Purchasing a Computer, Tablet, or Printer

Purchasing a computer, tablet, or printer for your office doesn't have to be a daunting experience. The Office of Information Technology will assist in making sure the process is as simple as possible.

We cannot recommend purchasing a computer on your own through a consumer retailer. Consumer grade computers lack the enterprise security protection and performance levels required on the campus network and consumer warranty agreements cause serious support issues. 

Benefits of Consulting with OIT on Computer Purchasing

Whether you request a quote from the OIT Support Center or generate your own quote using the steps below, the University has purchasing agreements with HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Apple that allow us to purchase computers at a significantly discounted rate. Additionally, any support for the computer that would be covered under warranty can be done on-site. 

OIT cannot guarantee support for any other brand of computer.

OIT will work with you to generate a quote for an enterprise/business grade machine through Hewlett Packard (HP), Dell, Lenovo, or Apple that will suit your computing needs, work within your department’s budget, and be supported by our on-site OIT Technicians who are HP, Dell, and Apple certified.

Buy Refurbished: If your department’s budget is unable to accommodate a brand new computer, OIT is able to offer a refurbished computer starting at $100.00.


OIT recommends that, along with the hardware, departments purchase at least a three year warranty with any computer. If you are purchasing a laptop, you may also look into purchasing accidental damage coverage to cover damage from drops, spills, or environmental hazards from field work.

How Do I Purchase a New Computer or Tablet?

With guidance from the OIT Support Center, you can request a quote or generate your own quote to attach to your order in Workday. 

1. Consult with Your Office Manager

Your department office manager may prefer to handle the ordering of your new computer, as they often manage department purchases. If they have any questions about the ordering process, please refer them to this page. 

2. Get a Quote:

Option 1: Request a Quote from OIT

Request a quote for a new computer or tablet to attach to your order in Workday. 

Option 2: Generate Your Own Quote

If you prefer to generate your own quote to attach to your order in Workday, visit the Generate Your Own Quote section.

What kind of computing power should I be looking at?

If you would like to research different computing configurations ahead of time, visit our Hardware Specifications page. If you need any assistance configuring your new computer, please contact the OIT Support Center.

I've purchased a computer. How do I set it up on the UNR network?

If you've purchased a new office computer, please complete the New Computer Setup request.

Do you provide quotes for network printers?

You can request a quote for a new network printer using the Network Printer Quote request.


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