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Shopper's Guide

This article provides advice on shopping for a new computer.

Overview

Although not required, owning your own computer enables you to easily take advantage of Temple's state-of-the-art technology resources for coursework, research and communication. 

If you are looking to purchase a computer, here are some things to consider:

Mac or Windows

The purchasing decision is yours, but we suggest that you check with your particular school or college to see if a specific platform is recommended before you make your purchase.

Temple does not endorse a particular brand or type, but it’s best to select a name-brand manufacturer, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or Microsoft. These manufacturers generally use name-brand components and offer reliable customer support. 

Please note that technical assistance is not available for custom-built computers.

Chromebooks and Tablets

While Chromebooks, iPads or other type of tablets are innovative and have many uses, including convenient web browsing, they are still not a replacement for a PC or Mac.

Software

Microsoft Office 365 provides current students, faculty and staff with access to the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and more at no charge. Students can download the software on up to five PCs and/or Macs at no charge through TUportal. For details, see the ITS Microsoft Office page.  

Adobe Creative Cloud is also available for current students, faculty and staff at no charge. Creative Cloud includes all of the Adobe Creative Suite apps (i.e. Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator and more). For more details on what apps are included, and how to subscribe to the software, see the ITS Adobe Creative Cloud page

Software offerings are subject to change. 

Temple students can purchase a variety of software online including Adobe programs through ThinkEdu. For some software, you can save up to 80% off regular prices.

Supported Platforms
For a list of software supported by Temple, see Supported Platforms.

Discounts

Several major computer companies offer educational discounts, as well as special discounts for Temple students. To learn more, see the Information Technology Services Educational Discounts for Computer Equipment and Software page.

Also, see each manufacturer's website for academic or educational sections. In addition, major discount retail stores offer sale prices that may compete with educational offers.

Finally, the Computer Recycling Center (CRC) sells refurbished computers and flat-panel monitors

School & College Recommendations / Requirements

Information Technology Services suggests that you first check with your particular school or college to see if a specific configuration is recommended. For example, the following two schools have posted information on their websites:

If no particular configuration is needed, you can use the recommendations below as a guide. You can also purchase an extended warranty with your system. When considering whether to buy an extended warranty, it’s a good idea to check with your credit card company to see if additional coverage is automatically provided. Below are suggested minimum requirements for Macs and PCs:

APPLE MAC WINDOWS PC
STANDARD LAPTOP STANDARD LAPTOP
  • MacBook Air and Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8 GB 
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD *
  • OS: Mojave
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD *
  • OS: Windows 10
HIGHER-END LAPTOP HIGHER-END LAPTOP
  • MacBook Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD *
  • OS: Mojave
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD *
  • OS: Windows 10
iMac STANDARD DESKTOP
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD *
  • OS: Mojave
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD *
  • OS: Windows 10
HIGHER-END iMac HIGHER-END DESKTOP
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD *
  • OS: Mojave
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD *
  • OS: Windows 10

* SSD - Solid State Drive

Printers

At most campuses, each Temple student is allotted a quota of up to 300 double-sided pages for printing papers in the computer labs. Temple also offers Print on the Go, which allows students to submit print requests wirelessly and pick up their documents at any Print on the Go print station location. 

If you would like to buy a printer, a name-brand ink jet printer is a good choice because of low-cost and versatility. Temple does not endorse a particular printer brand. When purchasing a printer, take into consideration the cost of the ink cartridges.

If you will be living in a Temple residence hall, make sure your printer is USB compatible, as wireless printing is not supported. It is also a good idea to include a USB-to-printer cable as part of your purchase.