Students & Parents

Buying a Computer

Laptop Recommendations

College House Computing also recommends looking at the academically discounted configurations available through Penn Computer Connection’s Back-To-School sale. All of the configurations sold through Computer Connect meet or exceed ISC’s recommendations.


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Operating System

  • The current recommended operating system on a new computer is Windows 8 or Mac OS X version 10.8.x and higher.
  • Apple computers running Boot Camp will receive best effort support.
  • Minimum system requirements for connecting to AirPennNet are:
      • Microsoft Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium or higher
      • Apple Macintosh: OS X version 10.8.x or higher
      • Earlier operating system versions have not been tested and are not supported
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8, Windows XP, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and Windows Vista Home Basic are not supported