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 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 an account number to cover the costs.

  • Our current standard laptop models have 512GB solid state (SSD) hard drives.
  • If you would like 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.
  • 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, Center for International Student Engagement, 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 as of July 2017 require and are provided with Windows 10 64-bit.

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 or T495 Laptop
Price: $999
Request ThinkPad T490 or T495 laptop computer

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

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 or X395 Yoga Laptop/Tablet 2-in-1
Price: $1158
Request ThinkPad X390 or X395 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: $1,967.00
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 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 well 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, or startup funds need 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 can no longer be upgraded since they are soldered into the motherboard.

A computer that is part of the replacement cycle and has specs beyond the standard specs when due for replacement then will be replaced for the equivalent specs and costs at that time will be covered fully through IT.

Please allows 2-3 weeks for delivery of a custom computer. Delivery times are affected depending on the time of the year and unexpected delays from suppliers.

  • hard drive upgrade $210-500, depending on specifications
  • memory upgrade $180-350, depending on specifications
  • processor upgrade $180-1500, depending on specifications, for Lenovo requires a different model laptop
  • graphics card upgrade, price varies, 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, specific hardware for research or science laboratory needs