Information Technology

Getting Equipment

If you have questions that aren't covered below, contact computer-purchase@reed.edu or 503-777-7253.

Students

Every student should have a laptop with a currently supported operating system, capable of running Microsoft Office, modern web browsers, and Zoom. A majority of the Reed community chooses to use Apple computers, but Windows and Linux systems will also work.

Minimum and Recommended Specifications

The following Mac or Windows specifications should be sufficient for most students:

Minimum laptop specs:

  • macOS 13 (Ventura) or later
  • Windows 10
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Recommended laptop specs:

  • macOS 14 (Sonoma) or later
  • Windows 11 or newer
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD or greater

Additional accessories may be beneficial:

  • Webcam
  • iPad with stylus
  • External keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Headphones
  • 20” or 24” external monitor
  • Extended warranty (including accidental damage and spill coverage)

Recommended Systems

We recommend a minimum of 16GB memory. The amount of storage will vary by usage. Consider upgrading to 512GB storage if you anticipate storing large media files such as photos and videos.

13-inch MacBook Air M3 - $1,199
16GB Unified Memory; 256GB SSD Storage
Good choice. Meets tech recommendations.

13-inch MacBook Air M3 - $1,399
16GB Unified Memory; 512GB SSD Storage
Better choice. Meets tech recommendations.

14-inch MacBook Pro M3 - $1,699
16GB Unified Memory; 512GB SSD Storage
Best choice: Meets tech recommendations.

Purchasing

Apple computers, iPads, and accessories can be purchased through Reed's online Apple store. Receive education pricing and have items shipped directly to you.

Dell computers with Windows 10 or newer work well on the campus network. Visit Dell’s Student Deals to review Inspiron or XPS options.

The Reed Emergency Fund may be available for students experiencing urgent or unexpected technology needs.

Borrowing

The Instructional Media Center (IMC) in the Library offers short-term loans of equipment including laptops, iPads, projectors, digital cameras, portable audio recorders, speakers, and more.

The Student Technology Equipment Program (STEP) makes technology available to students in need. For a non-refundable program fee of $50, a laptop computer can be borrowed for the duration of an academic year.

Faculty & Staff

Institutional Purchases

Faculty and staff who need computing equipment to support their college work may request it through the Computer Equipment Replacement process.

Equipment or accessories costing less than $500 should be purchased through your departmental supplies budget.

Personal Purchases

Visit Reed's online Apple store to receive education pricing and have items shipped directly to you.