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New machine entitlement

If you are a new teaching or research active staff member joining WBS then welcome from the WBS IT group (WBS eSolutions)! Here you can find out about the choice of new computer you can make to support your work.

If you are a current teaching or research active staff member then here you can find information on what computer you can receive the next time yours is due to be replaced.

All administrative members of staff are issued with a standard desktop, any additional requests need to be funded from group funds.

We aim to provide you with a range of computers to best support your work. All our computers are from the Dell Enterprise, Microsoft Surface or Apple ranges. We use Windows 10 (64 bit) or the latest version of Mac OS. We supply a standard specification machine, should you wish to purchase something with a higher specification please contact us with your requirements. All such requests will be approved by a senior team of WBS staff, both academic and administrative. Please note that staff on a 50% + contract receive the full computing provision, below 50% are entitled to a tapered provision.

How regularly will my machine be replaced?

Machines are assumed to have the following life-cycles:

  • Windows laptop (including portable Surface devices) - replaced every 3 years
  • Windows desktop - replaced every 4 years
  • Windows workstation - replaced every 4 years
  • Mac desktop - replaced every 4 years
  • Mac laptop - replaced every 4 years. As Mac laptops generally last longer but also cost more we expect a 4 year replacement cycle

Can I keep my old computer when I receive a new one?

No, if the school pays for, or contributes towards, a new computer then the old device will need to be returned. Conversely if you purchase an additional machine entirely from another source (e.g. a research bid) then it is treated as an additional device and you can keep both it and the centrally-funded device.

Old machines are cleaned (that is all the data is removed) and then either redeployed, used for testing or sent for secure disposal.

Your primary decisions are likely to be:

Desktop or Laptop – Laptops clearly give you the benefit of portability while desktops tend to be more powerful and reliable. If you select a Dell laptop then we aim to improve the working setup by providing a docking station, external monitor, full-size keyboard and mouse. This gives you the portability of a laptop when you are out of the office and the convenience of a desktop when you are in the office, see http://help.wbs.ac.uk/laptopdock . If you select an Apple laptop then we provide a full-size external keyboard, mouse and laptop riser.

PC or Apple Mac – The choice here is likely largely based on the system with which you are most comfortable and the software you need to use. If you have always used PCs it is probably quite hard to switch to a Mac and vice-versa. *If* you select an Apple Mac please note the following:

  • Not all academic software is available on the Mac although this is improving over time
  • Macs do not have a full docking station option. To ensure your safe working we provide an external keyboard, mouse and a laptop riser as part of the order
  • Should you need to work with sensitive data this might not be permitted on a Mac due to its lack of central management. In this case we would provide you with a Windows virtual machine at no cost.

Please let us know which of the following you would like as your primary WBS computer. If you wish to discuss your options further please contact Dene Statham (dene.statham@wbs.ac.uk – 024 765 28214).

Desktop PC – Dell Optiplex 7060 SFF

  • 24” LCD screen or dual 20” screens
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Intel core i5 quad core (3.2GHz)

Key advantages:

  • Compact, thus freeing up desk space
  • Quiet
  • Entirely funded within the standard WBS academic entitlement.

Dell Optiplex 7040

 

Laptop – Dell E7400

  • Comes with docking station, 24” LCD screen, full-size external keyboard and mouse
  • Internal 14.1” screen
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • Intel core i5
  • Weight from 1.5 kg

Key advantages:

  • A good compromise between power and portability
  • Entirely funded within the standard WBS academic entitlement.

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Shown without its docking station

Tablet/laptop - Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Internal 12.3" touch screen
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Intel core i5 cpu
  • Keyboard cover
  • Pen for use on screen
  • Weight 770g+cover

Key advantages:

  • Can be used with a dock to connect external screen
  • Entirely funded within the standard WBS academic entitlement.

Contact dene dot statham at wbs dot ac dot uk to discuss exact requirements

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High powered workstation – Precision Tower 3630

  • Ideal for staff running simulations or other computationally-intensive tasks
  • upto i9 or Xeon multi core
  • upto 128GB RAM

Key advantages:

  • Faster and more powerful than the other options
  • Depending on specification can usually be funded within the standard WBS academic entitlement although contact dene dot statham at wbs dot ac dot uk to discuss the exact specification required.

Dell T1700

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Apple MacBook Air

  • Portable and light weight
  • 13.3" Retina display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • Intel i5 cpu
  • Two Tunderbolt 3 ports
  • weight 1.25kg

Key considerations:

  • While we try to offer support the lack of management of these devices does mean they are expected largely to be self-supported

MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Pro

  • 13.3" Retina display
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • Intel i5 cpu
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • weight 1.37kg

OR

  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Key considerations:

  • While we try to offer support the lack of management of these devices does mean they are expected largely to be self-supported

MacBook Pro 13

Apple iMac 21"

  • 21.5" 4K display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • Intel i5 cpu
  • Keyboard and either trackpad or mouse

Key considerations:

  • While we try to offer support the lack of management of these devices does mean they are expected largely to be self-supported

iMac 21

Apple iMac 27"

  • 27" 5K display
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Intel i5 cpu
  • Keyboard and either trackpad or mouse

Key considerations:

  • While we try to offer support the lack of management of these devices does mean they are expected largely to be self-supported

iMac

Access to our Research Computing cluster

As well as providing a client computing system on the desktop in your office we also provide a cluster of additional computer power for researchers who may be doing more computationally-intensive tasks. If you wish to access this or would like to find out more, email us on help at wbs dot ac dot uk or visit https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/central/issu/help/forms/vmrequest