Many engineering courses expect students to have and use laptop computers, connected to the wireless network, in both the classroom and laboratories.
A laptop, coupled with the wireless network available in all engineering buildings, allows students to access web-based course materials anywhere. The technology is used to improve teaching and learning and provide anytime/anywhere communications between faculty and students.
2017 LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Windows-based PCs are preferred. A few engineering applications only run in a Windows environment. If a Mac is purchased, then the student would need to boot into Windows using Boot Camp or run a virtual Windows machine via Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox.
- Operating System
- Windows – Windows 10 or higher
- Mac – OS X, Sierra (10.12) or higher
- Either Intel or AMD, recommend an Intel Core i5 or higher, or the AMD equivalent
- Minimum – 8 GB of RAM for both Windows and Mac
- Consider – 16 GB of RAM or more for both Windows and Mac
- Hard Disk
- Minimum – 256 GB of storage
- Consider – solid state drive for better performance (256 GB of storage or higher)
- UA provides a free cloud-based storage environment for all students, faculty and staff
- There are no fixed requirements as this is a personal preference. A larger screen implies a larger visible image and greater laptop size and weight
- Minimum – provides wireless network support (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
- Consider – wired Ethernet LAN port, either built-in or external USB connection
- Minimum – one-year parts and labor
- Consider – multi-year warranty, “complete care” that covers accidental damage
- Acrobat Reader (free)
- Anti-virus, UA maintains a site license for antivirus software for Windows and Mac that covers all UA computers as well as computers owned by UA faculty, staff and students
- Microsoft Office (free for students)
- MS Imagine Premium, Microsoft Imagine Premium Accounts are now available to all engineering students (for assistance registering an account contact Cris Porter)
- Other software may be required by specific courses as you progress through the curriculum
Laptop computers have a finite lifetime. Given this, students who already have a functional laptop might consider delaying the purchase of a new laptop since the existing laptop should be adequate in the first year or two at UA. Students should consider purchasing a new laptop, with the latest technology, when they begin upper-division courses in engineering or computer science.