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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 12 (Monterey) or later
- Windows 10
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
Recommended laptop specs:
- macOS 13 (Ventura) or later
- Windows 11 or newer
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB SSD or greater
Additional accessories may be beneficial:
- iPad with stylus
- External keyboard
- 20” or 24” external monitor
- Extended warranty (including accidental damage and spill coverage)
13-inch MacBook Air M2 - $999
8GB Unified Memory; 256GB SSD Storage
Good choice. Meets tech recommendations.
13-inch MacBook Air M2 - $1,299
8GB Unified Memory; 512GB SSD Storage
Better choice. Meets tech recommendations.
14-inch MacBook Pro M2 - $1,849
16GB Unified Memory; 512GB SSD Storage
Best choice. Exceeds tech recommendations.
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.
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
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.
Visit Reed's online Apple store to receive education pricing and have items shipped directly to you.