The IS&T Help Desk provides needs analysis and computing pre-purchase support for MIT students, faculty, and staff interested in buying a computer or computer accessories.
We can make recommendations based on the kind of work you do and the kind of portability you need. Our recommendations are grouped into desktops, laptops, and tablets 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.
Recommended system configurations are available for following:
Visit our showroom in building E17 to try out a selection of computers.
Certificates are required to access the eCAT online catalog.
You can purchase your Apple and Dell computer on the web via eCAT. From their front page, click Personal Purchase to use your own credit card, otherwise click Departmental Purchase to use an MIT requisition.
Contact us for help with buying a computer:
In person: Building E17
40 Ames Street
Phone: 617-253-1101 (x3-1101)