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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 your machine is a laptop configured with the below hardware specifications for campus use and to increase the longevity of your machine. Below, you will find our recommendations to keep in mind when buying a laptop.

Recommended Vendors

ITS recommends Dell Laptops with the Windows Operating System or Mac Laptops with the macOS Operating System. Chromebooks have limited support and will not be compatible with most standard Pace Software and Systems

Computer Hardware Specifications

Recommended Configurations

Intel Core i5 (12th gen. or higher) or Apple Silicon Chip (M1/M2/M3)

16.0 GB or higher

Hard Disk
250 GB or higher Solid State Drive or Flash Storage

WiFi: 802.11ac or 802.11an

Operating System
Windows 10 or Windows 11
macOS 12 or higher

Laptop: Up to 10 hours of battery life

Built-in or USB Webcam (720p resolution or higher)

4-year warranty for PC
3-year warranty for AppleCare Mac

Free Software For Students

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

Recommended Accessories

  • Ethernet adapter and Ethernet cable for wired connectivity
  • External USB 3.0 hard drive for backing up work
  • USB 3.0 flash drive for course work
  • For newer laptops (ex. MacBook Pro 2016 model or later) with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports only, a USB-C to USB adapter
  • USB headset with microphone (for improved audio experience) for Web Conferencing

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: February 1, 2023