Drake university student computer recommendations:
We have found that business grade machines are more durable and hold up better. Most major pc manufacturers offer a business line of computers. All macintosh models are business grade. Business grade pc models include the Thinkpad line from IBM, the Latitude line from Dell, the Satellite, Terca, and Portege line from Toshiba, and the Folio and Probook from HP. We recommend laptops configured with 3 or 4 year warranties, a core i3 or better processor, and 4gb of ram.
Law school: recommends windows machines
College of Business: recommends macintosh or windows laptops, note: macintosh computers may require additonal software purchases.
School of Journalism: recommends macintosh machines
College of Arts and Sciences: recommends mac or windows machines
School of Education: recommends macintosh or windows machines
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: recommends macintosh or windows machines
Note that we recommend adding a 3 or 4 year warranty, a core i3 or better processor and at least 4gb of ram.
Drake Also Receives Apple discounts (we strongly recommend applecare – 3 year warranty)
The 13, 15, and 17″ Macbook Pros are best bets if you need a DVD drive
The Macbook Air is a little slower but more portable
Link to Apple Drake Discount Page
We recommend a external USB drive to use for backup, these are available at most local office and computer stores.
Drake has site licenses for antivirus, Microsoft Office applications, select statistical packages and more. Please check out our supported software for more info.
Other things to consider bringing
Security lock: It is recommended that students bring and use a security lock for their laptops. Locks are available at most computers and electronics stores.
Power strip w/ surge protection: A power strip with surge protection is recommended to protect your computer. Extension cords are not allowed in the residence halls.
The original system CD/DVD’s that came with your computer: The original system CD/DVD’s will aid greatly if the computer develops software problems.