Recommended hardware for studying

Computer

It is highly recommended that the student obtain their own personal laptop for their studies. A laptop allows you to study anywhere, for example at campus and at home.

Web camera

The student needs a webcam for online meetings during their studies. Most laptops have a built-in webcam, so you may not need an external webcam.

Headset / Microphone

During their studies, the student will participate in online meetings to discuss with other participants. A microphone is required for online appointments. Almost all laptops have a built-in microphone, but this microphone is not recommended for use in online meetings due to audio issues. The built-in microphone is sensitive to keystrokes and enviromental noise.

For this reason, students are advised to obtain and use an external microphone or headset. An external microphone greatly enhances the sound quality and experience of other participants in the online meeting.

However, if you need to attend an online meeting with a built-in / low quality microphone or from a very noisy environment, it is highly recommended that you mute your microphone whenever you stop talking.

External hard drive or USB memory stick

Backing up your files is very important so that your school work is not lost, for example, if your computer's hard drive breaks down. It is recommended that the student keep and back up the files they use in their studies. The primary storage and backup location is the Centria OneDrive cloud service, available to students free of charge, with 1TB of storage space for each student. In addition, the student can also obtain an external hard drive or USB memory stick for backing up files.

Recommended laptop hardware requirements

When purchasing a laptop, keep in mind that you will be using the laptop throughout your studies, so the operating ergonomics of the laptop are an important factor. For example, a smaller sized 13-inch laptop is much easier to carry than a 17-inch laptop. Also keep in mind that your laptop can also be connected to a larger external monitor if the laptop has proper connection ports (HDMI) to allow it.

Recommended minimum hardware requirement for a laptop:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 or macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen3
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage space: SSD 128 GB (The student's main storage location for files is OneDrive with 1TB of storage space.)
  • Video card: Integrated video card
  • Connections: two USB 3.1 ports and

 

Recommended hardware requirement for laptop:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 or macOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage space: SSD 256 GB (The student's main storage location for files is OneDrive with 1TB of storage space.)
  • Video card: Integrated or possibly separate video card
  • Connections: two USB 3.1 ports

 

The above recommendations are for laptops currently available in stores that generally contain newer generation components. If you are purchasing a used computer, consider how old the computer and its components are. If you are studying technology, use discreation of whether you need a more powerful computer for your own studies.

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