Recommendations - Student PC Laptop

Last Updated: 06/09/2015

Overview

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
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive 250 GB HDD (Hard Disc Drive) or SSD (Solid State Drive)

250 GB SSD or Internal Flash Storage

*Note: If more storage space is required, consider a HDD with 500+ GB.

Battery Primary battery okay Extended life battery
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Graphics Card w/ 512 MB

Ports
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt (if available)
Network Access
  • Wireless 802.11n (which is backward compatible)
  • 10/100/1000 Network Card
Warranty
  • 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 8.1 Home Premium (or better), 64-bit
Productivity Tools
  • Microsoft Office 2013
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
     
Email Programs
  • Google Mail
  • Outlook 2013
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.
Printing
  • 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.