Below is some information that might be helpful in narrowing down options.
Dell offers CFI tagging on the Latitude and Optiplex line. Lenovo does not offer CFI tagging at this time. Every Lenovo computer is built to spec, which may cause a slightly longer lead-time.
Mass Purchase 2017 Guidance on Intel Processors
For the FY17 buying period (through May 2017), you will find double the amount of standard models. Dell and Lenovo offer the previous and current generations of Intel processors. These computer models are categorized with this in mind.
Intel’s 7th generation processors (released early 2017) go by the code name of Kaby Lake and are listed as i5–7XXX or i7-7XXX. These processors ONLY support Windows 10. Speed increases are minimal compared to the previous generation but major advances have been made in power consumption (i.e. resulting in longer battery life on laptops).
Intel’s 6th generation processors (released last year, 2016) go by the code name of Skylake and are listed as i5–6XXX or i7-6XXX. These processors support Windows 10, 8, and 7.
Dell and Lenovo have similar product strategies:
For desktops, you can choose Kaby or Skylake processors in the new computer models.
For laptops, if you can move to Kaby Lake (i.e. Win 10) then you can choose new computer models. But if you need Skylake, then you will buy last year’s models.
Lenovo offers Kaby Lake and Skylake processors at the same price point. Dell has a $10 increase between to move to Kaby Lake.
Departments should first assess whether they can run Windows 10 (only!) on new computers purchased through this mass purchase cycle. Then select desktops or laptops and go down the right path for selection. Thus it will be important to understand what processor is best before finalizing a quote.
First steps: Create a Lenovo account if you have not already done so.
Once you are able to log into Lenovo Direct for Illinois State University, you will find Laptops and Desktops & All-In-Ones on the top navigation menu under Products. You will then see the Narrow Results navigation bar on the left. At the bottom of the navigation, you will see ISU Standards. Click the link to reveal negotiated pricing on Lenovo's ISU standards for the laptop or desktop solution you're looking for. Feel free to customize, add accessories, docks, and compare various warranty options when building a quote. Once all items have been added to the cart, follow these instructions.
You can now access this CART ID and CART NAME for future use. It can be sent to TechZone or the Purchasing Office now that it has been created.
If your order is under $5000:
For orders $5000 or over, a requisition is required.