Updates on Dell Computer Bundles

This is a notice regarding a change to the UW-Madison Preferred systems, aka standard configuration bundles, available from Dell through Shop@UW.

Dell has announced one significant change to UW-Madison Preferred systems, aka standard configuration bundles, available from Dell through Shop@UW. Intel's new Kaby Lake chipsets, which the new bundles are based on, only support Windows 10+. Prior generation bundles will continue to be available for the time being for those departments that require Windows 7 and 8, but it is unknown how much longer those systems will be in production and available.

Latitude Exx80 series Laptop Bundles:

The new Latitude Exx80 series Laptop Bundles with the new Kaby Lake (7th generation) chipset requires Windows 10+ and will not support Windows 7 and 8.

  • Latitude E5480 14” and E5580 15.6” 5000-series mainstream laptops start at $779 with 8GB RAM and 500GB HDD
  • Latitude E7280 12.5” and E7480 14” 7000-series Ultrabook laptops start at $949 with 8GB RAM and 128GB M.2 drive
  • Configurable options are available on all systems including additional RAM, solid-state drives up to 512GB, and higher resolution display upgrades
New docking solutions for the new, thinner and lighter Exx80 series Latitude laptops are available. The new laptops eliminated the E-port docking slots and no longer support the E-port docks and port replicators. Details for the following three new Dell docks are available on the Shop@UW Dell Premier site:
  • WD15 dock
  • DS1000 dock with monitor stand
  • TB16 Thunderbolt dock
The prior generation Latitude Exx70 series, which support Windows 7 and 8, are expected to continue to be available via Shop@UW until supplies run out, which could be as soon as late summer.

Optiplex 7050 Desktop Bundles

The new Optiplex 7050 series will initially be available with only the Kaby Lake (7th generation) processors and only supporting Windows 10+.

  • Optiplex 7050s start at $579 with 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD standard, and in three form factors: micro, small form factor, and minitower
  • Configurable options are available on all systems including additional RAM and solid-state drives up to 512GB
For those that have not migrated to Windows 10 yet, the Optiplex 7050s will soon be available with the prior 6th generation Skylake processors that does support Windows 7 and 8. The Shop@UW Dell site will clearly label the OS compatibility and separate the systems. The prior generation Windows 7 and 8 compatible Optiplex 7040 systems will continue to be available until supplies run out.

The Shop@UW Dell premier site will have many systems visible on the page while both generations of systems are available. The newest, Windows 10-only systems should appear at the top of the page. It may be helpful to click the View All button to see all systems available, especially if you are looking for the older models. As always, Dell’s full catalog is available under the Shop button in the blue banner at the top of the page should you find that the standard configurations do not meet your needs.

As has been posted previously, the goal of the strategic purchasing initiative is to achieve savings by identifying standardized products that will meet the needs of most users. We understand that individual requirements may vary, and business processes are still in place to support purchase of non-preferred products. As IT professionals, your input is valued, whether it be used to help identify the technical configurations used for the preferred products going forward, or to determine when non-preferred products are appropriate for some of the users you support. We do believe that the pricing and configurations of the new Dell preferred bundles, combined with a streamlined purchasing process, provide good benefits to most departments. 

If you have feedback for the technical group that is working to establish the configurations for these products, please send it directly to bundles-tag@lists.wisc.edu .

Keywords:Preferred systems dell standard configuration bundles laptop latitude optiplex kaby lake chipset windows docking   Doc ID:72440
Owner:Warren R.Group:DoIT Tech Store
Created:2017-04-10 06:56 CDTUpdated:2017-04-11 09:22 CDT
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