Overview - Technology Device Recommendations


University-Recommended Computers

Departments purchasing computers using state funds, including grant monies, are required to follow ECU's technology purchasing process (see Related Articles on this page). To request a consult or quote for a new purchase, please submit the Computer Support service request.

ECU currently supports these computer makes and models:

Apple MacBook Air (Mac) Dell Precision 3580 Workstation (Windows)
Processor: M2 chip** Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-1360P
Memory: 16GB RAM Memory: 16GB RAM
Graphics processor: Integrated graphics processor Graphics processor: NVIDIA RTX A500 4GB GDDR6 Graphics
Storage: 256GB SSD Storage: 256GB SSD
Docking station: Dell UD22 Docking station: Dell WD22TB4

**There are limitations with the Apple Silicon M1 and M2 chips: 1) M1/M2-based Macs ONLY support one external monitor natively. In our experience, this has been a major deterrent for some Mac users. 2) Boot Camp is not supported on M1 or M2 Macs, so dual booting options are limited to Mac virtual machine apps like Parallels Desktop. Additionally, since our Microsoft contract does not include the ARM version of Windows, ITCS does not support running Windows on a Mac for Apple M1 and M2 (non Intel based).

University-Recommended Printers

Enterprise Office Multifunction
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M611x (b/w)
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M611dn (b/w)
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M555x (color)
  • HP LaserJet Pro 4001dn (b/w)
  • HP LaserJet Pro M455dn (color)
  • HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw MFP (color)
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 9020 AIO (color)

Portable External Storage Devices

It is recommended that departments purchase 256-bit AES encrypted flash drives, self-encrypting external Solid State Drives (SSD) and hard drives for external storage needs. When self-encrypting drives are not feasible due to compatibility or are cost prohibitive, use of a software encryption solution such as WinZip Pro, Windows Bitlocker or macOS Filevault with a standard external storage solution is acceptable. A list of manufacturers of hardware-encrypted flash drives, external SSDs, and external hard drives is listed below.


  • Flash drives that are customized, pre-printed and/or preloaded with ECU data will not be approved for purchase
  • Flash drives purchased as blank should not be provided as promotions with ECU data included
  • Flash drives from state contract vendors (Staples, Tiger Direct, CDWG, etc.) and distributed without content will be approved for purchase
Encrypted Flash Drives Encrypted External Solid State Drives Encrypted External hard Drives
Kingston Samsung Portable SSD DataLocker (Ironkey)
Ironkey Western Digital (WD) My Passport SSD Western Digital
DataLocker DataLocker 3 Seagate
Kanguru Seagate  

Servers, Medical Equipment, Special Software

Before purchasing IT equipment or software, departments should submit a hardware consultation request to discuss network connectivity, data storage and other needs of the project and to also ensure ECU’s security regulations are followed. Please note that any purchase over $5000 requires approval.

Need assistance planning an IT project? Submit the IT Project Request form.

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