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Computer Recommendations

Desktops | Laptops | Purchasing Guide | Anti-Virus Software

The Information Technology Department has developed recommended configurations for desktop and laptop computers as a guide for students purchasing computers to use while enrolled at Regent University.

Specifications are provided for Windows/PC-based desktop and laptop computers. Please note that university computer labs, and most academic departments, are Windows/PC-based rather than Macintosh-based. Click here for more information about using a Mac at Regent University.

Recommended Desktop Configurations

Processor Intel® Core™ i5
Memory 8GB
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive or larger
Network Connectivity 100/1000MB Ethernet or Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac
Wireless connectivty is highly recommended for students living in the Commons Residence Halls
Operating System Windows 10
Software Microsoft Office 365 at no cost to Regent Students, Anti-Virus Software

 

Recommended Laptop Configurations

Processor Intel® Core™ i5
Memory 8GB
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive or larger
Network Connectivity Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac
Operating System Windows 10
Software Microsoft Office 365 at no cost to Regent Students, Anti-Virus Software
Damage Protection For Laptop purchases, Regent University highly recommends adding Accidental Damage Coverage. See Warranty and Support for more information

 

Purchasing Guide

How much should I invest in a computer?

The general rule of thumb when purchasing a new computer is to purchase the most powerful computer you can afford. Buying a powerful computer (faster processor, more memory, larger hard drive) will help to ensure that your computer will meet your academic needs for many years to come. Use the Recommended Configurations above as a guide.

Should I purchase a desktop or laptop computer?

Students should examine their computing needs and habits to determine whether a desktop or laptop best suits their needs. Laptops provide students with the flexibility of using the computer almost anywhere. Desktop computers offer more for the money, and are usually easier to upgrade.

Warranty and Support

The Information Technology Department does not provide support for the installation, repair, or maintenance of computer hardware, or the installation and configuration of computer software (including the operating system) for personally owned computers. It is important that you purchase a computer from a vendor that can provide these services for you.

For hardware, it is recommended that a three-year, on-site warranty be purchased with your new computer. For both hardware and software, it is recommended that you purchase from a vendor that offers 24/ 7 telephone support, and also has web-based support.

For laptop purchases, Regent University highly recommends purchasing a warranty that includes accident damage coverage. For example, Dell offers Accidental Damage Services as an option when customizing your laptop order. Please click here for more information about Dell's Accident Damage Service.

Vendors

While Regent University does not endorse any specific manufacturer or vendor, please view our current Special Offers to see vendors that offer academic discounts to Regent University students, staff, and faculty.

Anti-Virus Software

Computers can slow down overtime and be attacked by malicious software such as virus and malware programs. Regent University recommends certain software to help keep your computer running safely and smoothly. Below are two free Anti-Virus programs that Regent University recommends to clean and protect your computer.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Windows Defender is built into the latest versions of Windows such as Windows 10 and helps guard your PC against viruses and other malware. For a PC running an older version of Windows, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for the low, low price of free.

AVG Anti-Virus Free

AVG AntiVirus Free's renewed focus on performance keeps scans zippy, and protects against viruses and spyware.

Can I use a Macintosh computer?

Regent University computer labs and most academic departments are Windows-based. If you have a Mac or are considering purchasing one, you may want to check with your school to see if there are specific compatibility issues.

However, most students should have no difficulty using a Mac computer if they have a recent version of Mac OS (version 10.7 or higher), a copy of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac, and a reliable internet connection.

We recommend using Chrome or Firefox for viewing Regent web pages on a Mac.

 

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