Laptop Recommendations for Students

Mac or PC

Our core technology services, like eLearn and the wireless network, support both platforms. Most recently student computers comprised 55% PC and 45% Mac OS. Students who major in Graphic 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. 


Specifics

Windows

Macintosh

Processor:

2.9GHz Intel Core i5

2.9GHz Intel Core i5

Memory (RAM):

8GB

8GB

Hard Drive:

128GB PCIe-based flash storage

128GB PCIe-based flash storage

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:

8GB USB Flash

8GB USB Flash

Operating System:

Windows 8.1

OS X 10.10

Backup Storage:

500GB minimum

500GB minimum

 

 

Software

Students are licensed to download Office 365 Pro Plus (I would make the Office 365 Pro Plus text a link to the student Pro Plus page) on up to 5 devices, providing full versions of Office on PCs and Macs and mobile applications on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones while they are enrolled at Stonehill.  In addition, students 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 before they can register on the Stonehill network.  We provide Symantec antivirus http://stonehill-website.s3.amazonaws.com/files/resources/extlink_gradien_icon_16x16.png to students who need it.