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Computers for Online Learning

System Recommendations

The following recommendations give minimum requirements, recommended, and advanced criteria for a computer for use in classes at Thomas University. Recommendations are given for both Windows and Mac computers and for both laptops and desktops.

  • The minimum requirements represent the oldest and least powerful computer a student could use to access Blackboard and Collaborate which are required for all online and hybrid courses as well as for some face-to-face courses. As new technology is developed, the minimum requirements could change. A system meeting the minimum requirements may not be viable for much longer than one year.
  • The recommended system represents the least powerful system, and possibly the least expensive, that a student could purchase new. A system meeting the recommended requirements should be viable for 3-4 years.
  • The best system represents an additional investment to upgrade hardware components such as video, memory, processing speed, and storage. A best system should be viable for 5 years or more.

As always, check with your professors and your advisor before purchasing a computer as there may be additional requirements for some classes.

Desktops

 

Component Minimum Requirements Recommended System Best System
Windows Mac Windows Mac Windows Mac
Processor Intel Core Duo 1.86 Ghz Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 3.33GHz
RAM  1 GB  2 GB  4 GB  8 GB  8 GB  8-32 GB
Hard Drive  250 GB  250 GB  320 GB  320 GB  500 GB  500 GB
Optical Drive 4x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive 16x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive 16x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive
Network 10/100 Base-T 10/100 Base-T 10/100 Base-T 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit
Wireless  N/A  N/A  N/A Airport Extreme  N/A Airport Extreme
Graphics Integrated Chipset 64MB Memory Graphics processor with 128 MB Memory Integrated Chipset 256MB Memory Graphics processor with 256 MB Memory Integrated Chipset 256MB Memory Graphics processor with 256 MB Memory
Printer Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet
Monitor 15 in Digital Flatscreen 17 in Digital Flatscreen 17 in Digital Flatscreen 19 in Digital Flatscreen 19 in Digital Flatscreen 21 in Digital Flatscreen
Operating System Windows XP Mac OS X 4.2 Windows Vista or 7 Mac OS X 6 Windows 7 Mac OS X 6
Microphone Stereo or RCA connection Built-in or Stereo or RCA connection Stereo or RCA connection Built-in Stereo or RCA connection Stereo or RCA connection Built-in Stereo or RCA connection
Webcam Any Check for Mac driver Any  Built-in Any Built-in
Additional   Bluetooth   Bluetooth   Bluetooth
 

Laptops

 

Component Minimum Requirements Recommended System Best System
Windows Mac Windows Mac Windows Mac
Processor Intel Celeron 2.2 Ghz Intel Core Duo 2.13 GHz Intel Core Duo 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz
RAM  2 GB
 2 GB
 2 GB
2-4 GB
4 GB
 4-8 GB
Hard Drive  160 GB
 250 GB
 320 GB
 320 GB
 500 GB
 500 GB
Optical Drive 4x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive 8x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive 8x CD-RW/DVD +RW Superdrive
Network 10/100 Base-T 10/100 Base-T 10/100 Base-T 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit
Wireless IEEE 802.11a/b/g Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g IEEE 802.11a/b/g Airport Extreme 802.11n IEEE 802.11a/b/g Airport Extreme 802.11n
Graphics Integrated Chipset 64MB Memory Graphics processor with 128 MB Memory Integrated Chipset 128MB Memory Graphics processor with with 256 MB Memory Integrated Chipset 256MB Memory Graphics processor with 256 MB Memory
Printer Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet Inkjet or Laserjet
Monitor 12 in screen
13 in screen
15 in screen
15 in screen
16 in screen
17 in screen
Operating System Windows XP Mac OS X 4.2 Windows Vista or 7 Mac OS X 6 Windows 7 Mac OS X 6
Microphone Stereo or RCA connection
Built-in or USB connection Stereo or RCA connection Built-in Stereo or RCA connection Stereo or RCA connection Built-in Stereo or RCA connection
Webcam Any Check for Mac driver
Any  Built-in Any Built-in
Additional   Bluetooth   Bluetooth   Bluetooth
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