Laptop Requirements

2017 - 2018 Laptop Minimum & Recommended Specifications for Undergraduate Students

Below you will find the MINIMUM and RECOMMENDED laptop specifications for laptop computing at the University of Denver. These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions on bringing a laptop to DU.

MINIMUM specifications are for those who are choosing not to buy a new laptop and want to bring an existing one to DU.

RECOMMENDED specifications are for those who are choosing to purchase a new laptop and need guidance on which specifications to go with. Also please visit our Preferred Vendors list to the left. As a rule of thumb, if you are buying a new laptop, most, if not all, specifications will be fine. However, these guidelines will provide you with a good starting point.

A note on Netbooks: Netbooks are becoming more popular with their low prices. If considering buying a netbook, it is advised to stay with Intel Atom processors and Windows 7. Also consider maximizing the amount of RAM and hard drive space. Netbooks are truly only suitable for basic internet browsing and word processing and are not recommended for students whose needs are above these basic functions. Please consult the special requirements for majors by the links provided above to see if netbooks are acceptable. Netbooks are NOT viable solutions for audio/video/web production & design, database work, and math/engineering applications.

Note: If deciding on purchasing a Mac, please contact your program advisor first. Business, Engineering, Mathematics & Science classes may require use of Windows only software. For example, some Accounting classes in the Business school may require you to use MS Access, which is only available in the Office suite for Windows. If you need Windows only software it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to purchase a Windows laptop. Please contact the IT Help Center before purchasing a Mac if Windows is a requirement. 

 

WINDOWS PC

APPLE MACINTOSH

Operating
System

MINIMUM
Windows 8 or 8.1

RECOMMENDED
Windows 10 Home or Pro

Macintosh OS 10.10.5 or higher

 

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office 2016 can be downloaded for FREE, please visit go.du.edu/office365

Microsoft Office 2016 can be downloaded for FREE, please visit go.du.edu/office365

Windows Emulation Software (check with academic advisor)

N/A

Please contact the IT Help Center to discuss your options before purchasing a Mac needing Windows.

Processor Type

MINIMUM
Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i7 Processor

MINIMUM
Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM
8 GB RAM or higher

MINIMUM
8 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

MINIMUM
250 GB
*Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

MINIMUM
250 GB*
Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

Graphics Card

MINIMUM
512 MB Video Memory or higher

MINIMUM
512 MB Video Memory or higher

Warranty

4 year parts and labor 
(on-site strongly recommended)

3 year parts and labor AppleCare

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended)

Virus Protection Software

For software and instructions please visit New Students page.

Please visit our New Student page for more information.

Recommended Accessories

  • External USB 2.0 (or 3.0) hard drive: Strongly recommended for data backup in case of laptop failure. Always keep a daily backup of files.
  • Personal Printer: For ease of printing from home. There are many public printers available on campus, but during high volume traffic times, may have wait times.
  • Wireless printing to a personal printer is supported on DU's wireless network, personal printers can also be used by connecting the printer and computer together via USB printer cable. 
  • USB Memory Storage Devices: Strongly recommended for their ease of use and ability to encrypt contents in case of lost or stolen property.
  • Ethernet cable: These are required for wired connections on campus. They can be bought at the bookstore.

For questions concerning hardware and software minimum specifications, please contact the IT Computer Help Center | 303-871-4700.