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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 Desktop

Windows Laptop


Apple Desktop

Apple Laptop

Processor/CPUi3 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Series or AMD Equivalenti3 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Seriesi5 Seriesi5 Seriesi7 Seriesm3 Seriesi5 Series
Memory/RAM6 GB16 GB6 GB16 GB4 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB
Hard Drive/Storage250 GB512 GB250 GB500 GB SSD128 GB SSD250 GB SSD500 GB (Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm)1 TB (Fusion Drive)128 GB256 GB
Video CardIntegrated GraphicsDual-Monitor SupportIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated Graphics
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 10Windows 10Windows 10Windows 10Windows 10Latest macOSLatest macOSLatest macOSLatest macOS
Network Adapter (LAN)Gigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetUSB Ethernet AdapterUSB Ethernet AdapterGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetUSB Ethernet AdapterUSB Ethernet Adapter
Warranty3-year Basic3-year Basic3-year Basic + Accidental Damage3-year Basic + Accidental Damage1-year3-year + Accidental Damage1-Year3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan1-Year3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
Additional Peripherals
Battery Backups (UPS)OptionalOptionalN/AN/AN/AN/AOptionalOptionalN/AN/A
Optical DriveOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
External AudioOptionalSpeakersOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalSpeakersOptionalOptional
WebcamOptionalOptionalOptionalHD Webcam w/MicrophoneIntegratedIntegratedIntegratedIntegratedIntegratedIntegrated
Covers/CasesN/AN/AOptionalOptionalOptionalType Cover KeyboardN/AN/AOptionalOptional

For many new Apple computers, we recommend a USB-C-to-USB adapters.

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:

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 in the Office 365 Student Advantage article.

Microsoft Office is also available for free through UWF’s ArgoApps.

Anti-Virus Software

It is recommended for all computers to have a reputable, commercially-available anti-virus software installed. 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 of an anti-virus. In addition, all personally-owned computers should be regularly scanned for spyware with a legitimate anti-spyware program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. For further information on viruses, please refer to the Help Desk's article.

Adopted 3/29/17

ITS Help Desk

(850) 474-2075