2022 - 2023 Specifications (Updated 202209)
This year, again, the best value PC for general purpose computing happens to be the Ultra SFF (configuration 12) -- it has a 256 GB SSD, a 6-core processor, and 16 GB of memory. This tiny form-factor does have a couple of drawbacks: 1) it is tough to upgrade as there is VERY little space in the case and 2) the size makes it a little easier to walk off with or drop and there are fewer connectivity ports. It does include wifi, which is convenient when cabling isn't practical.
Config 1 Alt. is definitely the most powerful choice as it shares similar specs to config 12, but has a very spacious case and a powerful GPU in addition to a faster processor and bigger hard drive.
24" monitors are the value sweet spot, but some devices have more input options than others, so check with your tech to ensure the devices you want to purchase pair well together.
While All-in-One configurations aren't available this year, you can get a Config 12 with a "TIO" monitor and essentially build your own AIO config for a reasonable price. This is a great option to ensure the computers are neatly tucked behind the monitor instead of needing to stand somewhere.
It is difficult to recommend portable configurations due to all the circumstances to take into consideration.
For anyone often on the go, the 14" Thinkpad L14 (Configuration 7) should suffice at a good price. It is just over 3 lbs. and is small enough to carry from one location to the other with relative ease. It has a powerful processor, capable graphics, and a Full HD screen. I'd be happy with this machine. If you are a heavy multi-tasker or have lots of storage needs, the higher end models would be worth the upgrade.
The High-End Touchscreen Ultraportable (Configuration 9) is a wonderful machine. It is mostly as powerful as the L14 but slightly lighter and smaller. Notably, it includes a touchscreen and the capability to operate in tablet mode. These features do notably increase the cost of this device.
We mostly recommend the T16 (Config 8) for individuals who need a built-in number pad or who want the largest screen possible from the notebooks/laptops we offer. Either option is fine, but the Alternate Config improves on the base model in all computational areas (more memory, more storage, better CPU/GPU) and has a brighter screen for $160 more. Otherwise, our previous recommendations stand.
Any of these devices are powerful enough to function as a desktop replacement.
For a portable option which will be used as a supplemental computer, a Chromebook (Configs 5 or 6) is a wonderful option. As our district leans more heavily on Google (G Suite/Google Apps) for Drive and Docs usage, these may eventually be perfect for a user's only device. For now, depending on your workflow, a traditional setup (even a shared desktop) may be needed occasionally. Either Chromebook config is great for filling Chromebook/Laptop Carts!
We recently added Chromebook Carts to the Specs. The referenced price includes the assembled cart, fully wired with Chromebook power adapters and teacher and tech (front and back) master locks. The price does not include the Chromebooks, and they must be purchased on the same purchase order or the wiring cannot be done, as the cart prep and wiring is done in the Presidio warehouse. We suggest Wireless Access Points travel with each (new) Chromebook cart. This will help reduce wireless infrastructure overload. Please work with your building tech to request Access Points from the CTC (contact: Tom Abraham).
Current Bid Winner PC Specifications (Vendor: Presidio)