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.
For the FY18 buying period (through May 2018), Dell and Lenovo offer the 7th and 8th generations of Intel processors on laptops. The current desktop offerings are 7th generation. The new, 8th generation of desktops is on track for FY19.
8th Gen Kaby Lake R Laptops
The new Dell and Lenovo laptops occupy the 8th Gen Kaby Lake R categories on each vendor partner's website. The increase in performance (quad-core vs. dual-core) from these processors comes at a cost increase when compared to the 7th generation laptops. The price increases vary by model. The Dell increase is $30-$65 and Lenovo increase is $10-$90.
8th Gen Kaby Lake R Desktops
Dell confirms today that the new Desktops will not be available to quote until mid-May. This news takes the new desktops out of the FY18 buying cycle, and the new Dell and Lenovo desktops are both on track for a summer release at this time.
7th Gen Kaby Lake Laptops and Desktops
TechZone worked with both Dell and Lenovo to retain popular models from last year's assortment. Dell and Lenovo desktops with 7 generation processors are ready to quote. Dell and Lenovo both advise getting orders placed before the end of April to ensure availability during this time of processor transition.
6th Gen Skylake Laptops and Desktops
Dell and Lenovo continue to offer a solution for the Windows 7 only crowd. Dell models will be available for the coming year while Lenovo anticipates availability through the end of April 2018.
Dell Premier Notes
Operating System Component
The configurations display redundant OS options. The excessive radio buttons in this section help solve compatibility issues with the processor, RAM, hard drive, and display options. Please let Jason Link know if you have questions.
vPro - Systems Management Component
The higher-end processor labels display vPro compatibility. Configure the device with vPro in the Systems Managment section to ensure the device ships with it if desired.
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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.
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