Recommendations - Student PC Laptop

Last Updated: 07/30/2014


Both minimum requirements and high performance recommendations are listed below. Print out this list and take it with you when you go to buy your computer.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
CPU Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
Hard Drive 250 GB or Solid State Drive 500 GB or Solid State Drive
Battery Primary battery okay Extended life battery
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Graphics Card w/ 512 MB

  • USB 3.0
Network Access
  • Wireless 802.11n (which is backward compatible)
  • 10/100/1000 Network Card
  • 3 years parts and labor

*Note: OIT recommends purchasing a laptop with touch capability.

Operating System, Software, and Additional Recommendations

Type of Technology Recommendation
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Home Premium (or better), 64-bit
Productivity Tools
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Leeds School of Business requires a minimum of Office 2010 32-bit Professional edition)
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Email Programs
  • Google Mail
  • Outlook 2013
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
External Storage Devices
  • Flash drive
  • External hard drive (minimum size double to your internal drive)
Laptop Physical Security
  • OIT recommends that laptops are registered with the CU-Boulder police department. Click here to learn more.
  • Laptop locks, which can be purchased at the CU Bookstore.
  • Learn more about OIT's campus printing locations
  • If you are bringing a printer to the residence halls and university apartments, OIT recommends USB wired printers. Wireless printers are not recommended.