College of Business and Innovation

Information Technology

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Academic Support Services

Contact Us

Dean's Office
5017 Stranahan Hall
419.530.2558
419.530.7744 (Fax)
CoBusiness@UToledo.edu
Student Services
3130 Savage & Associates Business Complex
419.530.2087
419.530.5353 (Fax)
COBIAdvising@UToledo.edu

Recommended Computer Specifications for Students

The COBI Preferred Laptop Specifications

The University of Toledo is pleased to announce the College of Business and Innovation's Laptop Purchasing Program models for the 2014/2015 academic year.

What else do I need?
The University of Toledo has negotiated with Microsoft to enable a substantial discount toward various Microsoft products and accessories. However, due to vendor price discrepancies, Microsoft Office suite will not come pre-installed on COBI laptops. Therefore, in order to receive this discount, enrolled students will need to purchase Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus edition (Recommended) through the e-academy website.

Please consider backup options for your new laptop. External hard drives and jump drives are available as accessories when purchasing the laptop.

Also, Anti-virus/spyware protection will not be included in this offer. We strongly recommend purchasing an inexpensive version of McAfee from Rocket Copy, which is located inside the Student Union. Another alternative would be to purchase AVG's full version of anti-virus software which is located at www.grisoft.com, or download the basic free version from download.com.

When should I purchase?
For Fall 2014, incoming students are strongly recommended to purchase a COBI laptop prior to the beginning of the semester.

Recommended Specifications

Feature

Minimum Recommended

Preferred (if applicable)

Rationale for Recommendation

Display 14" HD (1600x900) LED 14" HD (1600x900) LED Standard screen size, going bigger or smaller with the display is at the discretion of the user
Processor Intel Core i5 (2.6 GHz) (Windows/Mac) Intel i7 (3.0 GHz) (Windows/Mac) The latest Windows operating systems and applications written for it will require advanced processors to be used effectively.
Memory 4GB 8GB Memory demands for Windows 7 will require at least 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory.
Hard disk 500 GB 750 GB This allows for storing of files from classes on the computer.  A backup solution is also recommended for storage.
Optical drive DVD+/-RW(burns/reads CDs and DVDs) DVD+/-RW(burns/reads CDs and DVDs) Recordable DVDs are more capable for backing up and transporting today’s larger computer files.
Wireless
Networking
(Effective 4/18/12)
Intel 6205 wireless cards, or equivalent with 802.11a/n 5 GHz capability, are required for all newly purchased computing systems requiring wireless connectivity. Intel 6205 wireless cards, or equivalent with 802.11a/n 5 GHz capability, are required for all newly purchased computing systems requiring wireless connectivity. This will allow machines to operate on the 5GHz wireless frequencies that provide increased throughput and roaming performance over some previously installed wireless adapters. 
Bluetooth Dell 4.0 Wireless Bluetooth Module Dell 4.0 Wireless Bluetooth Module Standard component for the Dell E-6430, no upgrade available
Video RAM 512 MB 1 GB Windows 7/8 will require a more powerful graphics card.
Operating system Windows 7/8 or Mac OS 10.6* or Higher Windows 7/8 or Mac OS 10.6* or Higher

Windows 7 is the preferred operating system on campus for students

*If you wish to use an Apple machine, extra steps and cost may be necessary to install Windows 7/8 along side the Mac OS as some applications do not have an Mac OS counterpart.

Battery 6 Cell Battery 9 Cell Battery 9 cell batteries provide optimum life for the laptop when students are in classes for long periods of time
Software Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus Software Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus Software Every laptop should have anti-virus software for protection in addition to all the latest security patches
Warranty 4 Year Limited Warranty 4 Year Warranty with Complete Care
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The warranty will cover the hardware in the laptop for 4 years in the case of any problems.  Complete care covers accidental damage as well as defective parts.

Detailed Technical Specifications & Pricing:

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Last Updated: 3/22/15