • Nylon carrying case


Exceptions for special situations will be evaluated by the TAC on a case-by-case basis.

Computer Minimum Replacement Recommendations

In order to run FSU's standard software load, the Standard's Committee recommends replacement of any laptop/notebook computer that is:

  • Latitude D630/D830 or older
  • MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo processor or older

Vendor Review

The PC vendor review is performed by the committee every four years.

The last review (completed in Oct. 2014) lead to a change in vendors from Dell to HP.

The next review will occur in 2018.


Revised: April 7, 2016

Previous revision date: May 6, 2015