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Recommendations - Faculty and Staff Mac Desktop

Last Updated: 03/16/2017


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.

*Note: Depending on your iMac version you may or may not allow for the installation of additional RAM.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
Model Recommendation
  • iMac with i5 processor
  • iMac with i7 processor
  • 8 GB
  • 16 GB
Video Card
  • Intel HD graphics
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
Hard Drive
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • 1 TB Fusion Drive or 512 GB+ Flash Storage
  • 3 years, AppleCare

Operating System, Software, and Additional Recommendations

Type of Technology Recommendation
Operating System
  • macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Productivity Tools
  • Office 2016 for Mac
Web Browser
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Chrome
Email Programs
  • Apple Mail
  • Outlook 2016
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
External Storage
Laptop Physical Security
  • OIT recommends that laptops are registered through the laptop registration program.
  • Laptop locks, which can be purchased at the CU Bookstore.
  • Learn more about OIT's campus printing locations
  • OIT recommends USB wired printers. Wireless printers are not recommended for on-campus use.
Faculty and Staff Mac Considerations

Besides the minimum recommendations above it is recommended that you consider the following:

  • Purchasing Computers and Software at Educational Prices
    • Computers and software meeting these recommendations can be purchased at the CU Bookstore for an educational discount.
  • AppleCare
    • When purchasing an Apple product, it is recommended that you purchase AppleCare. AppleCare not only provides extended warranty protection, but also provides help with software questions or problems.
  • Extras
    • It is encouraged that you backup your files to university provided cloud storage or an external hard drive.