Current Computer 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. When a computer is replaced, the old computer must be returned. Computer equipment is not available for purchase.

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

  • Our current standard notebook models have solid state hard drives, as well as the iMac. The Dell All-in-One is configured with a 1TB SSD hybrid drive.
  • For any notebook, you may request a desktop monitor, keyboard and mouse. Displays larger than 24-inches will require contribution of startup or research and travel funds (Faculty) or department contribution (Facult or Staff), at the department's discretion.

Computer Selection Guide

Computer Selection Guide

You may use our computer selection guide to help determine which type of computer you would like to request. Feel free to contact us, should you need any assistance or if you have any questions.

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 or email AskIT@amherst.edu.


Windows Models | Macintosh Models | Optional Accessories | Optional Upgrades


Windows Models

All Windows models as of July 2016 require and are provided with Windows 10 64-bit.

Dell Optiplex 7440 - all-in-one desktop computer and display in one device
Price: $993.14
Request Dell Optiplex 7440 all-in-one Windows desktop computer and display

  • Windows 10
  • 23.8-inch Dell FHD display
  • i7 3.4 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 1 TB SSD Hybrid hard drive
  • Integrated Graphics
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Read/Write DVD drive

Dell Latitude 7470 - Laptop Computer
Price: $1,361.96
Request Dell Latitude 7470 Windows Laptop computer

  • Windows 10
  • 14-inch FHD (1920x1080), non-touch, LCD screen
  • i7 2.6 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 256 GB SSD
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Mini-display port to VGA video adapter
  • Laptop slip case

Dell XPS 13 - Laptop Computer
Price: $1,960.00
Request XPS 13 Windows Laptop computer

  • Windows 10
  • 13.3-inch touch screen
  • i7 3.20 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB memory - max memory amount available
  • 512 GB SSD
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Mini-displayport to VGA video adapter
  • Ethernet adapter
  • Laptop slip case

Macintosh Models

Mac all-in-one desktop includes computer and display in one device:
iMac 27-inch - Desktop Computer
Price: $2,053.00 
Request iMac 27-inch display Mac Desktop all-in-one computer

  • 27-inch display
  • i7 3.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 256 Flash Storage
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 M390 w/2GB
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • wireless keyboard and mouse
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth

MacBook Pro - Laptop Computer
Price: $2,005.00
Request MacBook Pro 13-inch Mac Notebook computer

  • 13-inch Retina display
  • i7 3.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB memory
  • 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Thunderbolt to VGA video adapter
  • Thunderbolt to DVI video adapter
  • Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • laptop slip case

MacBook Air - Laptop Computer
Price: $1,580.00
Request MacBook Air 13-inch Mac Notebook computer

  • 13-inch display (1440x900 native resolution)
  • i7 3.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8 GB memory - max memory amount available
  • 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • backlit keyboard
  • built-in wireless and Bluetooth
  • Thunderbolt to VGA video adapter
  • Thunderbolt to DVI video adapter
  • Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter
  • built-in webcam and microphone
  • laptop slip case

Optional Accessories

If you want upgrades or 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 notebook or Windows laptop:
    • 24-inch Dell display - no charge for single display.
      Additional matching size monitor $222
      Dual monitors with a Windows laptop also will require a docking station. See prices below.
      Dual monitors are not available for Mac laptops.
    • 34-inch Dell Ultrasharp Curved monitor - $581.
  • for Windows laptops only - docking station
    Latitude 7470 docking station $165 charge
    XPS 13 USB 3 docking station $130 charge (note: does not power the computer)
  • for Windows laptops only - set of Dell wireless mouse and keyboard $70
  • for Windows laptops only - wireless number pad $39
  • for Mac notebooks only - wireless mouse $79, wireless keyboard $99, wireless Magic Trackpad $79
  • for Mac notebooks only - number pad stickers $30, requires Magic Trackpad above
  • for Mac notebooks only - wireless headset for voice input $70
  • for any laptop or notebook - USB wired headset for voice input - $30
  • for any laptop or notebook or the iMac desktop - external USB Read/Write DVD drive $30
    DVD drives are not included in models after July 2016.
    (External DVD drives are available for short-term loan from IT Multimedia Services,
    Room 110 first floor Seeley Mudd Building.)

Optional Upgrades

We likely will need to procure a new computer from the manufacturer for the optional upgrades listed below, so delivery times will be affected.

  • hard disk upgrade $210-500, depending on specifications
  • 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 and the iMac already include non-mechanical drives)
  • 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