Laptop Recommendations

Choose a laptop to help you succeed in your classes at NIU. Whether you prefer a PC or Mac, the following hardware recommendations will ensure your computer handles the day-to-day tasks you’ll face.

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PC Laptop Minimum Configurations

From checking email to browsing the web, these recommendations will let you run multiple applications. Your access to Microsoft Office 365 allows you to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher, on your laptop.

Category Description
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
Memory 8GB
Storage 256GB Solid State hard disk (SSD)
Optical drive Optional
Network Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Graphics Integrated graphics
Ports USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini DiplayPort
Battery 4-cell Li-ion battery
Operating system Windows 10
Warranty 3 Year Premium Support

PC Laptop Power User Configurations

Some applications perform better on computers with more memory and higher processor speed. For example, Adobe Creative Cloud and MATLAB. The following power user recommendations will ensure your laptop handles audio/video editing, graphic design (CAD), scientific simulation and data analytics.

Category Description
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Memory 16GB
Storage 512GB Solid State hard disk (SSD)
Optical drive Optional
Network Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Graphics 1GB Dedicated Video Card
Ports 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port
Battery 6-cell Li-ion battery
Operating system Windows 10
Warranty 3 Year Premium Support

Mac Laptop Minimum Configurations

From checking email to browsing the web, these recommendations will let you run multiple applications. Your access to Microsoft Office 365 allows you to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher, on your laptop.

Category Description
Model 13" MacBook Air
Processor 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5
Memory 8GB RAM
Storage 256GB PCI-e based flash storage
Graphics Supports 1920x1080 or higher resolution
Network 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Ethernet (sold separately)
Operating system Mac OS X 10.15 Catalina or higher
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan

Mac Laptop Power User Configurations

Some applications perform better on computers with more memory and higher processor speed. For example, Adobe Creative Cloud and MATLAB. The following power user recommendations will ensure your laptop handles audio/video editing, graphic design (CAD), scientific simulation and data analytics.

Category Description
Model 16" MacBook Pro
Processor 2.2GHz quad-core or faster Intel i7
Memory 16GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage 512GB PCI-e based flash storage
Graphics Supports 1920x1080 or higher resolution
Network 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Ethernet (sold separately)
Operating system Mac OS X 10.15 Cataline or higher
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan
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