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Minimum System Requirements

You will need a laptop computer that meets the following recommendations.

Apple Recommendations and Requirements

Apple MacBook

Recommendations

Minimum Requirement

Operating System

Mac OS X 10.13  High Sierra

Mac OS X 10.11  El Capitan

Processor

Intel i5 or better

Intel i3

Memory (RAM)

8GB

4GB

Hard Disk Drive

256GB

256GB

Wireless

802.11 ac

802.11 n

NIC / Ethernet*

10/100 wired ethernet (see notes)

10/100 wired ethernet  (see notes)

Warranty

3 year AppleCare

Some type of warranty is highly recommended

Optical Drive**

SuperDrive (see notes)

SuperDrive (see notes)

Windows System Recommendations and Requirements

Windows Platform

Recommendations

Minimum Requirement

Operating System

Windows 10. 64-bit

Windows 7, 64-bit

Processor

Intel i5 7th generation or better

Intel i3 (6th generation)

Memory (RAM)

8GB or better

4GB

Hard Disk Drive

250GB or better

250GB

Wireless

802.11 ac

802.11 n

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 is 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 areas 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 computer's 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. For more information, see Other Suggestions.

Last updated: 08-Nov-2018