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ITS Computer Recommendations

The following recommendations will meet the needs of the general UH staff and students for email, wordprocessing, spreadsheet and database functions. 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
4GB RAM (32-bit Windows); 8GB RAM minimum (64-bit Windows)
500GB Hard Drive or larger
DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Drive
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connection
Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 Pro (touch-enabled hardware)*
3-year On-site Warranty

PC Laptop:

Intel Core i5 Processor
4GB RAM (32-bit Windows); 8GB RAM minimum (64-bit Windows)
500GB Hard Drive or larger OR 256GB Solid State Drive or larger (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 8.1 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.

Microsoft Windows:

*UH administrative users are advised to continue using Windows 7 Professional as all UH administrative applications are not Windows 8.1-compatible. Please review document Windows 8.1 Application Compatibility for more information.

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 8.1 Pro, especially if their hardware is touch-enabled. In general, ensure that your hardware is Windows 8.1 Pro-ready but configured with Windows 7 Professional, if your applications are not Windows 8.1-compatible.

Note to UH Departments: You may purchase your new computer with Windows 8.1 Pro, then purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro Software Assurance (SA) from ITS (must be within 90 days of new computer purchase), OR purchase the computer with Windows 8.1 (consumer, home edition) and purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro Upgrade license from ITS. Both options will enable you to downgrade the operating system to Windows 7 Professional. You may later migrate back up to Windows 8.1 Pro at no additional license cost. See the Site License website for details.

Note: Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 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 7/8.1 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 10.8.x
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (1)

(1) 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 (2)
Wireless 802.11n built-in
MacOS 10.8.x
Applecare (3 year warranty)
SuperDrive (CDRW and DVD+/-RW drive) (3)

(2) MacBoook Air requires purchase of a usb to ethernet adapter.
(3) 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:

KFS does not require any special printer requirements (i.e. postscript). The documents can be printed to any locally attached printer.

Note: PostScript printers will not be required after July 31, 2012.

PostScript printers should be considered for printing from UH administrative systems. The preferred connection for these printers is via direct socket connection to port 9100 over an Ethernet connection. ITS has been recommending the internal JetDirect Ethernet adapter cards with the Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4 (or higher) printers with Adobe PostScript. Administrative applications requiring printing have also been tested with the HP 4200N/4300N printers with HP emulated PostScript. Since the same PostScript is used in HP's other laser printers, we can recommend the HP 3005N, 4015N, 5200N and 9040N printers for administrative use as well. Anyone purchasing other printers must take full responsibility for testing all applications for themselves and resolving any incompatibilities with the vendor on their own behalf. 

Please note that some of HP "personal" laser printers don't come with Postscript built into the printer but offer Postscript support via driver software on the computer.  The printer must say that Postscript is one of languages in the printer for it to work with our administrative systems.

The Dell 2350DN laser printer with Postscript 3 has been tested and prints from UH administrative systems.

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.

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: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:02pm