University-Owned Laptop Hardware Standards

PC Laptops

The current official vendor for Laptop/Notebooks for Ferris is Dell Computing Corporation

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

  • Latitude Family
  • Intel Core i7 Based Mobile Processor (Business model rather than personal model)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Integrated Network Interface Card
  • 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:

  • E/Port dock for 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 laptop vendor review is performed by the committee every four years. The next review will be completed in 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Technology Assistance Center.


Revised: January 30, 2013

Previous revision date: February 28, 2012