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Computer Buying Guide

Personal Use: Students and staff are advised to purchase computers listed under "Small Business" or "Business" categories rather than from "Consumer" product lines. Follow the specifications listed below to gain the most longevity from your computer. See some options for discounted computers at JourneyEd.

Enterprise Systems Use and University-Owned Computers: Faculty and staff who use Drexel Core Enterprise Business Applications (Banner, Hyperion, etc.) should contact their system administrators or the Help Desk (215-895-2020) to review compatibility requirements. Purchase computers through Drexel Smart Source standard configurations. Purchased computers must be compatible with the University standard security and encryption software, and in line with the associated Drexel policies.

Apple Users

*Many departments (e.g., Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Business) require Microsoft Windows for applications which are not available for Apple computers. If you purchase a Mac, you must partition your hard drive with Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare and then install Windows before arriving on campus. See the JourneyEd link in DrexelOne for availability of partitioning software and Windows. Check with your department for specific requirements before you purchase.

Recommended Specifications for Personally Owned Computers

Component Recommendation
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7
Operating Systems

Core Enterprise Business Application Users: 64-bit Windows 7 Professional is strongly recommended. Use Smart Source available through DrexelOne and call your departmental or IRT tech support professional to arrange set up

NOTE: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 requires Windows 8.1

All Other Users, Personally-owned computers: For personal and academic use, choose Windows 8.1 or Apple OS X*

Memory (RAM) Minimum: 4 GB
Network and Wireless

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Ethernet Cable

REQUIRED: Dual-Band 2.4 - 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n, such as Intel AC-7260

NOT RECOMMENDED: Single-Band (2.4 GHz) Wireless Cards such as b/g/n

Wi-Fi (Wireless) Card Recommendations

Display & Graphics Card If your work is graphically intensive or involves engineering design or web rendering, you should consider additional graphics memory and a large-screen laptop or an additional larger monitor.