Owens Technology Purchasing Guide

Information Technology Services (ITS), in consultation with the Owens community, is publishing recommendations for computers that could be used to work remotely. These are general recommendations and do not take into account specific computing requirements of particular departments or roles.

Students should consult with their program’s department for recommendations for using specialized software on individually owned computers.

Computers featuring Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple macOS operating systems are listed. Computers featuring Linux or Chrome operating system have not been vetted and so are not included here.

General-Use Computer (desktop or laptop) Minimum Requirements

Good for basic-level computing, Internet browsing, email, MS Office and video conferencing.

Feature Windows minimum macOS minimum
Processor Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 Intel Core i5
Memory (RAM) 8 GB 8 GB
Storage (Hard Drive Size) 256 GB 256 GB
Storage (Hard Drive Type) Solid State Solid State
Display 21-inch to 24-inch screen (desktop)
13-inch to 15-inch screen (laptop)
21.5-inch screen (desktop)
13-inch screen (laptop)
Graphic Card Intel integrated graphics (UHD Graphics 610 or above) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Operating System Windows 10 Home Mojave
Other things to include Built in wireless Webcam Built in wireless Webcam
Estimated Price Range $400-800 $1,100-$1,500

Shopping Options

The Owens online bookstore has links to Technology Partner sites Dell and Lenovo.

Microsoft offers education discounts, as does Apple.