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    Computer Requirements

    We are occasionally approached by prospective students, who are looking for advice as to what sort of a laptop to purchase as a Computer Science student.

    This is a difficult question to answer, as the market for computers changes with great frequency.

    Here are some general guidelines for a recommended system, as of Fall 2017

    Windows Laptop

    Minimum Requirements

    Recommended Requirements

    Mac Laptop

    The choice among Apple computers is in many ways simpler, as there are fewer options to choose from. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

    Minimum requirements: Macbook with 8GB of RAM

    Higher end system: Macbook Pro, with 16GB of RAM and 256GB or larger solid-state drive (SSD) for storage.