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Northern Kentucky University recommends the following minimum configurations for students, faculty or staff who are purchasing or bringing computers to campus.

A student's program requirements, budget, and preference should be the primary factors in choosing a computing device.  A student should also consider the major he or she will be pursuing, as some areas of study may have more stringent requirements than the recommendations listed below.

 

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Minimum Laptop Configurations (Updated September 2018)


windows

Windows

This is the recommended minimum configuration for most general studies courses.  However, check with your college for major-specific requirements.

Processor 3.7 GHz i3 if 8th generation or newer; or  3.4 GHz i5 if 7th generation or older.
RAM 8GB*
Hard Drive 256 GB or larger^
Operating Systems
Windows 10 or newer (Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are sufficient, but any new purchase should be Windows 10)
Webcam Yes
Microphone Yes**
Headphones Yes

* Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for 4+ years
^ Solid State hard drives are not required, but improve machine performance
**Webcam and microphone are often a combination unit and are suitable

 

Dell Discount

Dell provides up to a 30% educational discount to student on many of their popular models.  Please visit their website for more information on the program.

 


 

macintosh

Apple

This is the recommended minimum configuration for most general studies courses.  However, check with your college for major-specific requirements.

Processor 2.3 GHz i5 or faster.
RAM 8GB*
Hard Drive 256 GB or larger^
Wireless Access
802.11 a/c dual band
Operating Systems
Mac OS 10.13 or newer
Webcam Yes
Microphone Yes**
Headphones Yes

* Consider getting additional RAM if you plan to keep this computer for 4+ years
^ Solid State hard drives are not required, but improve machine performance
**Webcam and microphone are often a combination unit and are suitable

 

Apple Discount

Apple education pricing is a great way for college students and faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Newly accepted students are also eligible, as are parents purchasing on behalf of their student. By purchasing through the following website you are supporting Northern Kentucky University. You are able to have your order shipped directly to you, or choose to pick it up at your local Apple Retail Store.  Shop now.

 

Note:  Some colleges and/or majors have specific requirements that are beyond the minimum configuration recommendations.   

 

External Storage

Western Digital offers a 20% discount on purchases from students, faculty and staff of external storage devices. Free standard shipping is included on all orders. Visit the WD Education Store online.