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MIT students, faculty, and staff interested in buying a computer or computer accessories may consult the IS&T Service Desk for needs analysis and computing pre-purchase support.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates

Benefits and key features

We make hardware recommendations based on the kind of work you do and the kind of portability you need. Our recommendations are grouped into desktops and laptops, and then organized by work needs to make it easy to find the right machine.

IS&T also provides more general guidelines for computer purchases as well as minimums that can help you evaluate the usefulness of an existing computer.

See our recommended Apple and Dell configurations.

Visit our showroom in building E17 to try out a selection of computers.


Certificates are required to access the eCAT online catalog.

Getting help

Contact us for help with buying a computer: