Student Computer Recommendations

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Computer Recommendations

Starting in Fall 2020, all students are required to have a computer (either purchased or checked out through the Library or their department). 

In normal circumstances, students have access to computer labs throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, access to these labs will be significantly limited during Fall 2020.

  MINIMUM SPEC FOR ALL MAJORS RECOMMENDED for BEST EXPERIENCE
Typical Use Web browsing, Microsoft Office-type applications, connecting to a remote computer. This is the minmum recomendation for all students in LAS. Running applications for software programming, video editing, modeling, etc.  A computer with these higher end options is appropriate for someone with a major or courses which involve more computation like Computer Science, Statistics, BPMI, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, etc.  Please verify with your departmant for any specific requirements to run specialized software.
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
Cores 2 4
Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Storage 256 GB 512 GB
Type SSD SSD
Video Card Integrated Integrated
Resolution 1366×768 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Accessories Webcam and headphones with microphone Webcam and headphones with microphone

ISU has partnered with Dell and Apple to help students purchase and support their personal computers. Students can buy the computer directly from the company or through TechCyte at the ISU Bookstore. ISU Computer Repair is a warranty repair center for both Dell and Apple. 

We recommend using the MajorSuccess program through TechCYte to find the right device for your specific needs.

Software

The choice of operating system between Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX is up to each individual.  Most applications used by majors within LAS will run on either operating system, or can be accessed remotely on servers or lab computers provided by the College or Department.

Many commonly needed software titles can be found at the below links.  Of note, Office 365 ProPlus is free for students.

https://www.techcyte.isubookstore.com/student-software

IT Portal Student Software List