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Posted on: February 10, 2014

Document notes: This is a 1st DRAFT version of the desktop computing recommendations for 2014-2015, with specifications and pricing for review and subject to change. Some of the links from this page may be broken or incorrect. This draft was last...

Posted on: September 24, 2013

On September 24, 2013, Apple announced significant updates to its iMac line of all-in-one desktop systems. Specific changes include the introduction of 802.11ac WiFi connectivity and improved graphics capability. As expected, the new iMac line...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Information Systems & Computing (ISC), in consultation with the Penn community, annually publishes recommendations for desktop computers. These recommendations reflect institutional and industry trends but do not necessarily take into account the...

Posted on: May 25, 2013

Value Desktops are defined by Information Systems & Computing (ISC) as PCs that meet the necessary requirements for a three year life cycle. Value Desktops tend to cost between $750 and $1,000. Low cost PCs, which usually cost between $375 and $...

Posted on: May 25, 2013

The following are current recommendations for new administrative desktops and other University users with demanding computing needs. Performance desktops meet the necessary requirements for a four year life cycle and generally cost between $1,000 and...

Posted on: April 10, 2013

Important note: This chart includes upcoming changes in technology and services that will impact Penn over the next ten months. No nondisclosure information has been used to compile this page.

Providers should remember that dates and...

Posted on: October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

Apple announced significant updates today to its iMac line of all-in-one desktop systems. Specific changes include a major redesign of the case, omission of an optical drive, and the introduction of a new solid state/...

Posted on: October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

On October 23, 2012, Apple announced significant updates to the Mac mini line. While the outward appearance has not changed much from the 2011 version, the internals have changed significantly, with upgraded processor, upgraded...

Posted on: July 1, 2012

Information Systems & Computing (ISC), in consultation with the Penn community, annually publishes recommendations for desktop computers. These recommendations reflect institutional and industry trends but do not necessarily take into account the...