Computer Recommendations

University-Owned Computers (Faculty and Staff)

Radford University currently standardizes on Lenovo and Apple mobile and desktop computers.    Recommended models and some key features of each are listed below.   

PC Mobile Options - Lenovo

Model ThinkPad Yoga ThinkPad T450s Laptop
Processor Intel Core i7-5600U 
Intel Core i7-5600U
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State
256GB Solid State
Wireless Card Intel 7265 AGN Intel 7265 AGN
Video Card Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Battery 6-cell 6-cell
Screen 12.5" HD TouchScreen 14" HD TouchScreen
Card Reader 3 in 1 4 in 1
Weight 3.5 lbs 3.5 lbs
LCD Camera Yes Yes
Est. Base Price w/Warranty* $1,579 $1,470
Optional Docking Station $150 $150
Optional Optical Drive $50 $50
Additional Power Cord $40 $40
PC Desktop Options - Lenovo
Model M93z TouchScreen All-in-One
Processor Intel Core i-5
Hard Drive 500GB + 8GB Hybrid Hard Drive
Optical Drive DVDRW
Video Card Integrated Video Card
WiFi Wireless Combo Adapter
Speakers Internal
Monitor 23" Multi-touch
Est. Base Price w/Warranty*
Apple Options
Model MacBook Pro 13" with Retina
iMac 21.5" Desktop
Processor Intel Dual-core i5 (2.7GHz)
Intel Quad-Core i5 (2.7 GHz)
Hard Drive 256GB Flash 1 TB
Optical Drive none
Wireless Card yes yes
Video Card Iris Graphics
Iris Pro Graphics
Battery 9 hours NA
Screen size 13" 21.5"
Keyboard yes wired with numeric keypad
Mouse Track Pad wired
Est. Base Price*
$1,382 $1,368
VGA Adapter Add $29 NA
Ethernet Adapter Add $29 NA
Optical Drive Add $79 Add $79
Universal Docking Station Add $150  
* Contact Academic Technologies at or call 831-7521 to request a current quote.

Purchasing Tips for Departments

Once a computer quote has been obtained, departments can enter a purchase request in eVA.  Note:  Computers should not be purchased with University credit cards. 

When entering the order data in eVA:

  • Select the appropriate Supplier Code:
    • For Lenovo orders, use TIN #522449153 
    • For Apple orders, use TIN #942404110
  • Select an appropriate Commodity Code for computers:
    • For desktop computers, use code 20453
    • For mobile computers, use code 20454  
  • Enter the appropriate Contract Number in the Contract No. field.
    • For Lenovo orders, the current Contract No. is VA 140331-LEN
    • For Apple orders, the current Contract No. is VA-100706-APPL
  • List each item on a separate line, and indiciate each item's part number in the Part Number field. 
  • Reference the quote number in the description and attach a copy of the quote to the PR
  • Indicate on the PR that items are to be shipped to the Campus Warehouse. 
  • Upon delivery to the Warehouse, the department will be notified to receive the items in eVA.
  • DoIT staff will image the computer, install software, and make delivery to the department. 

Contact Academic Technologies at or phone 831-7521 with questions.