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Overview

The hardware listed below will meet typical computing needs for most UWF students.  Configuration upgrades may be required for certain applications, research projects, etc. Some applications are available to use from ArgoApps, UWF's virtual computer lab, which provides students access to many desktop applications from various types of computers, even tablets! 

Hardware not listed below may have incompatibilities with software such as Respondus Lockdown Browser.

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

MinimumRecommendedMinimumRecommendedMinimumRecommendedMinimumRecommendedMinimumRecommended
Processor/CPUi3 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Series or AMD Equivalenti3 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Series or AMD Equivalenti5 Seriesi5 SeriesIntel i5 Series or M1Intel i7 Series or M1 ProM1M1 Pro
Memory/RAM8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB8 GB16 GB
Hard Drive/Storage250 GB512 GB SSD250 GB512 GB SSD128 GB SSD256 GB SSD256 GB SSD
256 - 512 GB SSD
128 GB SSD256 - 512 GB SSD
Display20"27"13"15.6"12.3"12.3" - 13.5"24"27"13"13" - 16"
Video CardIntegrated GraphicsDual-Monitor SupportIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated GraphicsIntegrated Graphics
Operating SystemWindows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11Supported macOS (most recent 3 releases by Apple)Latest macOSSupported macOS (most recent 3 releases by Apple)Latest macOS
Network Adapter (LAN)Gigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetUSB Ethernet AdapterUSB Ethernet AdapterGigabit EthernetGigabit EthernetUSB-C-to-USB adapter
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.

Other Options

Other computing options such as Chromebooks and tablets have not been completely tested and may have incompatibilities with software such as Respondus Lockdown Browser. 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.

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 2/15/2022

Modified 10/25/2022



ITS Help Desk

(850) 474-2075
helpdesk@uwf.edu