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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Student Laptop & Technology Recommendation

All incoming students admitted for the fall 2021 term or later are required to have a laptop with these minimum specifications

A laptop meeting these specifications will facilitate your completion of high-quality digital communication projects for your classes and extracurricular activities. It will provide you with flexibility and mobility to collaborate with your peers while using the latest technology.

mINIMUM laptop specifications

Operating System Windows 10  64-bit or newer Mac OS 10.13 or newer
Processor Intel Core i7, gen. 6 or newer (Quad core i7 recommended)
Or AMD equivalent
Intel Core i7, gen. 6 or newer (Quad core i7 recommended)
Or Apple M1
Memory 8 GB or more (16+ GB recommended) 8GB of ram (or unified memory if M1) (16+GB recommended)
Storage 256+ GB recommended / SSD drive strongly recommended 256+ GB recommended / SSD drive strongly recommended
GPU Minimum 2 GB of GPU VRAM
1280×800 display resolution
Minimum 2 GB of GPU VRAM
1280×800 display resolution

A new PC laptop with these specifications can be found for around $900.
A new MacBook Pro with these specifications can be found for around $1200.

External Hard Drive

It is highly recommended that you purchase an external hard drive so that you can save course assignments, especially final projects.  Students are encouraged to save these projects for potential inclusion in their online digital portfolios.

Adobe Creative Suite

We also recommend you purchase the Adobe Creative Suite programs.  You will specifically need the following Adobe programs:  Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, and Audition. Creative Cloud versions of the Adobe applications are available to purchase on a monthly or annual payment plan with yearly commitment.  Students who provide a school-issued email address qualify for reduced rates.  Visit https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html for more information.

Buy

You must provide the funding for your own laptop. This gives you your choice of vendor and equipment. Depending on your circumstances, financial aid may be available.

For laptop purchasing and service questions, visit the WSU CoreTech website.