Mac Laptop Hardware

General Recommendations

The following guidelines were developed for typical office use. In most cases, this includes word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and Web browsing.

Computing technology changes a lot, and ITS makes every effort to keep these recommendations up to date. Check back often for the latest information.

These recommendations are for new computers only — please call us for advice before upgrading an existing machine. ITS generally advises that an office computer be replaced after 3 to 5 years of service. With the cost of new equipment constantly declining, upgrades are generally not cost-effective after a machine becomes four or five years old.

Students

The information on these pages can be used to aid in purchasing decisions, however you should consult your academic department for any specific computer hardware or software you may need for your academic work.

 

Recommended Configuration

Model
MacBook Pro
MacBook Air
 
 
Processor
Intel® Core i5 or i7
 
 
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
 
 
Memory
8GB
 
 
Hard Disk
256GB Flash Storage (Solid State Drive)
 
 
Warranty
AppleCare Protection Plan (3-year total)
 
 

 

Minimum ITS-Supported Configuration

Model
MacBook
MacBook Pro
MacBook Air
 
 
Processor
Intel® Core 2 Duo or newer
 
 
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 
Memory
4GB
 
 

 

Related Information

RIT Procurement

Apple Store for Education

Dell Premier Web Page