Device Recommendations for Undergraduates

All Western Engineering students have full access to dedicated 24/7 lab environments that provide all the software and hardware that they will require for course material. As well, students have access to educational software at no charge, including Microsoft products and course software. This software may be installed on personal computers where licenses permit. 

General guidelines for personal devices are listed below.

Specification

Minimal Performance / Entry Level Specifications

Better Performance / Longer Term Specifications

CPU

i5 or AMD Equivalent 

i7 or AMD Equivalent

Memory

4GB

8GB+

Wi-Fi

802.11n

802.11ac

Display Resolution

1680x1050

1920x1080

Hard Drive

250GB HDD

250GB+ SSD

To ensure compatibility with Solidworks, please ensure the video card within your device is listed here.  http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html


Windows vs. Mac

Course software is Windows-based in almost all instances. A Mac is acceptable, however students may encounter some issues depending on the software package required. Students who choose to use a Mac computer will need to find a way to run Windows on their computer, either through Virtual Machine software or the Mac Boot Camp assistant.

As a result of these complications, ITG recommends that Engineering students use a Windows computer.