Student Computer Recommendations


Information for Binghamton University students about purchasing a personal computer. 

Our General Recommended Specs for Student Computers

First check with your department, as they will have proper recommendations for you (such as Apple/PC, laptop/desktop, etc.), then go from there.

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

We recommend checking with the school or program for specific requirements, such as:

Minimum specifications for a student computer are:

  Windows PC Mac
Operating System Windows 10 version 20H2 64bit macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
Processor Intel i5 or Equivalent Intel i5 or Equivalent
Memory 8GB 8GB
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 12 (Monterey)
Processor Intel i5 or i7 11th Generation or Equivalent M2 (Apple Silicon)
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

NOTE: Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended as a primary computer due to limited software availability.Enter some text here, and/or use the numbered list if you're making step-by-step instructions.​​​​​​​

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 or 607-777-6420, and we'll be happy to help.

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