Current Computer Specifications

IT Replacement Cycle
We provide one IT replacement cycle computer per eligible postion. Senior Staff positions may have two IT replacement computers. We do not provide Windows operating system for Apple computers. Computers stay with the position and do not follow individual employees. The computer replacement cycle for eligible positions is every five years for desktops and four years for laptops and tablets. Early, out of cycle replacements not due to hardware failure will incur a cost of the value remaining on the computer. Monitor replacement cycles will differ depending on type of monitor. When a computer is replaced, the old computer must be returned to IT. Computer equipment is not available for resale purchase.

The links for configurations below are available to faculty and staff for requesting IT Replacement Cycle College-owned computers. Specifications are subject to change without notice, based on inventory and availability from suppliers.

You may also use the links below to request additional computer equipment using department, faculty, grant or other college funds. When purchasing computers that are in addition to IT replacement cycle computers, please make a note of that when making the request and include cost center information to cover the costs.

  • Our current standard laptop models have 512GB solid state (SSD) hard drives.
  • If you would like a desktop, another physical size computer, larger hard drive, upgraded processor, additional RAM or upgraded graphics card, use the link below closest to what you want and note the specifics when making the request. Upgrades will likely have additional charges. Due to supply chain issues, special order computers may have long lead and delivery times. Current lead times for new build computers are 45-90 business days.
  • If you want to request an alternate model or brand of computer please email AskIT @amherst.edu and we will work with you to identify a computer that suits your needs.

Please contact us, should you need assistance or if you have questions.

Due to security, software, and printing requirements, we may require Windows computers for some positions for the following Administrative deparments:
Admission, Advancement all groups, Career Exploration and Planning Loeb Center, Chief Finanical Officer, Controller, Dean of the Faculty, Design and Construction, Facilities, Fellowships, Financial Aid, Health Services, Institutional Research, Library, Office of Communication Athletics Communication, Office of Communication Conferences & Special Events, Police, Registrar, Rental Properties, and Student Affairs.

College Computer Request forms

Please use a link below to make your computer request.

Faculty must use the request forms to indicate their choice of Replacement Cycle computer. Replacement Cycle computers for staff are determined by their department based on their position and work requirements. Designated members of departments should submit the forms for their staff.

For questions about who may request computers for staff, computer details, pricing information, or if you want more information about any model please contact the IT Help Desk at 413-542-2526 or email AskIT@amherst.edu.


Windows Models | Macintosh Models | Optional Upgrades


Windows Models

All Windows models require and are provided with Windows 10 64-bit.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Laptop
Price: $1786
Request ThinkPad T14 laptop computer

  • Windows 10
  • Office 2019
  • 14-inch UHD (1920x1080), non-touch screen
  • i5 quad-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • Laptop sleeve case

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Laptop/Tablet 2-in-1
Price: $1747.10
Request ThinkPad X13 Yoga laptop/tablet 2-in-1 computer

  • Windows 10
  • Office 2019
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920x1080), touch screen
  • comes with a stylus
  • flips to use in tablet mode, screen does not detach from keyboard
  • i5 quad-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • Laptop sleeve case

Macintosh Models

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar - Laptop Computer
Price: $1,898.00
Request MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

  • 13-inch Retina display
  • 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 16 GB memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based SSD
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • USB-C Digital AV multiport Adapter
  • built-in webcam and microphone

Optional Accessories

If you request accessories beyond the standard offerings, you will need to make up the cost differrence out of departmental or startup funds.

Check with the IT Help Desk for (AskIT@amherst.edu, 413-542-2526) for product details and exact pricing.

  • Displays for Mac or Windows laptops and desktops:
    • 24-inch Lenovo display - currently not available due to pandemic related computer equipment shortages
    • 27-inch Lenovo display - no charge for single display with laptop.
      As additional monitor $335
      As monitor for Lenovo desktop or Mac Mini desktop $335
      Dual monitors are not available for 27-inch Lenovo display.
    • upgrade - 27-inch Apple only LG Ultrafine 5K display, requires special order, quote will be provided
      currently 6-12 week lead times due to pandemic related computer equipment shortages
    • upgrade - 32-inch Apple only Pro Display XDR, requires special order, quote will be provided
    • upgrade - 34-inch ViewSonic display $712, may require special order
      if special ordered, likely long lead times due to pandemic related computer equipment shortages
  • Windows laptops only
    • set of Lenovo wireless mouse and keyboard $59.99
    • USB 3.0 powered multiport hub $40
  • Mac notebooks only:
    • wireless mouse $79, wireless Magic Trackpad $129
    • wireless keyboard $99, wireless keyboard with numeric keypad $129
    • USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter $34.95
    • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (HDMI, USB-A, USB-C) $69
    • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (VGA, USB-A, USB-C) $69
    • Power Adapter $88
    • number pad stickers $30, requires Magic Trackpad above
    • external USB Read/Write DVD drive $30 
    • DVD drives are not included in any laptop or notebook models.
      (External DVD drives are available for short-term loan from IT Multimedia Services, 
      Room 110 first floor Seeley Mudd Building.)

Options and Upgrades

Every year, IT purchases computers in volume in anticipation of the replacement cycle computers. This allows the College to leverage its purchasing power. The configuration for the computers included in the volume purchase, listed above, are excellent and at or above industry standard for today's computing requirements.

We will need to procure a new computer from the manufacturer for any of the optional upgrades listed below, so departmental, research, startup funds or outside grants would be needed to cover the entire cost of the purchase as this would be an additional purchase for the College within the fiscal year, and the cost will be significantly more than the cost paid during the volume purchase. Any upgrades require a new purchase since the computers in stock cannot be upgraded. Many internal components in modern computers now are soldered into the motherboard.

Due to the pandemic which has led to global manufacturing issues, component shortages, and shipping delays, special order upgraded computers may have very long lead times of 3-4 months or may not be available.

Computer equipment purchased with faculty Startup funds becomes part of the IT replacement cycle. When due for replacement the equipment then will be replaced for the equivalent specs and costs at that time will be covered fully through IT.

Please allows 45-90 business days for delivery of a custom computer. Delivery times are affected depending on the time of the year and manufacturing delays from suppliers and currently there is a global computer ship shortage combined with container ship slow downs causing very long manufacturing delays and shipping delays.

  • hard drive upgrade $210-500, depending on specifications
  • memory upgrade $180-350, depending on specifications
  • processor upgrade $180-2000, depending on specifications, and for Lenovo requires a different model laptop
  • graphics card upgrade, price varies, and for Lenovo requires a different model laptop
  • other computer models for specific academic, research or business needs - example humidity proof field work laptops, ruggedized laptops for emergency responders or police, high end workstations, and specific hardware for research or science laboratory needs