NYU Tech Standards for Faculty and Staff

Last updated: August 2022

Technology leaders across NYU, via the University CIO Council, in collaboration with NYU IT and NYU Procurement, establish and maintain a set of standards for technical equipment purchased with University-administered funds. These standards account for functional, cybersecurity, and technical requirements and comply with NYU’s sustainability guidelines and NYU’s Information Technology and Travel and Expense policies.

On this page: General Guidelines | Computers | Monitors | Mobile Devices | Service Warranty Information

General Guidelines

  • All computers and monitors must be procured through NYU i-Buy
  • Before making a purchase, please check with your respective School IT department in case School-specific standards are available
  • Purchasing non-standard equipment requires the approval of a department VP and Fiscal Officer
  • Please check this page periodically as standards or recommendations may change

Computers

Criteria for Selecting Standard Computer Models

  • Portability, given hybrid nature of our work
  • Energy efficiency
  • Integrated features, like camera and microphone
  • Equipment warranty and support
  • Ports and connectors to support a large variety of peripherals
  • Supported by tech teams across NYU

Given the above criteria, laptops are the University standard for computers.

Standard Laptops (Tier 1)

PC - Tier 1
(available on Dell Premier Portal
in i-Buy NYU)
Mac
(available on “NYU Shop”
in i-Buy NYU)
Latitude 3520 (15")
CPU: i5 Processor
Memory: 16GB
Storage: 256GB SSD
MacBook Air - 13”
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU, 8-Core GPU
Memory: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Latitude 5320 (13”)
CPU: i5 Processor
Memory: 16GB
Storage: 256GB SSD
MacBook Pro - 13”   
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU, 8-Core GPU
Memory: 8GB
Storage: 256GB Storage
  MacBook Pro - 14”   
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU, 14-Core GPU
Memory: 16GB Unified Memory
Storage: 512GB Storage

Although desktops are not recommended, the Optiplex 7090 Small Form Factor desktop on the Dell Premium Portal in i-Buy NYU is the standard Tier 1 desktop computer choice.

Special-Purpose Laptops (Tier 2)

Special Purposes: For programming, processing large data sets, and/or graphic/media design, select from the models below.  

PC - Tier 2
(available on Dell Premier Portal
in i-Buy NYU)
Mac
(available on “NYU Shop”
in i-Buy NYU)
Latitude 7320 (15”)
CPU: i7 Processor
Memory: 32GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
MacBook Pro 13”
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU, 8-Core GPU
Memory: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Latitude 7520 (15”)
CPU: i7 Processor
Memory: 32GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
MacBook Pro - 14”   
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU, 14-Core GPU
Memory: 16GB Unified Memory
Storage: 512GB Storage
Optiplex 7090 SFF
CPU: i7 Processor
Memory: 16GB or 32 GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
MacBook Pro 16”
M1 Pro Chip with 10-Core CPU 16- Core GPU
Memory: 16GB Unified Memory
Storage: 512GB SSD Storage

Although desktops are not recommended, the Optiplex 7090 Small Form Factor desktop on the Dell Premium Portal in i-Buy NYU is the standard special-purpose Tier 2 desktop computer choice.

Special Purposes Tier 3

For CPU-intensive work (requires high processing power), select from the models below.

PC - Tier 3
(available on Dell Premier Portal
in i-Buy NYU)
Mac
(available on “NYU Shop”
in i-Buy NYU)
Mobile Precision 5550 15”
CPU: i7 Processor
Memory: 32GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
MacBook Pro 16” (available on “NYU Shop” in i-Buy NYU)
M1 Pro Chip with 10-Core CPU, 16- Core GPU
Memory: 16GB Unified Memory
Storage: 1TB SSD Storage

Although desktops are not recommended, the Precision 5820 Tower on the Dell Premium Portal in i-Buy NYU is the standard special-purpose Tier 3 desktop computer choice.

Monitors

Standard Monitors (Tier 1)

Available on Dell Premier Portal in i-Buy NYU.
Features: High resolution, Dell Display Manager compatibility, cost effective.

  • Dell 22”
  • Dell 24”

Special-Purpose Monitor (Tier 2)

Available on Dell Premier Portal in i-Buy NYU.
Special Purposes: Graphic and media design, analyzing large data sets, and/or software development.

  • Dell 27”

Questions about these models and other standards for computer peripherals/equipment can be directed to your local IT support team. 

Mobile Devices

Criteria for Selecting Standard Mobile Devices

Baseline Criteria

  • Supports mobile device management
  • Device encryption
  • 5G connectivity
  • Extended battery life
  • Hotspot
  • Front and backwards camera
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • WiFi 6
  • Two- or four-year warranty
  • Biometrics
  • OS updates available

Tier 2 Criteria

High-quality front-facing camera

Tier 1

ServiceLink request form for eligible purchases

Phones - Tier 1
(available via ServiceLink request form
or school/unit purchasing team)
Tablets - Tier 1
(available via school/unit
purchasing team)
iPhone 12
Samsung Galaxy 22
iPad Pro
Galaxy Tab S8
iPad 

Tier 2

ServiceLink request form for eligible purchases

Phones - Tier 2
(available via ServiceLink request form or school/unit purchasing team)
iPhone 13
Samsung Galaxy 22+

Service Warranty Information

Dell standard devices listed on this page include a service warranty on the price available in i-Buy. Dell standard devices are also available without a service warranty.

Any Dell device purchased outside of the standard devices will not include a service warranty and will require the user to include it as an add-on when purchased.

Apple standard devices don't include a service warranty. If a service warranty is required, please make sure you purchase AppleCare when purchasing the device on i-Buy. This is recommended.