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Need A New Computer? No Problem! ITS Offers Some Help for Students, Faculty & Staff

As Spring Semester comes to a close, Summer Sessions starting soon – it’s time to think about the Fall Semester (I know, I know. No one wants to think about school starting back up again just yet.)! ITS cares about your success while at Binghamton University. If getting a new computer is on your to-do list, below are our suggestions for making the most out of your purchase.

For Students

Nursing, Pharmacy and School of Management students are required to have a laptop. Other programs don’t require a computer, but we recommend that students have one for their convenience. Students tend to prefer laptops since they’re portable and they allow them to work anywhere. For students in other programs, be sure to check with your department first. It’s best to wait until the first week of classes, in case some of your professors have more specific requirements. Our minimum recommended specs for student computers are:

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor (or equivalent)

  • 8-16 GB RAM

  • 256 GB Solid State Hard-Drive (SSD)

  • 1-3 year manufacturer’s warranty

Our recommended specs for a new student computer to last 4 years are:

  • Windows 10 64bit or MacOS X

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor

  • 16 GB+ memory

  • 256 Solid State Hard-Drive (SSD) or larger

  • 3 year on-site warranty (this should be a manufacturer warranty, not a third party like Best Buy or Staples)

Apple and Dell both have student discounts available at Apple Store for Education and Dell University Program (Binghamton University does not endorse any of these vendors or their offers).

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE REVIEWED the ITS pages, especially the "Get Technically Oriented/Welcome Students" presentation and the Tech Checklist. Also, the Self Help page has awesome tips if you have tech issues or trouble.

For Faculty

Departments interested in buying equipment (Apple or PC) should request a price quote or contact the ITS Help Desk at x7-6420 before ordering computer equipment. ITS supports and provides warranty repair services for Dell and Apple devices purchased for the University.

ITS has worked with Purchasing and Dell to streamline the process for purchasing Dell computers. Based on the University’s previous purchasing history, we were able to identify common models that were frequently purchased and to streamline the ordering process by bidding out the standard models and locking in pricing. To order a standard Dell desktop or laptop go to These all meet the recommended requirements for new computers and include an extended warranty.

ITS recommends the following operating systems for University-owned devices: Windows 10 Pro or Education, the latest Mac Operating System and the latest version of Ubuntu for Linux. We also recommend having Bingview, the campus virtual desktop initiative.

All computers, student- or faculty-owned, should have anti-virus protection. Universities are breeding grounds for viruses, so “B” prepared!

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