How to Purchase a Computer or Printer

Computer purchasing within the Biomed Division is handled by the Biomed Computer Services Office (CSO).  CSO provides end-to-end support for the process, from initial consultation through ordering and delivery to final setup.  To begin the process, just contact the CSO at biomed_cso@brown.edu or call 863-2464. Please do not purchase computers and printers directly. 

Brown supports Apple and Dell computers, and Hewlett Packard printers. These are the only brands we will purchase unless very specific technical requirements require something different.  For example, if a computer is used to control a piece of lab equipment and the equipment's vendor will only support a different computer brand, that would justify an exception to this policy.

Supported computer and printer configurations are as follows:

Apple

Any Macintosh

Dell

Please note that we only purchase and support institutional Dell computers, such as Optiplex desktops and Latitude laptops.  We do not purchase consumer models such as Inspiron and XPS except when they have special characteristics (such as an unusual screen size) that are not available in an institutional model.

Brown Standard Configurations

OptiPlex 5050 Desktop

The Optiplex Desktop is available in the following "form factors":

  • Small Form Factor
  • Mini Tower

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • 22-inch widescreen monitor

Base Price: $900

Latitude E5480 laptop

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 Enterprise

Base Price: $1205

Latitude E7480 laptop (Ultra-book)

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • Windows 10 Enterprise

Base Price: $1350

Hewlett Packard Printers

We support most HP Laserjet printers and multi-function devices.  We do not support inkjet models such as HP Officejets.    Click here for a list of our most popular models.