Buying a Personal Computer
Recommended minimum specifications for computers that will meet the requirements of most academic work.
Faculty & Staff
If you decide to purchase a new computer, be sure to select one with Wi-Fi standard six or greater. The product description should include a number 6, 6e or 7 with the Wi-Fi symbol or 802.11 followed by “ac,” "ax" or "be." If you are using a computer or device you already own and are having issues, contact the Faculty/Staff Help Center.
|Component||Windows Desktop/Laptop||MAC Desktop/Laptop||Tablet|
|Operating System (OS)||Latest 64-bit OS||Latest OS||Latest OS|
|Processor||Intel Core i5||Apple M1||Latest OS for Brand|
|RAM or Memory||8GB||8GB||4GB to 8GB|
|Hard Drive||120GB/250GB Solid State or Flash Drive||120GB/250GB Solid State or Flash Drive||Your Choice|
|Warranty||Yes, get warranty||Yes, get AppleCare||Yes, get warranty/AppleCare|
Make a Purchase
Get potential deals and discounts on Dell consumer computers, electronics and accessories through Dell’s Employee Purchase Program (EPP)
Note: the business line of Dell products used at the university are different due to the demands of enterprise computing.
Faculty/staff personally-owned devices: If you have issues with personally-owned computing devices (laptops, tablets, routers, cable modems, smartphones, etc.), you must seek support and service outside of the university.
Towson University, as a public university, cannot provide technical services for devices that are not owned by the university. OTS can help you connect to university systems, websites, applications and other campus-hosted resources. See the TechHelp Knowledge Base article for more info.