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Given certain circumstances, such as COVID-19, students or faculty may not be able to access campus technology amenities for health and/or safety reasons. For this reason, it is recommend but not necessary for students to acquire a computer monitor, webcam, and headset (along with keyboard and mouse if need be) in order to heighten students' technology experiences on or off the campus.

Recommended Equipment Sets

Below you will find three sets for each product: Basic, Above-Average, and High-End; each one rising in quality moving from basic to the more expensive higher-end equipment.  Products in each category will produce similar results with comparable specifications and price points, leaving the ultimate decision to the purchaser. Within each category, we have included an example product which correlates to the price point/desired specifications (whether basic, high-end, etc.).

(*NOTE: You do not need to purchase any specific product from this page. Feel free to find another product with similar specs to meet your needs.)

Additionally, the products can be mixed and match between tiers (Basic Camera, but High-End Monitor is perfectly acceptable). Lastly, if the student already has a computer setup or does not wish to purchase one, it is highly recommended to purchase one of the High-End headsets for off campus and possible on campus uses.

Monitors

Why should you consider this upgrade? - Introducing a second screen will increase productivity for everyday tasks. More visible windows allow for quicker action for the user.

Basic

Minimal specifications include: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz, 21.5 inch screen, LED-backlit LCD monitor, 1 HDMI 1.4 port, and 1 VGA

Above-Average

Minimal specifications include: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz, 23.8 inch screen, 1 HDMI 1.4 port, and 1 VGA

High-End

Minimal specifications include: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz, 24 inch screen, LED-backlit LCD monitor, 1 HDMI 1.4 port, 1 DisplayPort(in), DisplayPort(out), 1 USB Type-C port, 2 USB 2.0 downstream ports, and 2 USB 3.0 downstream ports

Cameras

Why should you consider this upgrade? - Higher quality video feed. Camera upgrades also allow for proper angling/positioning of the camera on you, as well as higher FPS alongside resolution upgrades. 

Basic

Minimal specifications include: 720p/30fps, standard lens technology, fixed focus, mono built-in mic, 60 degrees FoV, and an universal clip

Above-Average

Minimal specifications include: 1080p/30fps - 720p/30fps, standard lens technology, auto focus, stereo built-in mic, 60 degrees FoV, and an universal clip

High-End

Minimal specifications include: Full HD 1080p/30fps - 720p/30fps, H.264 video compression, standard lens technology, auto focus, 2 omni-directional built-in mics, 90 degrees FoV, 4x zoom in 1080p, rightlight 2 technology for clarity in various lighting environments, optional camera settings application for control (pan, tilt, and zoom), external privacy shutter, and an universal clip

Headsets

Why should you consider this upgrade? - Default microphones in laptops can be finicky. A headset upgrade will guarantee higher quality audio for both input/output. Another thing to consider is your classmates/peers, who will appreciate the lack of background noise which normally accompanies a laptop microphone. 

Basic

Minimal specifications include: 

Above-Average

Minimal specifications include:  32 ohms input impedance, 94dBV/Pa +/- 3 dB headphone sensitivity, -17dBV/Pa +/- 4 dB microphone sensitivity, 20 Hz - 20 kHz headset frequency response,  and 100 Hz - 10 kHz microphone frequency response

High-End

Minimal specifications include:  32 ohms input impedance, 97dBV/Pa +/- 3 dB headphone sensitivity, -47dBV/Pa +/- 3 dB microphone sensitivity, 30 Hz - 15 kHz headset frequency response,  and 100 Hz - 6.5 kHz microphone frequency response


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