Student Computer Recommendations


Information for Binghamton University students about purchasing a personal computer. 

General Recommended Specs for Student Computers

First check with your department, as they may have requirements or recommendations for you (such as Apple/PC, laptop/desktop, etc.).

Nursing, Pharmacy, and School of Management students are required to have a laptop. Other programs do not require a computer, but we recommend that students have a computer for their convenience.

Known program requirements:

We recommend checking with your school or program for specific requirements.


NOTE: Students tend to prefer laptops since they are mobile and allow the student to work anywhere, as needed.

NOTE: Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended as a primary computer due to limited software availability.


Minimum specifications for a student computer are:

  Windows PC Mac
Operating System Windows 11 MacOS 12 (Monterrey)
Processor Intel i5  Intel i5 
Memory 16GB 16GB
Hard-Drive 256GB Hard-Drive 256GB Hard-Drive
Warranty 1-3 yr. Manufacturer’s Warranty 1-3 yr. AppleCare

Recommended specifications for a new student computer, to last 4 years: 

  Windows PC Mac
Operating System Windows 11 MacOS 14 (Sonoma)
Processor Intel i5 or i7  M2, M3 or Higher
Memory 16GB+ 16GB
Hard Drive 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Warranty 3 yrs. on-site manufacturer’s warranty 3 yrs. AppleCare

Apple & Dell Discounts

Apple and Dell both have discounts for students available at:

NOTE: Binghamton University does not endorse any of these vendors or their offers other than to provide the options to our students.


If you would like assistance, please feel free to contact the Binghamton University ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 or Submit a Request.


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