Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Additional Hardware Recommendations

In addition to the SCS Computing Facilities (SCSCF) recommended system configurations, we have compiled a helpful list of additional equipment and commonly requested accessories. While our purchasing office is happy to help with ordering any computing equipment you may need, we have linked to the campus computer store whenever possible for your convenience and ease of procurement (as they will accept CMU internal oracle (budget) strings).

Please note that these are general equipment and accessory recommendations. Pricing presented is estimated (with CMU/educational discounts) and may change at any time. If you have any questions, contact us.

Recommended Accessories

Displays

Dell Ultrasharp U2415Dell-Ultrasharp-U2415.jpg

  • 24.1" Size
  • IPS (In-Plane Switching)
  • 1920 x 1200 Resolution
  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • Matte Finish
  • 60 Hz Refresh Rate
  • 2 x HDMI Ports, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x Mini Display
  • USB capable
  • May require additional adapters depending on computer video output ports.

Dell Ultrasharp U2415 Estimated Price: $279.99

LG UltraFine 5K Displaylg-ultrafine-5k.jpeg

  • 27" Size
  • IPS (In-Plane Switching)
  • 5120 x 2880 Resolution
  • 16:9 Aspect ratio
  • Anti-glare 2H
  • 48-60 Hz refresh rate
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 upstream, 3x USB Type-C downstream
  • Built-in USB camera
  • Built-in USB microphone
  • May require additional adapters depending on computer video output ports. 

 LG UltraFine 5K Display Estimated Price: $1299.95

  

Docking Solutions

Dell Universal Dock D6000dell-universal-d6000.png

  • USB 3 .0 Type-A (Via USB Type-C to USB Type-A converter)
  • USB Type-C (Supports power delivery up to 65W)
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A (front, PowerShare)
  • 1 x USB Type-C (front, Data only, and PowerShare)
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 2 x DisplayPort
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Combo Audio (Headphone/Mic)
  • Audio Line out
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Dell Business Thunderbolt Dock - TB16dell-thunderbolt-tb16.png

  • 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type A
  • 3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - 9 pin USB Type A
  • 1 x display / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A
  • 1 x display / video - DisplayPort - 20 pin DisplayPort
  • 1 x network - RJ-45
  • 1 x headset - output - mini-phone 3.5 mm
  • 1 x speakers - output - mini-phone 3.5 mm
  • 1 x video - VGA - 15 pin D-Sub (DB-15)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 - Thunderbolt - 24 pin USB-C
  • 1 x display / video - DisplayPort - Mini DisplayPort
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Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Docklenovo-tb-dock.png

  • 2 x DP
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x VGA
  • 5 x USB 3.0 (1x always-on USB charging)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port (USB-C, provides 5V, 3A power)
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x Stereo/Mic Combo Port
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Thinkpad USB-C Docklenovo-usbc-dock.png

  • 2 x DP
  • 1 x VGA
  • 3 x USB 3.0 – 1 provides always-on mobile device charging
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x USB-C (data only, provides 5V, 3A power)
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x Stereo/Mic Combo Port
  • 1 x Security Lock Slot
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Adapters

Contact us for current pricing on all accessories

IOGEAR HDMI to VGA Adapter with Audioiogear-hdmi-vga.png

  • Converts an HDMI output to a VGA output with audio support
  • Works with Apple TV, Roku, Blu-ray players, other media players and laptops / computers with HDMI output
  • Supports analog video output up to UXGA and 1080p resolution
  • 3.5mm stereo output
  • HDCP Compliant 

Cable Matters USB C Multiport Adapter (USB-C Dock w HDMI 4K)-cablematters-usbc-4k.png

  • USB-C Power Delivery for Host Charging
  • Gigabit Ethernet Network
  • HDMI
  • 2 x USB 3.0 

Cable Matters USB-C to VGA Adapter (USB-C to VGA Adapter)cablematters-usbc-vga.png

  • Full HD video resolution support up to 1920 x 1200
  • Connect to a projector for a presentation
  • Classroom or conference room companion
  • Audio must be transmitted separately
  • Adapter does not support HDCP for viewing copy protected video

Plugable Active DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter (up to 4K)plugable-active-dp-hdmi.jpg

  • Active adapter enables you to connect a DisplayPort video output from your laptop, desktop, or tablet PC to HDMI-equiped displays, TVs, and projectors
  • Supports resolutions up to 3840×2160 (4k) Ultra-HD@60Hz. 1080p displays supported at 120Hz
  • VESA (DisplayPort) certified to ensure maximum compatibility and performance
  • Compliant with VESA Dual-Mode DisplayPort 1.2, High Bit Rate 2 (HBR2), and HDMI 2.0 standards
  • Compatible with the Plugable UGA-4KDP USB 3.0 DisplayPort graphics adapter
  • AMD Eyefinity compatible for 3+ displays
  • Supports 8-channel LPCM and HBR audio up to 192kHz sample rate
  • Complies with HDCP content protection
  • Requires no driver installation or external power supply

 Note: When pricing is not available it may change often or require a price quote. Contact us with any questions or comments.