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. Please review the linked KB article for more information on the new chipsets and bundles.
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-inch and E5580 15.6-inch 5000-series mainstream laptops start at $779 with 8GB RAM and 500GB HDD
- Latitude E7280 12.5-inch and E7480 14-inch 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 do 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.