Laptop Recommendations for Students

Stonehill provides several electronic classrooms and labs where students can use computers, software and printers to meet the requirements of their courses.  Most students find that a personal laptop enables them to work and study in class and throughout the campus.  They use their laptops for tasks like writing papers, research, email, and accessing course resources on eLearn.  

Mac or PC

Our core technology services, like eLearn and the wireless network, support both platforms.  Most recently student computers comprised 60% PC and 40% Mac OS.  Students should consider their intended major as the Business Department requires students in their programs to have a laptop computer capable of running the Windows operating system.   Students who major in Graphics Design may prefer a Mac since most of their courses use labs with Mac computers.  Specific questions about curriculum requirements should be discussed with the Chairperson of the academic department or their designee.

Recommended Hardware Specifications

The following information is provided as a general guideline to help with the purchase of a new laptop.  We recommend consideration of a business grade laptop from a leading vendor like HP as they are built for mobility and tend to last longer.  However, a system purchased within the last two years should meet the needs of most students.

 

Specifics

Windows

Macintosh

Processor:

2.5 GHz Intel Core i5

2.5 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory (RAM):

8 GB

8 GB

Hard Drive:

500 GB

500 GB

Wireless/Network Card:

Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet

Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet

Optical Drive:

Blu-ray player/DVD Burner

SuperDrive

Removable Storage:

8 GB USB Flash

8 GB USB Flash

Operating System:

Windows 8

OS 10.8

Backup Storage:

500 GB minimum

500 GB minimum

Warranty

We recommend consideration of a 3 Year Warranty which typically covers manufacturers’ defects like cpu and hard drive failures. Most leading vendors also offer an enhanced 4 year Accidental Damage Protection warranty, which covers parts, labor, and replacement costs for any malfunction.

Software

We recommend that students purchase the current version of Microsoft Office Home and Student.  Students do have access to Office in all labs and classrooms as well as the Office web applications through their email service.  Students with PCs are required to have an updated version of antivirus software to before they can register on the Stonehill network.  We provide Symantec antivirus  to students who need it.