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Supported Hardware

Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains a list of computer hardware configurations that meets academic and University line-of-business needs.  When considering the purchase of a new desktop or laptop, find the most up-to-date information by referring to this online document.

Recommended Computer Configurations for Students

Whether you are bringing a computer you already own or buying a new computer, ITS recommends that you at least meet minimum hardware specifications for campus use. Many of our applications are Windows-based so if you are a Mac user, it is strongly recommended that you have the pre-requisites necessary to successfully complete the requirements of your registered courses.  Below, you will find our recommendations to keep in mind when buying a laptop or desktop.

Recommended Vendors

ITS recommends Dell Laptops with the Windows operating system.
Note: Some Pace University courses use Windows-based software in their curriculum.  Therefore, students with Apple computers who are taking these courses must have the Microsoft Windows operating system pre-installed on their Mac in order to complete the course requirements.  In order to install Windows on a Mac, students will need software such as Bootcamp (already included on Macs), Parallels, or VMware Fusion.  Check out our IT Discounts page for any available discounts on this software.  After these requirements are met, ITS can assist with downloading Microsoft Office, if needed.

Computer Hardware Specifications
  Recommended Configurations
Processor Intel Core i5 or Core i7
Memory 8.0 GB or higher
Hard Disk 256 GB or higher
Video Card 1.0 GB Dedicated Graphics Card or Integrated Graphics w/ 8.0 GB of RAM
Network Built-in LAN 10/100 Ethernet
WiFi: 802.11n
Optical Drive 8x DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 or 10
Mac OS X 10.11 (see note in Recommended Vendors section above)
Battery Desktop: N/A
Laptop: 10 hours of battery life
Warranty 4-year warranty for PC
3-year warranty for Apple Care Mac
Accessory Laptop: USB Optical Drive, USB or Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter (if ethernet port not provided)

Free Software for Students

Enrolled students can download and install software such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Security Essentials, as part of the Student Technology Fee.

Recommended Accessories

  • Ethernet cable for wired connectivity
  • USB or Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter for wired connectivity (if ethernet port not provided)
  • External USB (2.0 or higher) hard drive for backing up work
  • USB (2.0 or higher) memory thumb drive for course work
  • Webcam (built-in or USB) for Web Conferencing
  • USB Headset (for improved audio experience) for Web Conferencing

Note: For specific headset models that are certified to work with Skype for Business, please visit  On left side, under Type of Device, check the box for Headset.

Incompatible Wireless Devices

The PACE-WIFI network requires that connecting devices meet WPA2-Enterprise specifications.  Some personal consumer devices, such as wireless TVs, wireless printers, etc., do not meet the WPA2 standard and therefore are not compatible with our network.  Please be sure to check whether your devices meet this specification before bringing them on-campus.  Also, the connection of personal routers is not allowed on the Pace network.

Recommended Computer Configurations for Faculty/Staff

For work-related use, faculty and staff can learn about our current purchasing standards for Pace-owned equipment by visiting the IT Purchases - Department/University Funded page.

Last Updated Date:  7/25/2016