Personal Computer Recommendations

Xavier supports both Mac (OSX) and PC (Windows 7/8) computers, and does not require any particular brand, make or model. However, we recommend that you purchase a system with the approximate specifications below.  Consider a 4 year extended warranty, including coverage for Accidental Damage.  Standard 1 year warranties do not cover physical damage.

PC or Apple Laptop/Desktop Specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7
RAM: 4+ GB
Hard drive: 200GB or larger
Connectivity: Wired Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 a/g/n or 802.11ac (note: on PC systems, Intel wireless adapters have the best performance)
 

You may also want to consider if you need a CD/DVD-RW drive.  Many laptops no longer feature these drives, and most things are available online versus on physical media.

You may also want to consider how you are going to backup your data.  You can use USB sticks, external hard drives, or cloud based storage.  Your Xavier email account includes OneDrive, which offers 50GB of cloud storage.