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Recommendations - Student PC 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.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
CPU Intel Core i5 or m5 Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 500 GB Hard Drive

Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB Hard Drive

Battery Primary battery Extended life battery
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Dedicated Graphics Card w/ 512 MB


3 years parts and labor


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

Note: OIT recommends purchasing a laptop with touch capability.

Operating System, Software, and Additional Recommendations

Type of Technology Recommendation
Operating System
  • Windows 10, 64-bit
Productivity Tools
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Email Programs
  • Outlook 2016
Video Conferencing/IM
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
  • Windows Defender (Windows 8 and 10)
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.