Ball State employees can enjoy education pricing and special discounts when shopping for personal computers, devices, and accessories at the Technology Store. Shop our selection of Apple and Dell products, or reach out to our knowledgeable staff for a one-on-one consultation to find the perfect product for you.

University Purchases

All University-related work should be done on devices supplied and configured by the University. Purchases of technology equipment for University-related work with University funds requires review and approval by the employee’s department. Learn more about departmental purchases.

Shop Our Products

Shop our selection of Apple and Dell computers and devices, all available at educational discounts to Ball State students and employees.

Hardware Considerations

When purchasing a new computer, it's important to consider the hardware of devices you're interested in purchasing. Refer to the table below for general hardware considerations when shopping for a new device.

Hardware Considerations




a faster processor means faster operating speed for your computer.

Intel i5 or equivalent

Intel i7, equivalent, or higher


a solid-state drive (SSD) allows for faster performance speeds over a traditional hard disk drive (HDD).

256GB hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD)

512GB solid-state drive (SSD) or higher

Memory (RAM)

additional random-access memory (RAM) will improve performance and may be necessary if operating multiple applications at once.


16GB or higher


a dedicated graphics card is necessary for tasks like video editing, graphic design, and other graphics-heavy applications and games.

integrated graphics (built into the computer's existing processor)

4GB NVIDIA or Radeon graphics card equivalent or higher

Operating System

Windows 10 OR macOS Mojave

Windows 10 64-bit or newer OR macOS Catalina or newer
(Mac OS Big Sur is not recommended at this time)

Software for Employees

All Ball State students and employees have access to free or reduced-cost software and applications including Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.

We're Here to Help

In collaboration with other on-campus services, the Technology Store can assist students and employees with most technology questions and needs. Read our return policy, learn about servicing options, and find answers to frequently asked questions on our Services and Support page.