Laptop Minimum & Recommended Specifications for Undergraduate Students

Below you will find the minimum and recommended specifications for laptop computing at Loyola Marymount University. These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions on purchasing a laptop.

If you require financial assistance, please contact the LMU Financial Aid office or visit Apply for Aid.

For questions concerning hardware and software minimum specifications, please contact the IT Service Desk at 310.338.7777 or servicedesk@lmu.edu.

Discipline-Specific Recommendations Coming Soon!
 
Windows PC
Apple Mac
Operating
System

Windows 10 or higher

Mac OS 10.12 or higher
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Processor Type 

MINIMUM
Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i7 Processor

MINIMUM
Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i7 Processor

Memory  MINIMUM
8 GB RAM or higher 
MINIMUM
8 GB RAM or higher 
Hard Drive 

MINIMUM
250 GB

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

MINIMUM
250 GB

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or higher

Webcam and Headset

Laptops usually comes with a built-in webcam and a microphone. A headset with a mic would eliminate the background noises and provide clarity in listening and speaking.

For desktop, purchase a webcam and a headset with a mic.

Most Mac laptops and desktops come with a built-in webcam and a mic. Purchase a headset with a mic to eliminate the background noises and provide clarity in listening and speaking.

Warranty 

4-year parts and labor (on-site strongly recommended) 

3-year parts and labor AppleCare 

Virus Protection Software 

RECOMMENDED
purchase your own subscription. Students in need can contact the ITS Service Desk

RECOMMENDED
purchase your own subscription. Students in need can contact the ITS Service Desk