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Technology Recommendations

The College of Education and Human Services is recommending (not requiring) students to bring personal computers to campus. Personal computers are important tools in education and society.  They are valuable for accessing and managing information resources in all disciplines, and an effective means for communication between students, faculty,family, and friends.

This page contains a gateway to commonly asked questions in choosing the appropriate device and those devices that are recommended by our University for students considering bringing desktop and/or laptop computers and other mobile devices to campus. If you have questions regarding discipline specific hardware and software please contact your academic department. General questions that can not be answered with the information provided below in regards to appropriate models for this University should be directed to the University Technology Support Center (309) 298-2704 or

What should I consider when choosing a computer to bring to campus?

Recommended Desktop Systems

Basic Windows Desktop Configuration Specifications:

  • Dual Core CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo, Etc.)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Sound Card
  • 256 MB Video Card
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 4 Year Warranty

Basic Macintosh Desktop Configuration Specifications:

  • iMac 20" 2.66 GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 Year Warranty

Recommended Mobile Devices

Western Illinois University Technology supports iPhone,  Android and Windows Mobile devices. There is currently no integrated Email, Calendar and Contacts support for Blackberry and Palm Devices.  However, if you bring a Blackberry or Palm Device to campus you can access mail via IMAP or a web browsing service if you have WiFi and/or cellular broadband capabilities. 

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Recommended Laptop Systems

Basic Windows Laptop Configurations Specifications:

  • Dual Core CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo, Etc.) of 2.0 Ghz or later
  • 2 GB RAM Minimum
  • 120 GB Hard Drive
  • Sound Card
  • Video card with DVI
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 4 Year Warranty with accidental damage protection

Basic Macintosh Laptop Configurations Specifications:

  • Macbook Pro 13" 2.53 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • 3 year warranty with accidental Damage Protection