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Computer Recommendations

PCOM supports both Windows and Apple systems. In general, the newer the laptop or computer, the better your experience will be.

Which computer should I purchase?

Before you purchase a laptop or desktop computer, we recommend you to examine how you will use it. Your work habits, possible fields of study and interests should shape your decision.

Decide between a Mac or a Windows system. The platform should match your interests. In general, both will work on PCOM’s Network. Many of the major vendors, such as Apple, Dell, Lenovo and HP offer discounts to students.

Tablets such as iPads may not support every system or program so we recommend using them as a supplement, rather than a replacement, for a traditional laptops and computers.

Hardware recommendations

If you are planning on buying a computer to use for the next three or more years, we would recommend the computer you select meet the following specifications:

Processor

Intel Core i5 or newer

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10
or Mac OS Mojave

Office Suite

Microsoft Office 2016 or later for Windows 
or Microsoft Office 2016 or later for Mac, or newer
or Office 365 (made available to PCOM students free of charge)

Memory (RAM)

8 GB of RAM, or higher

Storage

128 GB hard disk or higher

Examplify® requirements

Examplify is secure test-taking software for student's computers. The software locks down the testing environment so that students cannot user the Internet or other programs during exam sessions.

Windows

Examplify can be used on most modern Microsoft Windows-based computers (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years). Please see specific system requirements as noted on ExamSoft's website. Examplify cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.

Minimum System Requirements for Windows

Mac OS X

Examplify can be used on most modern Mac OS X based computers (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years). Please see specific system requirements as noted below. Examplify cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments. View the website below for specific requirements needed to use Examplify on your Apple Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro natively.

Note: 2018 MacBook Pro users must download version 1.6.2 from the ExamSoft portal.

Minimum System Requirements for Mac OS X


PURCHASE DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE


Discounted software is available to students via journeyed.com.

Please note that Office 365 is made available to all PCOM students free of charge.