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Hardware Overview

Northwestern Information Technology (IT) provides recommendations for purchasing laptops, desktop computers, mobile devices, and other hardware. Please review the guidelines before making a purchase to ensure compatibility with Northwestern technology. For academic discounts on computers or other technical hardware, visit Northwestern University's Purchasing Resource Services.

Additionally, University preferred vendor CDWG offers discounted accessories for purchase by students. Visit to view headset, headphone/earphone, microphone, and webcam options. Users can refine their search and shop by price to identify affordable options.

Note: Networking equipment that extends the Northwestern Network is not permitted in the residence halls, or any other part of the Northwestern Network. See the  policy, Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources.

Hardware for Personal Use

Hardware for University Business

Last Updated: 29 July 2020

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