Recommended Computer Configurations

Windows Laptop and Apple MacBook
These are the laptop configurations we recommend for UWSP students. Check with your major department for additional curriculum-specific recommendations.

Standard Configuration

  • Intel i5 or AMD Quad Core processor minimum
  • 6 GB RAM minimum
  • 320 GB SATA or 256 GB solid state (SSD) hard drive minimum
  • DVD or DVD/RW drive (An external DVD/RW drive is recommended if not included with the laptop)
  • Web camera
  • Network: 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band (2.4/5.0 GHz)
  • Laptop Security Cable Lock (highly recommended for resident students)
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 Home 64 Bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, or Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (Windows 7 available from some manufacturers); current OSX that comes with purchase
High-End Configuration
  • i5, i7, or AMD Quad Core processor
  • 8 GB RAM minimum
  • Dedicated video card
  • 500 GB SATA or 256 GB solid state (SSD) hard drive minimum
  • DVD or DVD/RW drive (An external DVD/RW drive is recommended if not included with the laptop)
  • Web camera
  • Network: 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band (2.4/5.0 GHz)
  • Laptop Security Cable Lock (highly recommended for Resident students)
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 Home 64 Bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit or Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit  (Windows 7 available from some manufacturers); current OSX that comes with purchase

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