Computer Buying Guide
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. Faculty and staff who are users of Drexel Core Enterprise systems should contact their system administrators or the IRT Help Desk (215-895-2020) to review compatibility requirements.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLE USERS: Many departments (i.e., Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Business) require a Windows OS for applications which are not available for Macs. If you purchase a Mac, you must partition your hard drive with Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare -- and then install Microsoft Windows before arriving on campus. See the JourneyEd link in DrexelOne for availability of partitioning software and Windows. Check with your department for specific information.
Recommended Computer Specifications Guide
||Intel Core i5 or i7
||64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, or Apple OS X
||Minimum: 4 GB (consider 8 GB)
|Network and Wireless
||Integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Ethernet Cable
REQUIRED: Dual-Band 2.4 - 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n.
NOT RECOMMENDED: Single-Band (2.4 GHz) Wireless Cards such as b/g/n.
Visit the Wi-Fi (Wireless) Card Recommendations page for more information.
|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.