Recommended Desktops and Laptops

We are happy to assist affiliates with all steps of the hardware purchasing and ordering process. Types of hardware that we support include (but are not limited to) printers, desktop and laptop computers, handheld devices, and printers.

If you would like assistance with purchasing hardware of any type, please contact us.

We recommend Dell Optiplex desktop PCs with Windows 7 operating system. Optiplex systems are designed for use in a networked office environment. In our experience, we are satisfied with Dell's quality, price, and support. For Mac's as a desktop we recommend iMac or Mac Pro.

For laptop computers on the PC side, we recommend both Dell Latitude and IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad computers and on the mac side MacBookAir, MacBook Pro. Each offers a wide variety of laptops to fit your specific needs. Due to Harvard laptop security standards, all laptop computers are required to have Bitlocker full disk encryption installed or Filevault.

To accommodate the processing power required by the OS, we recommend new laptops be purchased with at least 4 GB of RAM, and an Intel i5 processor or greater.

For individuals planning on traveling abroad, special computing considerations may need to be considered. For more information, or to receive a customized recommendation on a computer purchase, please contact us.