Program-Specific Laptop Requirements

Minimum

  • Operating System: Macintosh OS 10.10 or above
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2016, which can be downloaded for FREE, please visit go.du.edu/office365; Parallels or VMWare for MAC (Windows Emulation software) or BootCamp (preferred)
  • Processor Speed: Core i5 Processor
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD).  *Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*  

  • External Hard Drive: Equivalent (or larger) size than Solid State Hard Drive (256 GB or larger).  

    • External Hard drive will be used to back up work with Time Machine.
  • Warranty: 3 year parts and labor AppleCare.

Optional

  • USB Flash Memory Storage Devices are strongly recommended
  • Insurance: Comprehensive breakage, theft, hazard.

If you have any questions about the Art School's laptop requirements, please contact:

Jason Kellermeyer | 303-871-2846 | Jason.Kellermeyer@du.edu

The Daniels College of Business STRONGLY RECOMMENDS a PC platform. 

Students pursuing a degree at Daniels College of Business will take classes that use software specific to Windows (e.g. Microsoft Access, Microsoft Visio) and therefore must run Windows on their computer. All students will need Microsoft Office 2016, which can be downloaded for FREE, please visit go.du.edu/office365

GRADUATE STUDENTS, please contact Student Services (303-871-3416) in the Daniels College of Business to talk to your program advisor about which classes you may be taking.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, please contact Daniels Undergraduate Programs (303-871-6910) for more information about the technology requirements for the Microsoft certification.

If you plan on purchasing a Mac:
Please contact the IT Help Center (303-871-4700) first to discuss why we recommend a PC for Daniels College of Business students. All first year Daniels students with Macs will use a remote desktop system that will be installed during your first DCB lab, which allows a limited number of users to simultaneously access Office 2016 while using Windows.  However certain academic programs may later require Mac users to have a dedicated Windows environment. You may contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs to learn more about whether your specific program may require advanced programs that are more compatible with PCs.

Minimum PC Requirements

  • Operating System | MINIMUM Windows 8.1 | RECOMMENDED Windows 10 Home or Pro
  • Productivity Tools | REQUIRED Microsoft Office 2016 can be downloaded for FREE
  • Processor Speed | MINIMUM Core i5 Processor | RECOMMENDED Core i5 or i7 Processor
  • Memory | MINIMUM 8 GB RAM or higher
  • Hard Drive | MINIMUM 250 GB (Do not purchase a 128 GB HD) | RECOMMENDED 250-500 GB
  • Graphics Card | MINIMUM 512 MB Video memory
  • Warranty | 4 year parts and labor (on-site strongly recommended)
  • Insurance | Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended)
  • Virus and Spyware Protection Software | Antivirus is provided by the University. See the details about free CrowdStrike Antivirus.

Optional

  • USB Flash Memory Storage Devices are strongly recommended

If you have any questions about the Daniels College of Business's laptop requirements, please contact:

IT Help Center | 303-871-4700

Minimum

  • Operating System: Macintosh OS 10.10.5 or above

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

  • Processor Speed: Core i5 or i7 Processor 
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM

  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD).  *Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*  
  • External Hard Drive: Equivalent (or larger) size than Solid State Hard Drive (256 GB or larger).  
    • External Hard drive will be used to back up work with Time Machine.
  • Warranty: 3 year parts and labor AppleCare.
  • Display: A 15" diagonal display is recommended.

Optional

  • USB Flash Memory Storage Devices are strongly recommended

  • Insurance: Comprehensive breakage, theft, hazard.

If you have any questions about the EDP's laptop requirements, please contact:

Teaching Professor William Depper | william.depper@du.edu

Below you will find the School Year 2018-19 MINIMUM and RECOMMENDED laptop specifications for laptop computing at the Engineering departments (ECE/MME). These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions on bringing a laptop to DU ECE/MME.

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.

  1. Windows laptop is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED as most of our Engineering software are Windows-based.  Dell Latitude  E7490 or Dell XPS 13 is recommended
    A Dell webpage meeting the minimum and recommended specifications for DU Engineering students can be found at: (www.Dell.com/duengineering). (Purchase a unit over $499 through the end of September 2018 using the link and get a $100 e-gift card!)
  2. Netbooks and Chromebooks are NOT acceptable as they don’t have enough computing power to run Engineering software.
  3. MACs are not recommended, please contact the IT Help Center before purchasing a Mac.  If students are really interested in purchasing a MAC (or already bought a MAC), it is required to also purchase the following software to install on the MAC:
    • Parallels Desktop for MAC (www.parallels.com) or VMWare Fusion (www.vmware.com), or Bootcamp (comes with Macintosh OS)
    • Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10

If you need assistance from the IT Computer Help Center (2150 E. Evans Ave. 303-871-4700) in installing Windows on a Macintosh computer, please allow at least 3 hours for your Help Center visit.

 

Windows PC
(on-site strongly recommended)

Apple Macintosh

Operating
System

MINIMUM
Windows 8 or 8.1

RECOMMENDED
Windows 10 Home or Pro

Macintosh OS 10.11 or Above

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

Parallels Desktop for Mac

or

VMware Fusion

or

Bootcamp

Processor Type

MINIMUM
Intel Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor

MINIMUM
Intel Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM
8 GB RAM

MINIMUM
8 GB RAM

Hard Drive

MINIMUM
250 GB or higher
Do not purchase a 128 GB HD

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

MINIMUM
250 GB or higher
Do not purchase a 128 GB HD

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

Optical Storage Drive

MINIMUM
DVD-RW

MINIMUM
DVD-RW

Graphics Card with HDMI or VGA port

MINIMUM
512 MB Video memory

MINIMUM
Integrated card

Warranty

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

3 year parts and labor AppleCare

Insurance

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

Virus Protection Software

Antivirus is provided by the University. For software and instructions please visit New Students page.

For questions concerning laptop requirements for Engineering departments, please contact:

Tim Sheu, Director of IT | tim.sheu@du.edu 

Recommended for all Lamont School of Music majors:

  • Minimum: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air 13-inch with at least 500GB hard drive or 256GB PCI-e based flash storage.
  • Recommended: MacBook Pro 15-inch with at least 256GB PCI-e based flash storage.
  • PCI-e based flash storage is more expensive than a hard disk drive but much faster and dramatically improves battery life, which can be very helpful for students who sit in class all day unable to plug in their laptop.
  • Warranty: 3 year parts and labor (AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto Enroll)

If you decide to buy a machine other than those recommended (a Windows machine for example) please make sure your laptop has a built-in microphone and video camera for recording lessons, rehearsals, etc. and for use in Music Technology class.

REQUIRED for Lamont Bachelor of Music Recording and Production majors

  • Minimum: MacBook Pro 15-inch with 512 GB PCI-e based flash storage
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor (AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto Enroll)

If you have any questions about the Lamont School's laptop requirements, please contact:

Michael Schulze, Teaching Professor | michael.schulze@du.edu