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Recommendations - Faculty and Staff Mac Desktop

Last Updated: 05/05/2017


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


Wired Ethernet recommended.
If using wireless: Dual Band spectrum (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac

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
E-mail 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.