Computer Buying Guide

UIC John Marshall ITS recommends a laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications. There are many decisions to make when purchasing a new computer, so if you have any questions after reviewing this page, do not hesitate to contact the ITS Help Desk at 312.427.2737 ext. 550 or—or visit us on the 7th floor of the State Street building.

 Intel i5 or i7 (or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7)

  Operating System
 Windows 10 Home or Professional (64-Bit) or Apple MacOS

  Memory (RAM)
 8 GB or more

  Storage (Hard Drive)
 256GB or more (Solid State Drive (SSD) highly recommended)

 Minimum 3-year extended warranty with accidental damage coverage

Consider Also:

  • HDMI output or HDMI dongle (required for connection to campus monitors)
  • Networking (Wi-Fi required, ethernet port optional)
  • Screen size vs. weight
  • Battery life
  • DVD drive (optional; internal or external)
  • Additional ports (USB, USB-C, Thunderbolt, etc.)


Microsoft Office: access to current version included with UIC John Marshall Office365 school account


Manufacturer Websites
The URLs below are for your convenience.

Apple Higher Education Store
Lenovo Student Discount Page
Dell University