Update (7/29/13): We are still waiting on vendors to release laptops with the latest processors. If you can, we still recommend waiting.
Attention New and Returning Students: The table below has not yet been updated for Fall 2013 semester. We are waiting on vendors to get the latest processor technology before updating our recommendation page. If you cannot wait, the specifications below are still valid. If you can wait, the new processors are adding additional battery hours (yes plural) with no sacrifice in performance. We highly recommend waiting until vendors receive the latest processors.
Buying a computer for college? We don’t require it, but many students opt to buy their own laptop. The table below contains information related to four laptops we would recommend. There’s a whole world of other laptops out there; this is just a slimmed down list with four we would recommend.
Several of the software titles used in Engineering classes are available for install on your computer, but not all. For those we can’t offer, we provide remote options as well as multiple computer labs located throughout the college.
If you have any questions about specific items listed here, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us!
|Please note we do NOT sell these computers, we provide this list to help you as you evaluate the multitude of computers out there. Apple computers can be purchased through TechCyte (http://www.techcyte.isubookstore.com/home.aspx) while Lenovo computers can be purchased direct from Lenovo.com.|
*The graphics card in this laptop is fully certified to work with all software utilized in the College of Engineering.
**Any PC with equivalent specifications will work, Lenovo is just our preferred vendor.
***Please note that the 3 year warranty is what contributes to the higher price for our laptop recommendations. It is recommended to have a 3 year warranty, but not required.
****Windows 8 has not been fully certified with all our Engineering software, but internal testing has not identified any major problems.
- ISU faculty, staff, and students have access to education discounts on Dell and Apple computers purchased via Tech Cyte.