IT Services

Current Computer Specifications

IT Replacement Cycle
The computer replacement cycle for eligible positions is typically 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.

  • Our current standard laptop or notebook models both have solid state hard drives.
  • For any laptop or notebook , you may request a 22-inch monitor, keyboard and mouse. Larger displays will require contribution of startup or research and travel funds (Faculty) or department contribution (Facult or Staff) at the department's discretion.

College Computer Request forms

After you review the information about the various models, upgrades and accessories available, please submit the respective form for the computer you would like to request using the links below.

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. Desigated members of departments should submit the forms for their staff.

For details, pricing information, or if you want more information about any model please contact the IT Help Desk at 413-542-2526, email AskIT@amherst.edu or submit an online help request.


Windows Models | Macintosh Models | Optional Accessories | Optional Upgrades


Windows Models

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

Windows all-in-one desktop includes computer and display in one device: 
Dell Optiplex 9030 Price: $1279.03
Request Dell Optiplex 9030 Windows Desktop all-in-one computer

  • 23-inch Dell HD display
  • 3.20 GHz i7-4790S processor
  • 8 GB memory
  • 1 TB SATA hard drive
  • AMD graphics with 2GB memory
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Read/Write DVD drive

Windows laptop: 
Dell Latitude 7440 Price: $1695
Request Dell Latitude 7440 Windows Laptop computer

  • 14-inch screen
  • 2.1 GHz i7-4600U 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 slip case

Macintosh Models

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

Mac all-in-one desktop includes computer and display in one device:
iMac $1698
Request iMac 21.5-inch display Mac Desktop all-in-one computer

  • 21.5-inch display
  • 3.1 turbo to 3.9 GHz i7 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 notebook: 
MacBook Pro $1910
Request Macbook Pro 13-inch Mac Notebook computer

  • 13-inch Retina display
  • 3.1 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

If you want upgrades or accessories beyond the standard offerings, you will be required 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.

  • for Mac notebook or Windows laptop - single 22-inch Dell monitor -  no charge;
    additional matching size monitor $280-300
    dual monitors with a Windows laptop also will require a docking station at $146.73
    we do not offer dual monitors for a Mac notebook
  • for Mac notebook or Windows laptop – 24-inch Ultrasharp Dell monitor - $326.81
    dual monitors with a Windows laptop also will require a docking station at $146.73
    we do not offer dual monitors for a Mac notebook
  • for Mac notebooks only - Apple Thunderbolt 27-inch display - $1100.
    We do not offer dual Thunderbolt displays, these are limited to a single display.
    If you require a docking station type set up for a Mac we recommend the Thunderbolt display.
  • for Windows laptops only - docking station $146.73 charge
    We do not support the use of third-party Mac docking station solutions, instead use a Thunderbolt display to provide docking functions, see above.
  • for laptops or notebooks - wireless mouse/keyboard $70 each
  • for Mac notebooks only - Bluetooth wireless headset $70
  • for Mac notebooks only - wireless Magic Trackpad $70 each
  • for Mac notebooks only - number pad stickers, requires also Magic Trackpad see above $30
  • for any laptop or notebook - USB wired headset - $30 charge
  • for any laptop or notebook or the iMac desktop - USB DVD drive $30 charge
    The iMac desktop and both the Mac notebooks and Windows laptops do not come with a DVD drive. (External DVD drives are available for short-term loan from IT Multimedia Services,
    Room 110 first floor Seeley Mudd Building.)

 Optional Upgrades

  • hard disk upgrade $210-500 depending on specifications
  • larger display or laptop or notebook size upgrade $200-500 depending on size
  • memory upgrade $180-350 depending on specifications
  • processor upgrade $180-1500 depending on specifications
  • for Mac or Windows desktops - solid state hard drive upgrade (both laptop models come with this)
  • 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