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Laptop Requirements

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Minimum Hardware Specifications:

Laptop or Notebook computers are commended. Tablet PCs are discouraged for Information Systems and Computer Science majors.

  • Processor:
    Intel Core i5 processor or equivalent
  • RAM:  6 Gb or more
  • Hard Drive:  250 GB Hard drive or larger
  • Video screen with resolution of 1600 x 900 is encouraged (higher resolution, 1920 x 1080 strongly encouraged, especially for those who think they may make extensive of Graphic design software and web development)
  • Recommended but not required:  DirectX Compatible Video Card with 512 Mb RAM (1 Gb RAM encouraged but again not required)
  • IEEE 802.11g wireless capability (802.11n is encouraged)
    Ethernet (network) card
  • 1 Gb minimum USB Flash Drive (thumb drive, memory stick, etc.) to allow storage of


Recommeded Operating System (OS):
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional, 64-bit versions.


Required Software:
All students will need access to Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint or Office 365. 

As part of the Microsoft Student Advantage program, students are able to download and install Microsoft Office Professional desktop applications at NO COST.

Install on up to 5 devices (PC, Mac, smartphone). Available applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote*, Access*, Publisher*, and Lync* (* = Windows PC only)

 

Recommended Optional Hardware:
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase an external, portable hard drive for use with computer back-ups and storage of large files.

No specifications are provided for printers.


Use Of Macs:

If you wish to use a Mac you will need to ensure it has the appropriate microprocessor, and will also need to purchase the Windows Professional Operating System, and additional versions of any software you need to operate in both Mac and Windows operating systems. Due to the additional costs involved, the Mac support on campus, and the potential for software incompatibilities, we DO NOT recommend the use of Macs. Students who choose to purchase a MAC will need to assume responsibility for ensuring compatibility.


Suggested Software
Microsoft Office is the primary office productivity software used at the College and can be found in most of the departmental and all of the Student Computing labs. 

Students in the Information Systems Program (Day and Evening) will be able to take advantage of the college Microsoft Dreamspark account which gives them free access to thousands of dollars of development software for the IS program classes.  Free Microsoft software includes the latest versions of:

  • Windows (8.1)
  • SQL Server
  • Visio
  • Project
  • Visual Studio Professional
  • Expression Studio
  • Robotics Development Studio
  • Office Suite 2007*
  • and many others


Questions?
If you have questions please contact Dr. Pamela Thompson, pthompso@catawba.edu.