Emerson IT Help Desk

Purchasing a Personal Computer

In the market for a new personal computer? As a member of the Emerson College community, you're eligible for a discount! That includes students, staff, and faculty.

If you have any questions about a purchase, call us at 617-824-8080 or email helpdesk@emerson.edu, and we'll be glad to help!

Purchasing for Students

Where to Purchase

Purchasing for Faculty & Staff - Home Use


Purchasing for Students

Unless you are enrolling in the Journalism CreativityKit program, Emerson College does not solely endorse either Windows or macOS for student use. Since both have advantages and disadvantages, Emerson IT recommends that students purchase whatever system they are most comfortable using unless directed otherwise by their academic department.

Some courses require the purchase of additional hardware, such as portable hard drives. Beyond that, Emerson IT provides 25GB of secure, cloud storage with Box, and unlimited Google Drive storage space that all students can take advantage of.

Below are a few general requirements for purchasing a new computer:

  • Any new computer should be Wi-Fi capable and support our wireless network. If you're bringing an older computer, you should ensure that it supports a WPA2 Enterprise wireless connection!
  • If you plan to be editing video, the more RAM and higher processor speed will be beneficial.
  • Be sure to purchase a laptop with a built-in camera and microphone, or purchase a webcam if you have a desktop computer for video conferencing.
  • If your laptop has a built-in ethernet port, you may need to purchase an ethernet adapter (usually a USB-C or Thunderbolt) to connect to a wall port, though this is usually not required. Most students connect wirelessly!
  • Windows XP and Windows 7 are no longer permitted to connect to the Emerson College network!
  • Windows computers connecting to Emerson's network are required to have anti-virus software installed. Windows Defender is free and well regarded, and now comes preinstalled from Microsoft with Windows 10, 8.1 and 8 (replacing Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7). You can read more about Anti-Virus protection and maintenance at Basic Computer Maintenance »

Where to Purchase

Students, faculty, and staff of Emerson College can purchase a full range of computer products for personal use at special academic pricing in several ways. Many companies offer an educational discount that you will qualify for.

Apple

  • You can purchase directly from the Apple Store, including iPads and Laptops
  • Hardware can also be purchased in-person at physical Apple Stores with your Emerson ID

Note: The zip code for Emerson College is 02116.

Dell


Purchasing for Faculty & Staff - Home Use

It can sometimes be difficult to know what to purchase to make your home setup work the best for you. Below we are providing a variety of suggested items that our faculty and staff can purchase for themselves to help configure their home systems.

NOTE: The items below are suggestions, but are not guaranteed to work with your home environment. 

Laptops and Desktops

Emerson College has a list of standard models that we purchase at the college for employee use. Some have found that these models are also ideal for home use. To view the current list of standards for employees including hardware details, read Computer & Tech Purchasing for Staff & Faculty.

Laptops:

Desktops:

Monitors:

Dell 22" Monitor

P2219H Monitor

Image courtesy apple.com

  • DisplayPort & HDMI out
  • Fully articulated for 180 degrees of motion.

LG 27" USB-C Monitor

Image courtesy B&H

  • 2x HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • USB-C

Great for any computer with a USB-C input - it works as both a monitor and docking station. Everything runs through the USB-C.

Cables & Adapters:

If you already have a monitor or multiple monitors and wish to connect them using cables or adapters, please use the guide below.

First, you need to determine the type of port/connection you have on both your computer and your monitor.

HDMI

VGA

DVI

DisplayPort

Docking Stations

HDMI

If your computer and monitor both have a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need an HDMI cable. Connect the HDMI cable from your computer to your monitor. You can purchase an HDMI cable on Amazon for under $15.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a HDMI cable + a HDMI to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter. Connect the HDMI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase an HDMI to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a HDMI cable + a HDMI to DisplayPort adapter. Connect the HDMI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a HDMI cable + a HDMI to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter. Connect the HDMI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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VGA

If your computer has a 15-pin port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA cable on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable + a VGA to DVI adapter. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to DVI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable + a VGA to HDMI adapter. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to DVI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable + a VGA to DisplayPort adapter. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to DVI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable + a VGA to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to DVI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a VGA cable + a VGA to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter. Connect the VGA cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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DVI

If your computer and monitor both have a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DVI cable. Connect the DVI cable from your computer to your monitor. You can purchase a DVI cable on Amazon for under $12.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DVI cable + a DVI to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter. Connect the DVI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DVI to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter on Amazon for under $15.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DVI cable + a DVI to HDMI adapter. Connect the DVI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a VGA to DVI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DVI cable + a DVI to DisplayPort adapter. Connect the DVI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DVI to DisplayPort adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DVI cable + a DVI to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter. Connect the DVI cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DVI to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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DisplayPort

If your computer and monitor both have a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DisplayPort cable. Connect the DisplayPort cable from your computer to your monitor. You can purchase a DisplayPort cable on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DisplayPort cable + a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. Connect the DisplayPort cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter on Amazon for under $10.

If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DisplayPort cable + a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter. Connect the DisplayPort cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2) adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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If your monitor has a port (similar to the one pictured below) you will need a DisplayPort cable + a DisplayPort to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter. Connect the DisplayPort cable from your computer to the adapter, and then to your monitor. You can purchase a DisplayPort to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) adapter on Amazon for under $10.

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Docking Stations

Some computers have limited ports, but users seek to use either multiple monitors or have availability for flash drives, wired printer connections, or other configurations. A docking station may be the way to go. NOTE: Not all computers support multiple monitors. The docking stations presented are for newer model computers with USB-C ports.

Dell Docking Station WD-19 Features: Ethernet port, 3 USB-A 3.0 ports, DisplayPort x 2, HDMI, and USB-C x2

WD19 Docking Station

CalDigit TS3 Plus for Mac - Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity Features: SD Card reader, USB-C x 4, USB-A x 5, Ethernet, DisplayPort, Audio 3.3 mm

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