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 by CIS, 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
    • Apple: After consulting with your departmental computing staff, computers can be ordered from the Brown Bookstore Technology Center
    • Dell:  Your departmental computing staff can create an eQuote with Dell, which your department's financial coordinator can approve in Workday (Biomed departments should contact Biomed Computer Services to make purchases). Some Dell machines can also be purchased at the Brown Bookstore Technology Center, inventory and models will vary. The best pricing is available on Brown's recommended models.