Computer Hardware and Software Recommendations

It is always good to do comparison shopping. Below are some general recommendations from Information Services.

Please note: Some majors may have specific requirements. Always check with your academic department before purchasing a new computer. View the Technology Viewbook for more information.

New Hardware Recommendations

  • Laptop: Minimum 2 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and built-in wireless
  • Desktop: Large, flat panel display and at least 4 GB of RAM with built-in wireless
  • Mobile Devices: iOS, Android or Windows Phone
  • Game Consoles:  Must have wireless capability for getting online
  • Printers:  Wireless printing is not supported; buy a USB cable (from any retailer or The Tech Spot)
  • Consider purchasing an extended 3-year hardware warranty
You can receive educational discounts when buying from the following vendors:

New Software Recommendations

Operating System

  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • All versions of Linux (with limited support)

Other Software

  • Free Microsoft Student Advantage (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint): Available discounted at 
  • Other educational software discounts offered by E-Academy at
  • Laptop anti-theft software (Available at a discount through The Tech Spot)


Wireless Connections

Wired Connections (Allerton Only)

  • Network Interface Card (Included in most computers)
  • Ethernet Cable (RJ-45) (Not a phone cord; slightly larger): For sale at The Tech Spot

Wireless Routers/Switches and Hubs (Not permitted)