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This page provides configuration and pricing information for HLS standard computers and peripherals. If you feel you have special needs that require customization, we would be happy to consult with you to determine a configuration tailored to those needs. Any hardware request outside of our standards will require ITS approval. Unless there is a specific need, we provide the HLS standard configuration laptop as our HLS standard computer.

ITS certifies all new computer hardware and operating systems before updating the equipment standards for faculty and staff. Further information and updates on the certification of new hardware and software is available here.

Each computer is part of a package. Contact the ITS Service Desk at 617-495-0722 or by submitting a ticket via the HLS Administrative Services Hub to discuss your package.

If you would like to purchase a computer or peripherals for personal or home use, please visit AppleDell and CDWG to get academic pricing.

Windows-based Computers

Lenovo X1 Carbon G8 Laptop (HLS Standard)

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Quad-core, 1.6GHz
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Display: 14” Anti-glare
  • Battery: Up to 18 hours
  • Weight: 2.6lbs
  • Energy Rating: EPEAT Gold; ENERGY STAR 8.0; TCO Certified; RoHS-compliant

Dell OptiPlex 7070 MFF Desktop (HLS shared workstation or kiosk)

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Six-core, 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Opticals: 8X DVD+/-RW
  • Energy Rating: Energy Star 6.1

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7 is only available to faculty

  • Processor: Intel Core i5, 1.1GHz
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Display: 12.3in 2736 x 1824 Display
  • Battery: 13.5 hours battery life
  • Energy Rating: EPEAT Gold
  • Weight: 1.7lbs
  • Keyboard: Black Type Cover (sold separately)


  • Widescreen Flat Panel

Laptop Options

  • Lenovo Compatible docking station
  • Microsoft Dock for Surface Pro

Apple Computers

Please note that Apple computers are not standard options for most staff. Staff must demonstrate a business need to purchase/receive an Apple computer.

Apple iMac 21.5″ Desktop

  • Processor: 3.6GHz Intel Quad‐core i3
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Graphics: Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB video memory
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Opticals: None, external super drive available as an option
  • Peripherals: Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, FaceTime HD camera
  • Network: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; Bluetooth 4.2; Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Monitor: 21.5-inch Retina 4K display; 4096-by-2304
  • Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, SDXC card slot
  • Energy Rating: EPEAT GOLD, Meets Energy Star 6.1 Requirements

Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Laptop

  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Quad-core i5
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Network: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • Display: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 ports via USB Type-C
  • Battery: Built-in 58.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (Up to 10 hours wireless web)
  • Weight: 3.02 pounds
  • Energy Rating: EPEAT Gold, Meets Energy Star 6.1 Requirements