What to purchase

For help selecting the right computer for you, review these recommendations:

You can also contact your IT support team for help choosing equipment.

Consider purchasing other accessories when purchasing your main computer. Items such as noise-canceling headphones, spare power adapters, and external Bluetooth mice can make the computer more usable.

If you must purchase a non-standard device for specific research or multimedia needs, contact your IT support team before purchasing.

When to purchase

HMS IT regularly reviews computer recommendations based on vendor refresh cycles. Equipment offerings are reviewed yearly. To find the current replacement schedule, visit our article on hardware replacement lifecycles.

How to purchase

Harvard University offers educational pricing on computers and software to faculty and staff. Visit our resource on purchasing computer equipment at Harvard to learn more about your options.