IT Services

Current Specifications

IT Replacement Cycle
The computer replacement cycle for eligible positions is every four years. Monitor replacement cycles will differ depending on type of monitor.

These are the current configurations made available to faculty and staff for IT Replacement Cycle College-owned computers and accessories.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

New for Spring 2014

  • our current standard laptop models both have solid state hard drives
  • for any laptop, you may request a 21-inch monitor, keyboard and mouse

College Computer Request form

After you review the information about the various models, upgrades and accessories available, please submit the College Computer Request form.

Faculty must use the College Computer Request form 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.

Faculty and staff may also use the form to order other computers, upgrades and perhipherals that will be paid for with departmental or startup funds, grants, or other funding sources.

If you're not sure or want more information about any model or have any questions please contact the IT Help Desk at 413-542-2526, email helpdesk@amherst.edu or submit an online help request. For details, pricing information or questions, please contact Marlene Merzbach directly (mcmerzbach@amherst.edu, 413-542-2578).

Note: If you want features or accessories beyond the standard offerings you will be required to make up the cost differrence out of departmental, research, or startup funds. Accessories and upgrades are not automatically replaced by IT.


Windows Models | Macintosh Models | Optional Accessories | Optional Upgrades | College Computer Request Form


Windows Models

All Windows models come with 64-bit Windows 7 operating system.

Windows all-in-one desktop: Dell Optiplex 9020 

  • 23-inch Dell HD
  • 3.10 GHz i5 processor
  • 8 GB memory
  • 1 TB SATA hard drive
  • AMD graphics with 2GB memory
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • DVD drive

Windows laptop: Dell Latitude 7440

  • 14-inch
  • 1.9 GHz i5 processor
  • 8 GB memory
  • 256 GB Flash hard drive
  • Integrated HD 4400 graphics
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • HDMI to DVI adaptor
  • laptop protective sleeve

Macintosh Models

All Macintosh models come with Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks operating system.

Mac all-in-one desktop: iMac

  • 21.5-inch display
  • 2.9 turbo to 3.6 GHz i5 quad-core processor
  • 8 GB memory
  • 1 TB ATA hard drive
  • AMD Radeon graphics with 2GB memory
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • wireless keyboard and mouse
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth

Mac laptop: MacBook Pro

  • 13-inch i5 Retina display
  • 2.3 GHz i7 processor
  • 8 GB memory
  • 256 GB Flash hard drive
  • 2560x1601 graphics
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Thunderbolt to DVI video adaptor
  • Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • laptop protective sleeve

Optional Accessories

Check with Marlene Merzbach (mcmerzbach @amherst.edu, 413-542-2578) for product details and pricing.

  • for Mac or Windows laptop 21-inch display, wired keyboard and mouse
  • for any laptop - docking station
  • for any laptop - carrying case
  • Bluetooth wireless mouse/keyboard
  • Bluetooth wireless headset
  • USB DVD drive - the iMac desktop, Mac and Windows laptops do not come with a DVD drive. (External DVD drives are also available for short-term loan from IT Multimedia Services, Room 110 first floor Seeley Mudd Building.)

 Optional Upgrades

Check with Marlene Merzbach (mcmerzbach @amherst.edu, 413-542-2578) for product details and pricing.

  • hard disk upgrade
  • larger display
  • memory upgrade
  • processor upgrade
  • for Mac or Windows desktops - solid state hard drive (both laptop models come with this)
  • other computer models

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