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Laptop Recommendation

Macbook Pro

Laptop Recommendation for SJGC

School of Journalism and Graphic Communication students will be completing class exercises and producing content using devices off campus. Students may utilize computers provided by the University during class times as well as the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication library, however you may not be able to complete all assignments if you rely solely on university owned equipment and software.

It is recommended that students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, Journalism, and Graphic Design should purchase a personal laptop prior to enrolling in Basic Computer Operations (GRA 1433).

Students who are enrolled in classes online will be assigned licenses for appropriate software, however students not enrolled online will have to purchase appropriate software for their personal laptops to use off campus.

Prior to purchasing a personal laptop, students should ensure that it meets all of the requirements listed below.

Laptop Recommended Specifications

Windows
  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent Intel® 7th Gen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1803 or later Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
RAM 8 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media
  • 32 GB for 4K media or higher
GPU 2 GB of GPU VRAM For a list of recommended graphic cards, see Recommended graphics cards for Adobe Premiere Pro. 4 GB of GPU VRAM For a list of recommended graphic cards, see Recommended graphics cards.
Hard Disk Space
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on removable flash storage)
  • Additional high-speed drive for media
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
Monitor Resolution 1280x800 1920x1080 or greater
Sound Card ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.



macOS
  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU
Operating system macOS v10.13 or later macOS v10.13 or later
RAM 8 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media
  • 32 GB for 4K media or higher
GPU 2 GB of GPU VRAM 4 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard Disk Space
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on a volume that uses a case sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).
  • Additional high-speed drive for media
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
Monitor Resolution 1280x800 1920x1080 or greater
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.