UMass Boston

IT Computer Purchasing Guidelines

Departments purchasing a computer are advised to choose a device meeting the specs listed below. To accommodate periods of remote work, employees are very strongly urged to purchase laptops instead of desktops, which can be used to work from campus or from home. For productivity and ergonomic benefits, purchase a docking adapter to use a larger monitor, keyboard, and mouse instead of those built-in to your laptop.

Apple (MacBook)

  • Processor: M1 or latest
  • Memory/RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD
  • Operating system: macOS 12.0 or greater
  • Extended warranty is strongly recommended: AppleCare plus (4 years)

Windows (Laptop)

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Gen10 or equivalent
  • Memory/RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB SSD
  • Operating system: Windows 10 or greater
  • Extended warranty is strongly recommended: Prosupport Plus (4 years)

Dell laptops are highly recommended when purchasing Windows-based computers as we have a Dell-certified technician in house for repair services.

Printers

Office printers are centrally managed by Quinn Graphics. Please contact Quinn Graphics for all your office printing needs.

Need More Help?

If you need more help in selecting a computer, please contact us at our Getting Help page.

Information Technology Services
Healey Library, 3rd Floor
 617.287.5220
 ITServiceDesk@umb.edu