ITS Computer Recommendations

The following recommendations will meet the needs of the general UH staff and students for email, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheet and other office productivity software. The systems listed are ITS minimum level recommendations. ITS recommends purchasing the systems listed below or systems that exceed these specifications.

UH students should consult with their respective college/school/department for specialized hardware/software requirements for their field of study, that are not covered under these general recommendations.

PC Desktop:

Intel Core i5 Processor (64-bit)
4GB RAM (minimum); 8GB RAM or more (recommended)
500GB Hard Drive or larger OR 256GB Solid State Drive
DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Drive
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 Pro (touch-enabled hardware)*
3-year On-site Warranty

PC Laptop:

Intel Core i5 Processor (64-bit)
4GB RAM (minimum); 8GB RAM or more (recommended)
500GB Hard Drive or larger OR 256GB Solid State Drive (recommended)
DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Drive OR external USB DVD +/- RW Drive (1)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
Wireless 802.11n built-in
Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 Pro (touch-enabled hardware)*
3-year On-site Warranty (recommended adding complete hardware coverage to protect from accidental damage)

(1) Ultrabooks (sub-15" notebooks) no longer come with an internal optical disc drive. If one is needed, purchase an external USB DVD+/-RW drive.

If the PC is specified with a solid state drive, purchase an external USB hard drive for additional storage and backup (optional but highly recommended).

Microsoft Windows:

Windows 10 Advisory: Microsoft released Windows 10 for general availability on July 29, 2015. Please review Windows 10 FAQs for more information.

*UH administrative users are advised to continue using Windows 7 Professional as all UH administrative applications are not Windows 10-compatible. Review Windows 10 Application Compatibility for ITS-supported applications and the Windows Browser Matrix for ITS-supported Web Applications.
McAfee anti-virus:VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 Patch 6 is required for Windows 10 support. The current version, VSE 8.8 Patch 5, is NOT compatible and does not install on Windows 10. McAfee is scheduled to release VSE 8.8 Patch 6 at the end of August, 2015. After ITS completes testing the software, it will be made available for download for valid UH users. In the meanwhile, please ensure that Windows Defender (built-in to Windows 10) is kept up-to-date. Run Windows Update to update Windows Defender definitions.
UH non-administrative users and students who use general business applications, such as email, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, and other office productivity software, may opt to use Windows 10 Pro, especially if their hardware is touch-enabled. In general, ensure that your hardware is Windows 10 Pro-ready, even if all your applications are not Windows 10-compatible yet.

Note to UH Departments: If newly purchased UH computers are preinstalled with Windows 10 (without the option for Windows 7), one option is to purchase Windows 10 from the vendor and then purchase the Windows 10 Pro or the Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade License (with Software Assurance) from the ITS Site License Office. The Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Upgrade License will allow you to downgrade the OS to use Windows 7 Professional in its place. When all the applications used in your work are certified to function properly with Windows 10, or when you are ready to convert to the Windows 10 OS, you may use the Upgrade License to install Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, depending on what was initially purchased. See the ITS Site License website for details.

Note: Windows 7 Professional and Windows 10 Pro are available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. There may be some applications that may not work with the 64-bit version at this time. If you are considering purchasing the 64-bit Windows 7/10 Pro, please verify with your vendor that your critical applications are supported on the 64-bit version. In general, 32-bit applications work in 64-bit Windows.

Macintosh Desktop:

Intel Core i5 processor
4GB RAM minimum; 8GB recommended
500GB hard drive or larger
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
MacOS 10.10.x
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (2)

(2) iMac and Mac mini no longer come with a SuperDrive. If one is needed, an external USB superdrive would have to be purchased.

Macintosh Laptop:

(if used as a primary computer)

Intel Core i5 processor
4GB RAM minimum; 8GB recommended
500GB hard drive or larger OR 250GB flash storage or larger
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection (3)(4)
Wireless 802.11n built-in
MacOS 10.10.x
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (5)

(3) MacBook Air requires purchase of a usb to ethernet adapter.
(4) MacBook Pro with retina display requires purchase of a thunderbolt to ethernet adapter.
(5) MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with retina display do not come with a SuperDrive. If one is needed, an external USB superdrive would have to be purchased.

Printing:

UH administrative systems no longer require special printer requirements, e.g. postscript. Documents can be printed to any locally attached printer.

For printers being used by a single individual or shared amongst a small number of staff (2-3 users), a printer with a USB connection should suffice with sharing done through a host computer that is directly connected to the network.

For printers being shared amongst a large number of staff (5+ users), a network-capable printer, preferably with wired Ethernet connectivity, should be considered. When setting up the network-capable printer, follow the recommendations for securing network printers and multi-function devices listed in http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1357.

Purchasing:

PC's can be purchased through the UH Dell Store or the UH Bookstore and Mac's can be purchased through the UH Bookstore. HP Printers are available locally. If you need help deciding on a system please contact Jocelyn Kasamoto (x68295, jocelyn@hawaii.edu) for PCs and Teresa Sakata (x62399, teresa@hawaii.edu) for Macs.

Also see Budgeting for Departmental Computers and Technology Pricelists.

Last reviewed: August 18, 2015

ref: http://www.hawaii.edu/its/micro/pc/micro-recommendation.html

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Article ID: 585
Created: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:21am
Modified: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:44am