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Minimum System Requirements

If you plan to purchase a laptop other than the DePauw Preferred Systems, you should review the recommended specifications below.  If you will be using an existing system, you will also want to review the minimum requirements.

Apple Recommendations and Requirements

Apple MacBook Recommendations   Minimum Requirement
Operating System Mac OS X Mavericks   Mac OS 10.7 Lion
Processor Intel i5 or better   Intel i3
Memory (RAM) 8GB   4GB
Hard Disk Drive 500GB or better
(256GB flash storage or better)
  250GB
Wireless 802.11 n   802.11 g
NIC/Ethernet * 10/100 wired ethernet (see notes)   10/100 wired ethernet  (see notes)
Warranty 3 year AppleCare   Some type of warranty highly recommended
Optical Drive ** SuperDrive (see notes)   SuperDrive (see notes)

Windows System Recommendations and Requirements

Windows Platform Recommendations   Minimum Requirement
Operating System Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
  Windows 7 (32-bit)
Processor Intel i5 4th generation or better   Intel i3
Memory (RAM) 8GB or better   4GB
Hard Disk Drive 250GB or better   250GB
Wireless 802.11 n   802.11 g
NIC/Ethernet * 10/100 wired ethernet (see notes)   10/100 wired ethernet (see notes
Warranty 3  Year onsite with accidental damage coverage   Some type of warranty highly recommended
Optical Drive ** CD/DVD burner (see notes)   CD/DVD burner (see notes)
Notes: *  Many vendors no longer include a wired network port on their laptops.  However, this is not 
    required at DePauw since wireless network access is available in most every area of campus.
    A wired network port allows an alternative way to connect to the campus network and
    the Internet, and is still a desirable option if available.
  **An optical drive is a desirable option, but many laptops no longer contain an internal CD/DVD drive.
   Although not required, you might consider an external drive that connects to a computers USB port.

Other Items to consider

When considering what type of system to bring to campus, you might also consider bringing some other items as well. See Other Suggestions.