The College of Engineering recommends that all incoming students own a desktop, laptop, or similarly powerful tablet. If you are planning to purchase one, we’d like to offer the following advice and guidance.
Recommended Specs for New Computers/Laptops
|CPU||Intel i5 or i7 processor|
|Minimum RAM||8 GB|
|Recommended RAM||At least 16GB|
|Minimum Storage||256 GB|
|Recommended Storage||512 GB or Larger Solid State Drive (SSD)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (64-bit)
macOS 10.14 “Mojave”
|Warranty||3 years or more|
We recommend warranties that are backed by the manufacturers themselves (as opposed to third-party warranties offered by retailers) so you can get service no matter where you are when a problem occurs.
There are repair technicians on-campus at the OIT Walk-In Center who can provide hardware repairs for computers and laptops from Dell, Apple, and Lenovo that are under manufacturer warranty or CPS warranty.
If you purchase a device well above the recommended specifications, you might consider a 4-year warranty.