All incoming students are required to have a laptop or tablet to access university and college computing resources while on campus. The WCOE Dell storefront at www.dell.com/Raiders has the current models recommended for our students. We encourage you to purchase our standard models that include discounts and long warranty periods.
We recommend the students purchase a light-weight, lower cost laptop for the first two years and then purchase a power laptop as the computing demands increase in the junior year and beyond. This two-step process provides more computing power their senior year at a lower cost than purchasing a single expensive laptop as a freshman.
Engineering Computing Services (ECS) recommends the following specifications for your laptop, but upgrades will help your system process faster.
This laptop would be good for note-taking, Office programs, and web browsing, but may be slow or unable to run engineering software. This light-weight computer will be easier on the back as you walk across campus during your first two years, but it will lack power as you progress. After the first two years, you could still use this for casual browsing, note-taking, or other occasions where the heavier power laptop isn't needed.
This laptop will run engineering software, including simulations, 3D CAD, and numeric calculations you will encounter in the later parts of your degree.
Please be aware that we do not recommend MacBooks. While the Whitacre College of Engineering's Remote Lab gives students access to most of our engineering software, it's not unusual to need to run Windows freeware or student versions of software to complete your courses. In that case, Mac users will need to install and configure Windows with either Bootcamp or VMware Fusion.
The Whitacre College of Engineering powers your on-the-go lifestyle with our Remote Lab cloud computing initiative. Students can use their favorite PC or Mac computers or tablets, including iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices, to access the Remote Lab from any location with a high-speed internet connection. The Remote Lab provides access to a wide variety of engineering software without being tied to a traditional computer lab. For more information on our Remote Lab, please visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/dean/computing/remote-lab.php