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Student Computer Recommendations

Should I buy a Mac or a PC?

When deciding on what kind of computer to buy, check with your academic advisor to see if your area of study prefers/requires a certain type of computer (see Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Technology Requirements). If there is no preference, the choice is up to you. In general, IT recommends bringing a device that was manufactured within the last two years, if possible. Both Mac and Windows platforms are supported by Butler IT. For more information and guidance please visit this link. Below are some additional hardware recommendations to consider.

How do I get discounts on computers?

Visit the discounts page to purchase computers and other devices for personal use at special Butler pricing. IT recommends shopping multiple stores before purchasing in order to get the best deal.

New Computer Hardware Recommendations

New Computer Hardware Recommendations
Specifications Windows Macintosh
Storage: 250 GB SSD/Flash or more  250 GB SSD/Flash or more
Memory: 8 GB or more 8 GB or more

802.11 b/g/n/ac

802.11 b/g/n/ac

Operating System: Windows 7 and above OS 10.11 and above
Backup Storage: 500 GB 500 GB

Please note that these recommendations may vary depending on device make, model, and/or your computing needs. 

Students are encouraged to make use of the unlimited storage space provided via Butler Google Drive for storing and backing up files.

Existing Computer Hardware Requirements

Visit the Security Standards page to ensure your existing computer meets the minimum requirements. All new computers meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

What kind of printer should I bring?

Printers for student use are available in all computer labs. For more information on printing at Butler, visit our PrintSmart page. If you do bring a printer with you to campus, you must disable the wireless feature and direct connect via USB in order to print. Wireless printing interferes with the network and is prohibited.