Student-Owned Computing: Buying a New Computer/Laptop

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Created: by Tony Baumann // Last Modified: by rneby
The College of Engineering expects all incoming students to 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 i3/i5/i7 processor
 Minimum RAM  8 GB
 Recommended RAM  At least 16GB
 Optical Drive  Optional
 Minimum Hard Drive  256 GB
 Recommended Hard   Drive  256GB or larger Solid State   Drive (SSD)
 Operating System  Windows 10 (64-bit)
 MacOS 10.14 “Mojave”
 Wireless  802.11ac
 Warranty  3-year
Warranty Information

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.

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