Guide: Buying a Computer

Recommended Configurations

Image of students using laptopsBefore buying a computer or printer, or to determine whether your current computer meets the minimum requirements to be supported at Brown, please review:

Personal Purchases: Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Brown University Purchases: Faculty and Staff

If you are administrative staff working in an academic department, consult with your Information Technology Support Consultant (ITSC) or Departmental Computing Coordinator (DCC) about the solution that is best for you.

  • Computers and tablets
    • Apple: After consulting with your departmental computing staff*, computers can be ordered with a department IPR from the Brown Bookstore Technology Center.
    • Dell:  Dell is Brown's preferred PC vendor for strategic pricing and full support on campus. Your departmental computing staff* can create an eQuote with Dell, which can then be purchased by your department's financial coordinator in Workday. The best pricing is available on Brown's recommended models.
  • Printers

* IT Support Consultant (ITSC), or Department Computing Coordinator (DCC)