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The hardware listed below will meet typical computing needs for most UWF students.  Configuration upgrades may be required for certain applications, research projects, etc.

Students should consult with their faculty and department technology support staff for assistance choosing configuration options and peripherals, or for information on additional hardware needs.


Windows Computers


Processor/CPUIntel Core i5
5th Generation or AMD Equivalent
Intel Core i5
5th Generation or AMD Equivalent
Video CardIntel HD Graphics or equivalentIntel HD Graphics or equivalent
Display22” Widescreen13"
Hard DriveRotational / SSD
500 GB / 512 GB
Rotational / SSD
250 GB / 256 GB
Operating SystemCurrent Windows Operating SystemCurrent Windows Operating System
Network Adapter (LAN)Gigabit SupportGigabit Support
Wireless Networking (WLAN)N/A802.11ac
Warranty3 Year3 Year with Accidental Damage Coverage
Optional Recommended Peripherals
WebcamWith MicrophoneWith Microphone
Battery Backup600W or higherN/A
Optical DriveExternal DVD WriterExternal DVD Writer
Sound Output DeviceSpeakers or headphonesN/A


Mac Computers


Processor/CPUIntel Core i5
5th Generation (2.8GHz)
Intel Core M 1.2 GHz
Video CardIntel HD Graphics 5000 SeriesIntel HD Graphics 5300
Hard Drive500 GB or 256GB SSD500GB or 128GB SSD
Operating SystemLatest Mac OSLatest Mac OS
Network Adapter (LAN)Gigabit EthernetApple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Wireless Networking (WLAN)802.11ac802.11ac
WebcamFacetime HDFacetime HD
Warranty3 Year Apple Care Protection Plan3 Year Apple Care Protection Plan
Optional Recommended Peripherals
Battery Backup600W or higherN/A

Optical Drive

External DVD WriterExternal DVD Writer
Input DevicesN/AThunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter


Educational Discounts

Most computer manufacturers offer educational discounts on their websites. Shop around for the best price and warranty before purchasing.  UWF does not endorse or recommend a specific vendor or manufacturer; however, the following are examples of educational stores that are available:

Dell University

Apple Educational Store



Microsoft Office

University of West Florida Information Technology Services is providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to students at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage program. Each student may install this software on up to five computers.  Details can be found here:

Microsoft Office is also available for free through UWF’s eDesktop Virtual Computer Lab.


Anti-Virus Software

UWF provides free McAfee anti-virus software for personal computers. Most new computers come with a trial copy of anti-virus software, but when it expires the computer becomes vulnerable. It is important to use a non-trial version like the software available from UWF. Download McAfee from MyUWF by searching for “Software.” In addition, all personally-owned computers should be regularly scanned for spyware with a legitimate anti-spyware program such as Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (

ITS Help Desk

(850) 474-2075