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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 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 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 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. See Other Suggestions.