ITS Computer Recommendations

The following recommendations will meet the needs of the general UH staff and students for email, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheet and other office productivity software. The systems listed are ITS minimum level recommendations. ITS recommends purchasing the systems listed below or systems that exceed these specifications.

UH students should consult with their respective college/school/department for specialized hardware/software requirements for their field of study, that are not covered under these general recommendations.

PC Desktop:

Intel Core i5 Processor (64-bit)
8GB RAM (minimum); 16GB RAM or more (recommended)
1TB Hard Drive OR 500GB Solid State Drive (recommended)
DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Drive
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
Windows 10 Pro*
3-year On-site Warranty

PC Laptop:

Intel Core i5 Processor (64-bit)
8GB RAM (minimum); 16GB RAM or more (recommended)
1 TB Hard Drive OR 500GB Solid State Drive (recommended)
DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Drive OR external USB DVD +/- RW Drive (1)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
Wireless 802.11n built-in
Windows 10 Pro*
3-year On-site Warranty (recommended adding complete hardware coverage to protect from accidental damage)

(1) Ultrabooks (sub-15" notebooks) no longer come with an internal optical disc drive. If one is needed, purchase an external USB DVD+/-RW drive.

If the PC is specified with a solid state drive, purchase an external USB hard drive for additional storage and backup (optional but highly recommended).

Macintosh Desktop:

Intel Core i5 processor
8GB RAM minimum; 16GB recommended
1TB hard drive or 500GB Solid State Drive (recommended)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
MacOS 10.14
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (2)

(2) iMac and Mac mini no longer come with a SuperDrive. If one is needed, an external USB drive would have to be purchased.

Macintosh Laptop:

(if used as a primary computer)

Intel Core i5 processor
8GB RAM minimum; 16GB recommended
1TB hard drive or 500GB Solid State Drive (recommended)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection (3)
Wireless 802.11n built-in
MacOS 10.14
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (4)

(3) MacBook/Air/Pro requires purchase of a Thunderbolt or USB-C to ethernet adapter.
(4) MacBook/Air/Pro do not come with a SuperDrive. If one is needed, an external USB drive would have to be purchased.

Printing:

UH administrative systems no longer require special printer requirements, e.g. postscript. Documents can be printed to any locally attached printer.

For printers being used by a single individual, a printer with a USB connection should suffice.

For printers being shared amongst a number of staff, a network-capable printer with wired Ethernet connectivity should be considered. Wireless printing via the UHM WiFi is not supported or recommended. When setting up the network-capable printer, follow the recommendations for securing network printers and multi-function devices listed in http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1357.

Purchasing:

PC's can be purchased through the UH Dell Store or the UH Bookstore and Mac's can be purchased through the UH Bookstore. HP Printers are available locally. If you need help deciding on a system, please contact the ITS Help Desk (call 956-8883 or email help@hawaii.edu) .

Last reviewed: January 14, 2019

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Article ID: 585
Created: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:21am
Modified: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 7:18am