Personal Computers: Laptop recommendation
ERE students may want to own their own computer during college even though the ESF campus and ERE labs provide students with computing access.
One advantage to owning a laptop is the ability to complete academic course and research work on a system that you can take between classroom,
lab, and residence, which provides additional flexibility. Much of the instructional and research software used in our computing labs is available
as student versions at reduced pricing or as freeware.
Students preparing to purchase a laptop should consider doing so through the Syracuse University Bookstore (SUB) because SUB offers competitive
pricing on Dell systems and includes a 3 to 4 year "complete care" warranty. Students who purchase their system through SUB can seek warranty
service directly from SU's Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desks using a program called "CuseCare" or through VITEC, a contracted service provider.
We recommend the following minimum specifications:
- Intel Core i5 processor
- 4Gb SDRAM
- 500Gb Hard Drive
- 265Mb video
- 1Gb wired Ethernet port plus wireless capability
- Windows 7-Pro 64bit OS
- 4 year warranty
- MS Office Pro