Minimum Laptop Requirement

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While undergraduate students are not required to purchase a laptop through the Carolina Computing Initiative, they are required to have a laptop that meets the or exceeds the minimum laptop specifications for their class. Please note that while best efforts will be made to support students with non-CCI laptops, the highest level of support can only be extended to students who purchase a CCI laptop package. Specifically, hardware support and access to the pool of loaner laptops are provided only for students who own a CCI model laptop.

Minimum Laptop Specifications for First Year Students/Freshman

Students in the class of 2018 are required to have a laptop that meets or exceeds the following minimum specifications. All CCI models meet or exceed the specifications below:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5, Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB Minimum
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise or Pro
  • Hard Disk Drive: 500 GB HDD or 256 GB SSD
  • Display:12.5 inches or larger
    • 1600 x 900 Resolution or better
    • Integrated graphics
  • Audio:16 Bit Audio
    • Speaker
    • Microphone
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
  • Expansion Ports: Two USB 2.0/3.0

Minimum Laptop Specifications for Second Year Students/Sophomore

Students in the class of 2017 are required to have a laptop that meets or exceeds the following minimum specifications. All CCI models meet or exceed the specifications below:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5, Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB Minimum
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise or Pro
  • Hard Disk Drive: 320 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD
  • Display:11.6 inches or larger
    • 1280 x 800 Resolution or better
    • Integrated graphics
  • Audio:16 Bit Audio
    • Speaker
    • Microphone
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Expansion Ports: Two USB 2.0/3.0

 

Minimum Laptop Specifications for Third Year Students/Junior

Students in the class of 2016 are required to have a laptop that meets or exceeds the following minimum specifications. All CCI models meet or exceed the specifications below:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5, Dual Core 2.3 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB Minimum
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate
  • Hard Disk Drive: 320 GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD Read/Write
  • Display:12 inches or larger
    • 1280 x 800 Resolution or better
    • Integrated graphics
  • Audio:16 Bit Audio
    • Speaker
    • Microphone
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Expansion Ports: Two USB 2.0