University of South Alabama

Specifications for Student Notebooks

Posted 28 May 2014

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own laptops.

The following are the minimum requirements:

• Windows 7 or 8, 8.1 Professional 32 or 64 bit. Vista should be avoided.
Note: Windows 8.1 must have the free 8.1 update installed. This can be downloaded via Windows Update. Microsoft will not support Windows 8.1 without the 8.1 update.

• Microsoft Office 2007 or higher with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent

• 250G hard drive or Solid State Drive or higher

• 4 GB RAM minimum

• Intel dual core, i3, i5, or i7 processor or AMD equivalent.  Intel Atom, Celeron, or other low power or single core processors are NOT acceptable.

• Internal wireless network card

• USB to Ethernet adapter if laptop does not have built-in Ethernet port

• 15" or greater display screen highly recommended. Displays smaller than 12” are not acceptable. Touchscreen recommended for Windows 8.

• AMD or NVIDIA discrete graphics highly recommended.

• Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download) or Windows Defender enabled for Windows 8, 8.1. Important: Other anti-virus software including trial versions must be removed prior to installing MSE or enabling Windows Defender. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time will cause system instabilities including Internet connection problems.

Students may elect to use a Mac instead of a PC based laptop. The following are the minimum requirements for Mac users:

• Intel based MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Air w/ 256GB Solid State Drive (11- inch Mac Book Air or less than 256GB Solid State Drive is not acceptable).
• OS X.6 or higher
• 250 GB hard drive or higher
• 4 GB RAM minimum
• Internal wireless network card
• Thunderbolt or USB to Ethernet adapter if MacBook does not have built-in Ethernet port
• Must be capable of running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro using Boot Camp
• Microsoft Office 2008, 2011, or higher with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent
• Mac compatible anti-virus package such as the free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

External storage device such as a USB hard drive highly recommended for data backup for both PC’s and Mac’s.

The Microsoft 12” Surface Pro 3 tablet is acceptable under the following conditions:
1. The optional keyboard must be purchased and must accompany the tablet
2. The minimum drive size is 256 GB or higher
3. A USB to Ethernet adapter must be purchased and must accompany the tablet
4. Surface Pro 2 or RT is NOT acceptable

 

 

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