Recommendations - Student PC Laptop | Office of Information Technology

Recommendations - Student PC Laptop

Last Updated: 09/08/2015


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 Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 500 GB

Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 750 GB

Battery Primary battery okay Extended life battery
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Dedicated Graphics Card w/ 512 MB

  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt (if available)
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 8.1 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.
  • 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.