Computer Equipment Purchase Recommendations

Department Desktop and Laptop Computers

Departments purchasing desktop and laptop computers using state funds, including grant monies, are required to order through the Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI) program. To request a consult or quote for a new purchase, please submit the Department Computer Support service request.

Dell Computers. To view ECU standard computer specifications and obtain price quotes for Dell computers (a CPI-approved preferred vendor), visit the Dell Premier Portal (PORT punch-out). Quotes created at this site are available in PORT for purchase. Configurations can be customized.

Apple Computers. Purchase Apple computers and accessories from the Apple Punch-out catalog in PORT. The ECU Dowdy Student Store is now able to sell Apple iPads and iPad accessories directly to ECU departments. For current pricing, contact Dowdy’s Tech Deck at 252-328-4360 for the latest models, pricing and more.

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 Mac OS X 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 an IT Help Desk service request for a server assessment or desktop support consult to answer questions related to network connectivity, data storage and other needs of the project and to ensure that 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.

ECU-Supported Software

Visit the software guide for a listing of ECU-supported software. Find ECU-licensed downloads free to ECU users, vendors for other supported software, the latest versions and available training opportunities.

For special software purchases, a Software Accessibility Review request ensures your software purchase is accessible based on Section 508 guidelines and W3C content accessibility guidelines.

ECU Student Computer Purchase Program

While students are not required by ECU to buy any particular brand or model, those considering a computer purchase should first check the ECU Student Computer Purchase program website or visit the Pirate Techs Student Computer Support Center for any specifications and guidelines required by their academic program.

Partnerships between the ECU Dowdy Student Stores and several computer vendors provide affordable computers to ECU students and also meet any academic department requirements.

Staff and Faculty

Faculty and staff can also purchase computers and software for home use from the Dowdy Student Store and should stop by to discuss the latest pricing with a computer department representative. Some restrictions for software apply.



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