Computer Recommendations for Students

Computer Recommendations
For Students

This guide will help most students looking to buy a new computer to support your learning needs at Harvard, but it's also a good idea to ask if your academic program or School has specific system recommendations. 
 

The basics

For your primary device, we recommend most students use a Windows or Apple laptop computer that meets the minimum or recommended specifications below. We don't recommend tablets or Chromebooks as your primary device.

For Windows computers

Operating system:

 
  • Minimum: Windows 10 (Home)
  • Recommended: Windows 10 (Pro, Education, Enterprise)

Processor:

 
  • Minimum: Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (7th Generation) or AMD Ryzen 5 1000 series
  • Recommended: Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (8th Generation) or AMD Ryzen 5 2000 series or later generations

Memory:

 
  • Minimum: 8GB
  • Recommended: 16GB or more

Hard Drive:

 
  • Minimum: 256GB or larger hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Recommended: 500GB or larger SSD

For Apple Mac computers

Operating system:

 
  • Minimum: MacOS Mojave 10.14
  • Recommended: MacOS Catalina 10.15 or more recent

Processor:

 
  • Minimum: Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (7th Generation)
  • Recommended: Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (8th Generation) or Apple M1 processor

Memory:

 
  • Minimum: 8GB
  • Recommended: 16GB or more

Hard Drive:

 
  • Minimum: 256GB or larger hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Recommended: 500GB or larger SSD