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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

2-in-1 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/RAM8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB
Hard Drive/Storage250 GB512 GB SSD250 GB512 GB SSD128 GB SSD256 GB SSD1 TB Fusion or 256 GB SSD
256 - 512 GB SSD
128 GB SSD256 GB SSD
Display20"24"13"15.6"12.3"12.3" - 13.5"21.5"27"12"13" - 15"
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 EthernetApple USB-C-to-USB adapter
Apple USB-C-to-USB adapter
Warranty3-year Basic3-year Basic3-year Basic + Accidental Damage3-year Basic + Accidental Damage2-year + Accidental Damage
3-year + Accidental Damage3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan
3-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 3/4/19

ITS Help Desk

(850) 474-2075