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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 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.

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 information.

Recommended Computer Specifications

Component Recommendation
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7
Operating Systems

Core Enterprise Business Application Users: 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional

All Other Users: Windows 8 or Apple OS X

Windows Operating System Recommendations

Memory (RAM) Minimum: 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

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.