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Recommendations - Faculty and Staff Mac Laptop

Last Updated: 04/17/2017


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: MacBooks do not allow for the installation of additional RAM.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
Model Recommendation
  • MacBook Pro 13"
  • MacBook 12"
  • MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar
  • 8 GB
  • 16 GB
Hard Drive
  • 256 GB Flash Storage
  • 512 GB Flash Storage

3 years, AppleCare


Dual Band Wireless AC (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) is strongly recommended for best WiFi experience on campus.

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
Email Programs
  • Apple Mail
  • Outlook 2016
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
External Storage
Laptop Physical Security
  • 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
  • AppleCare
    • When purchasing an Apple product, it is highly recommended that you purchase AppleCare. AppleCare not only provides extended warranty protection, but also provides help with software questions or problems.
  • Extras
    • If you're purchasing a laptop, you may want to purchase a monitor as well for high performance use.
    • It is strongly encouraged that you backup your files to an external hard drive.
    • It is encouraged that you backup your files to university provided cloud storage or an external hard drive.