I will be starting a new job soon. I would prefer to be included in the decisions concerning the laptop I will get, especially given that the main software I will be using differs a bit in the Windows and Mac versions. Also, the language of the system plays a role for me since, for example, I know Excel commands in English and having to translate them into the vernacular will drive me mad if the Office is installed in the vernacular (VLOOKUP in French, anybody?).
Is it ok to inquire about this before starting and to try to influence what I get or will it sound arrogant/ out of place?
I want to avoid IT colleagues' preparing my laptop twice.
We agreed when my first day is and are not in contact right now with the company.