Laptop Program

Drew Laptop Program.

Drew has been at the forefront of personal computing for students since 1984 with the introduction of the Computer Initiative, which provided a desktop computer for every student on campus. The program introduced laptops in 1988, and continued as a mandatory purchase program until 2012.

As the computing landscape has evolved, so has our student computing program. All Drew students are required to have a recent laptop that is supported by the vendor and can run the latest tools and software. Students have the option to buy a laptop through Drew from either Apple or Lenovo (links here – login required). Students are also welcome to bring a computer that meets our general specifications (listed below) if they prefer.

To order the laptops and get more information about the program, people with a Drew account can log into the Drew Laptop Program page.

Please keep in mind that Drew currently provides certain software programs to students free of charge. When purchasing a laptop, a Drew student does not need to pay a separate fee for the Microsoft Office suite, for example. You will learn more about what software programs are available (and needed for the classes you sign up for) as the start of the semester approaches.

Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Drew’s Computer Initiative program can visit the Computer Initiative Museum, an online exhibit.

Required laptop specifications

Regardless of where you purchase your laptop, it will have to meet the standards listed below.

PC Apple
Minimum RAM 8 GB

16GB RAM is strongly recommended.

8 GB

16GB RAM is strongly recommended.

Minimum Hard Drive 320 GB HDD/64 GB SSD 128 GB/256 GB SSD
Minimum Processor 2.0 GHz, Dual Core, i5 or i7

AMD Ryzen 5 or Gen 8 i5 is recommended.

Quad Core processors may be better for some students (e.g., digital art or media and communications).

2.3 GHz, Dual Core, i5 or i7

Quad Core processors may be better for some students (e.g., digital art or media and communications).

10/100/1000 Ethernet Required (Ethernet adapter if necessary) Required (Thunderbolt adapter if necessary)
Wireless 802.11n capable 802.11n capable
Warranty Minimum 1 year

3- or 4-year warranty with accidental damage protection is highly recommended.

Minimum 1 year

3- or 4-year warranty with accidental damage protection is highly recommended.

OS Windows 10 Professional 64

(Best effort for Home version)

Mac OS 10.11.7 “Sierra” or later
Audio/Video Microphone, such as the built in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones; and speaker or headphones (with necessary jacks)

Webcam, such as the built in camera or an external USB camera

Microphone, such as the built in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones; and speaker or headphones (with necessary jacks)

Webcam, such as the built in camera or an external USB camera

Antivirus Software Antivirus software program, kept up to date** Antivirus software program, kept up to date**

** Antivirus software programs are available for free. Windows comes with Windows Defender already installed. Mac users can look into the free versions of products such as Malwarebytes or Sophos (which are also available to Windows users).

Apple

13-inch MacBook Pro - Space Gray

Specifications:
• 1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
• 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
• 128GB SSD storage
• Retina display with True Tone
• Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
• Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
• Touch Bar and Touch ID
• Accessory Kit
• Backlit Keyboard - US English
• AppleCare+ for 13-inch MacBook Pro

Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad L490

Specifications:
• Intel Core i5-8265U Processor ( 1.60GHz 6MB )
• 16.0GB PC4-21300 DDR4 SODIMM SODIMM 2666MHz
• 500GB Hard Drive, 7200rpm
• Intel UHD Graphics 620
• 14.0"FHD IPS LED Backlight AntiGlare 1920x1080
• Intel Wireless 8260 (2×2 AC) with BT4.1
• Windows 10 Pro 64
• 3 Year Warranty Depot or Carry-in
• 3YR Accidental Damage Protection
• 3 Cell Li-Polymer Battery

X1 Carbon (7th Gen)

Specifications:
• Intel Core i5-8265U Processor ( 1.60GHz 6MB )
• 14.0"FHD IPS AntiGlare LED Backlight 1920x1080 Display
• 16.0GB PC3-17064 LPDDR3 Soldered 2133MHz
• 256GB SSD PCIe Hard Drive
• Intel UHD Graphics 620
• 4 Cell Li-Polymer
• Windows 10 Pro
• 4 Year Depot or Carry-In Warranty
• 4YR Accidental Damage Protection
• Fingerprint Reader
• Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2ac with BT5.0