Recommended Computer Specifications for General Use
All students should consider the purchase of their own laptop computer to aid them in their coursework. Although all software needed is provided in computer labs on campus, it is often more convenient for students to work on their own computers and not schedule work when labs are open and/or seats available to complete assignments. A webcam and microphone are essential for communication when attending class virtually.
|CPU||i5-3xxx or later||i7-8xxx or later|
|Memory||8 GB (see notes below)||16 GB|
|Hard disk||256 GB SSD||512 GB SSD|
Warranty: We highly recommend a damage protection warranty as the most common repairs with student computers are broken screens and liquid spills which are not covered by a standard manufacturer's warranty.
Virtual Machines (Apple purchasers please review)
- Use of a virtual machine to run Windows, which may be required for class, or Linux will require additional storage and memory. We recommend increasing the RAM in the computer to at least 16 GB and the hard drive to at least 512 GB
- The RAM and/or hard drives on many computers cannot be upgraded after purchase so please take this into consideration also (Apple and Microsoft products specifically)
- Patriot Tech in Johnson Center stocks many computer models that meet our specifications
- Apple Education Discount - Intel Processor only for compatibility with all software including Microsoft products
- Dell Education Discount