Recommended Computer Specifications and Minimum Requirements for Technology

A computer that meets these specifications is expected to last 3-4 years, with appropriate operating system updates. 

There is a downloadable copy of this information in the right column, perfect to print and take with you!

 

Recommendations

  • Both Windows-based and Macintosh computers are compatible with the campus network and online resources.
  • It is recommended that students purchase laptops for mobility and ease of support.

A note on tablets: If considering buying a tablet, it is advised to stay with Intel Atom processors and Windows 10. Also consider maximizing the amount of RAM and hard drive space. Netbooks are truly only suitable for basic internet browsing and word processing and are not recommended for students whose needs are above these basic functions.

Technology Discounts

Cedar Crest College has purchasing arrangements with several vendors. You may purchase a computer at a small discount (5-8%) from these vendors by looking for the link under Related Articles in the right column of this page.

We do recommend that you still visit a store to “test drive” a computer before buying it. It’s important that you be comfortable working on it, as you’ll be spending a lot of time using it.

Additionally, a purchasing agreement has been made with JourneyEd ( http://www.journeyed.com/select/ ) for discounts on academic versions of a variety of software.

Support for Student Owned Computers

Information Technology provides limited support to students with connectivity issues in Residence Halls and to the wireless network on campus.

  • If the problem is determined to be network related, our office will work to resolve the problem as swiftly as possible.
  • If the problem is determined to be hardware related, you will be referred to the vendor from whom you purchased your computer. If your computer is no longer under warranty, our office will provide a list of local computer repair vendors.
  • If the problem is related to software you purchased and installed on your computer, you will be referred to the software manufacturer.

Support for Smart Technology

Limited support for campus wireless connectivity and email configuration is available by appointment only for portable smart devices, such as iPads and phones.  All devices must be updated to the latest operating system patch to be supported.

Bringing an Older Computer

If bringing a computer you already own, it should not be more than two years old and at a minimum have:

Windows Computers

  • Windows 7 or 10 (8.0, 8.1 and RT are not supported)
  • Intel Core i3 or Core m processor, 2.2 GHz or higher
  • 4 GB Memory (RAM) or higher
  • 250 GB Hard Drive or higher
  • 100/1000 Ethernet Wired Network card
    OR
  • 802.11n Wireless Network card

Macintosh Computers

  • OS X 10.10 – Yosemite or higher
  • Intel Core i3 Processor
  • 4 GB Memory (RAM) or higher
  • 250 GB Hard Drive or higher
  • 100/1000 Ethernet Wired Network card
    OR
  • 802.11n Wireless Network card

New Computer Recommendations

 

Windows-Based Computers

Mac Computers

Operating System

Windows 10

Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra)

Processor Speed

MINIMUM: Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED: Core i7 Processor

Memory (RAM)

MINIMUM: 8 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED: 16 GB RAM

Hard Drive Size

MINIMUM: 256 GB

RECOMMENDED: 750 GB or higher Solid State Drive

Wireless Card

MINIMUM: 802.11n (5GHZ capable)
RECOMMENDED: 802.11ac

Graphics Card

MINIMUM: 512 MB Video Memory

RECOMMENDED: 1GB Video Memory

Other Recommended Hardware

  • A surge protector to protect your computer equipment from electrical surges at home.
  • Flash Drive for class work and data storage. Students are responsible for their own data backup.
  • 14’ – 21’ CAT 5 network cable for wired connections on campus if your device has an Ethernet port. Recommended for gaming systems. (available at the college bookstore)
  • USB to HDMI adaptor, if your device doesn’t have an HDMI port. Recommended for use in collaborative classrooms. Available at the college bookstore.

Productivity Tools

Students should download Microsoft Office 365 applications.  They are available for free. Information is under New Student Information at http://help.cedarcrest.edu

Warranty

4 year parts and labor
(on-site recommended)

3 year parts and labor AppleCare

Insurance

  • Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended)
  • Students are responsible for insuring their computers. Check with your insurance carrier for the specifics on your homeowner policy.

Virus & Spyware Protection Software

All computers must have malware protection software installed on their computer. Information and software recommendations are located on the New Student/Technology Software/AntiVirus links on http://help.cedarcrest.edu

Unsupported Technology

Information Technology will NOT assist in connecting the following systems and technology to the network.

  • Windows XP, 2000, 8.0, 8.1 and all versions of Windows RT
  • ChromeOS (All Chromebooks)
  • UNIX / Linux
  • Macintosh OS 10.10 and lower
  • Wireless Routers/Airports & Network Routers/Hubs – To prevent problems you might cause with other users; these devices are not allowed in the Residence Halls without prior approval from the Office of Information Technology.  Our network will automatically disable any port that detects any such device.
  • Personal Wireless Printers: Wireless printing to a personal printer is not supported on the College’s wireless network. Personal printers can be used by connecting the printer and computer together via USB printer cable.

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