Purchasing Hardware

The University at Buffalo is best able to support your use of computers and other hardware in your role at the university if you follow UB standards and recommendations.

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UB Standard Configurations

By standardizing on a limited number of configurations, UB obtains a larger discount, can create a custom UB plug and play image for Windows use, and provide a more efficient and consistent level of support at the department level.

Plan for Extended Lead Times

Information technology products are experiencing extended lead times due to current supply chain conditions.  Please review lead times and plan accordingly prior to ordering. Review purchasing updates and lead times for IT products.

  • Dell
    In partnership with Dell, UB has identified configurable standards that include the UB desktop image and are supported by the UBIT. You can purchase other Optiplex and Latitude models, Precision workstations, servers, storage, printers and IT peripherals, supplies and accessories.

Other Desktop Hardware

If the UB standards do not meet your needs, please review the business class configurations with the preferred, authorized suppliers listed below. Business class configurations are easier to support on campus.

  • Apple
    You can purchase Apple products such as the MacBook Air, MacPro, iPads, Apple software, and other Apple accessories through the Insight ShopBlue Punchout catalog.
  • Microsoft
    UB has partnered with Microsoft for special pricing and free shipping on all standard orders for institutional purchases of Surface tablets, laptops and accessories.

Consumer-based hardware, such as desktops and notebooks from retail stores and online retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and Tiger Direct are not recommended. Please check with your IT support staff prior to buying a non-standard selection.  

For HP Desktop, Notebook and Other Non-enterprise Products

Supplier Contact:


Affinity Enterprises, LLC
Amy Palka
Email: apalka@affinityenterprises.net
Phone: 800-923-6846 x707 or 585-704-8471
Web: www.affinityenterprises.net

UB Purchasing Contact:
Julie Lewek
For Lenovo Desktop, Notebook and Other Non-enterprise Products
Supplier Contact:

Matthew Gulliford
Lenovo Inside Sales Representative
Email: mgulliford@lenovo.com
UB Purchasing Contact:
Julie Lewek


  • Printers
    UB Purchasing can help you find the printer that best suits your needs.
Purchasing Personally-Owned Computers

UBIT has information about the purchase of computers, mobile devices and other electronic equipment for your personal use.

Purchasing and Contract Services is not responsible for the information provided by UBIT about personal purchases. Direct all inquiries to UBIT.