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Student Notebook Computer Recommendations

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Notebook Computer Recommended Mimimum Specification

Laptop Computer Recommendations
Minimum Recommended Specifications*

Chromebook Minimum Specification*

Processor:​​ ​1.4 GHz or greater
Memory:​​ 2GB
Storage: 
Cloud-based
Operating System: Chrome OS
Software: 
Microsoft Office 365 (O365) is available free to BSU students. O365 offers cloud-based email, One Drive and Office Online (cloud-based Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Office Pro Plus is a suite of software available free to BSU students to download to 5 devices. Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Cloud PC virtual desktop with installed software is available for use by BSU students. Learn more and/or install CloudPC.
Notes:
Chromebooks may connect to the BSU network. As Chromebooks do not use installed desktop software, Chromebook users may wish to connect to Cloud PC to access a virtual desktop with installed software. .
Security: Chromebooks manage updates automatically so Chromebooks are always running the latest and most secure version. No encryption necessary. All files are stored on a secure One Drive. Protect all passwords and pin numbers.​
​​​*Please note, technology-intensive programs of study may require a higher minimum standard​.​​

Mac Laptop Minimum Specification*

Processor:​​ ​2 GHz or greater
Memory:​​ 4GB (in no event less than 2GB)
Storage:
160GB (in no event less than 80GB)​ and cloud-based
Operating System:
Mac to OS X Yosemite (10.10) or above with up-to-date patches
Software:
Microsoft Office 365 (O365) is available free to BSU students. O365 offers cloud-based email, One Drive and Office Online (cloud-based Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Office Pro Plus is a suite of software available free to BSU students to download to 5 devices. Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Cloud PC virtual desktop with installed software is available for use by BSU students. Learn more and/or install CloudPC.
Notes:
Most Apple laptops connect to the BSU network but there are some limitations. Not all software used by professors is compatible with Apple products and printing in public computer labs is sometimes problematic.
Students may download Mac Office for free.
Security: ​In order to greatly reduce the risk of malware, your computer software should always be kept up-to-date including patches and service packs for your operating system, antivirus and antispyware definitions, and firewall software updates. Encrypting your laptop is a good way to ensure others do not have access to your personal files and information.  Protect all passwords and pin numbers.
​​ ​​​*Please note, technology-intensive programs of study may require a higher minimum standard​.​​

Windows Laptop Minimum Specification*

Processor:​​ ​2 GHz or greater
Memory:​​ 4GB (in no event less than 2GB)
Storage: 
160GB (in no event less than 80GB)​ and cloud-based
Operating System:
Windows 7 or above with up-to-date patches
Software: 
Microsoft Office 365 (O365) is available free to BSU students. O365 offers cloud-based email, One Drive and Office Online (cloud-based Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Office Pro Plus is a suite of software available free to BSU students to download to 5 devices. Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Cloud PC virtual desktop with installed software is available for use by BSU students. Learn more and/or install CloudPC.
Notes:
PC laptops may connect to the BSU network.
Security: In order to greatly reduce the risk of malware, your computer software should always be kept up-to-date including patches and service packs for your operating system, antivirus and antispyware definitions, and firewall software updates Ensure the "Windows Update" is turned on. Encrypting your laptop is a good way to ensure others do not have access to your personal files and information.  Protect all passwords and pin numbers. ​
Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus is available free to download.
​​ ​​​*Please note, technology-intensive programs of study may require a higher minimum standard​.​​

Tablet Minimum Specification*

Processor:​​ 1 GHz or greater
Memory:​​ 4GB (in no event less than 2GB) 
Storage:  Cloud-based
Operating System: iOS, Android OS, and Windows. All with up-to-date patches
Software: 
Microsoft Office 365 (O365) is available free to BSU students. O365 offers cloud-based email, One Drive and Office Online (cloud-based Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Office Pro Plus is a suite of software available free to BSU students to download to 5 devices. Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The cost is included in the student technology fee. Learn more and/or install software.

Cloud PC virtual desktop with installed software is available for use by BSU students. Learn more and/or install CloudPC.
Notes: Tablets may connect to the BSU network. As tablets do not use installed desktop software, tablet users may wish to connect to Cloud PC to access a virtual desktop with installed software. Not all services are available from tablets. Tablet users may wish to download mobile applications used at BSU.
Security: Your operating system should always be kept up-to-date.
​​ ​​​*Please note, technology-intensive programs of study may require a higher minimum standard​.​​