Computer Software and Hardware Recommendations

 
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Computer Software and Hardware Recommendations

UNH Sells Apple and Lenovo devices through the UNH Computer Purchasing Program.
The following are general hardware and software recommendations and computing recommendations by college.

Please note: Tablets are not recommended as primary computing device at UNH. Check with professors on classroom tablet policies for note-taking and other functions.

Hardware Recommendations 2020-2021

Bring Your Own Device - Minimum Standard (consider upgrading)

Processor (CPU): Current generation Intel Core, Ryzen 5 or i7 CPU 
Memory (RAM): 16GB
Internal storage: Traditional hard drive or solid state of at least 512GB
Back-up storage: USB 2.0 device 
Video connection: Classroom projectors may require adaptors. Most classrooms use HDMI for projectors and digital screens.
Wireless: 802.11n

Recommended for New Purchase

Processor (CPU): Current generation Intel Core, Ryzen 5 or i7 CPU 
Memory (RAM): 16GB
Internal storage: Solid state drive of at least 512GB
Back-up storage: USB 3.0 or better device. Visit unh.box.com for free, unlimited cloud storage. 
Video connection: Classroom projectors may require adaptors. Most classrooms use HDMI for projectors and digital screens.
Wireless: 802.11ac

 

Software Recommendations

Anti-malware: Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Windows Defender, Sophos for Mac (Bring Your Own Device), ESET for Institutional Macs. - Free for all users.
Internet Browsing: Internet Explorer 11 (Windows), Safari (Mac), Firefox, Chrome (PC, Mac) - Free for all users.
Productivity: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus (Windows), Micosoft Office365 ProPlus (Mac) - Free for all UNH students. Windows 10 (free to faculty and staff).
Dual Platform (Windows & Mac): Parallels for Mac (16GB RAM, 512GB storage recommended) Windows 10 (full version)

 

Computer Recommendations by College 2020-2021

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)

Hardware

All students: 16GB RAM recommended;
512GB or better storage strongly recommended.
Mechanical Engineering: 16GB RAM recommended,
32GB preferred.
If Apple, configure as dual-platform setup.

Software

All students: Productivity suite required. Recommend Microsoft Office365 ProPlus, Google Docs, or Apple iWork, all of which include online services such as cloud syncing and collaboration.

College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

Hardware

See minimum hardware recommendations from UNH IT 
Note: Students taking Paul College courses should follow Paul College computer guidelines below

Software

All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)

Hardware

See recommendations from UNH IT

Software

All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus
Graduate students: Windows 10 Professional operating system

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

Hardware

 See recommendations from UNH IT - Please note: Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended for CHHS

Software

All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (PAUL)

Hardware

 All students: Windows-based computer strongly recommended
Windows users: 16GB RAM recommended; 512GB or better storage required
Apple users: Windows installation required; 16GB RAM required; 512GB or better storage required

School of Law (LAW)

Hardware

 See recommendations from UNH IT

Software

All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus

Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS)

Hardware

 See recommendations from UNH IT

Software

All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus, including Apple users using a dual-platform setup.
Applied Animal Science students: Quickbooks, Microsoft Publisher (included in Microsoft Office365 ProPlus for Windows)

 UNH at Manchester (UNHM)

Software

All students: 8GB RAM recommended

Hardware

 All students: Microsoft Office365 ProPlus


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