Your personal laptop or desktop is a valuable tool to be used during your time here at Eastern. We want you to use technology to the fullest! Your professors will use Brightspace and EU email to communicate with you, and you will be able to research, write, and produce documents and projects for class. You can form valuable collaborative and social relationships here at Eastern while in your residence hall room, or in Warner Library, or in the dining commons. Our new Library setup includes ample electrical ports for recharging laptops.
CONSIDERING A COMPUTER PURCHASE? PLEASE KEEP THESE POINTS IN MIND:
- We welcome both PC and Mac products to our networks. Basic specifications:
- (PC): Pentium processor, 4-8 gigs of RAM, 500 GB hard drive,or128 GB SSD drive, wireless, Windows 7 and above is required.
- (Mac): at least 4 GB of RAM, 128-256 GB hard drive, OS 10.0 and above.
- All residence halls and main buildings provide wireless coverage. All residence hall rooms have 1-2 ethernet jacks, which require an Ethernet port on your device.
- A one year, and preferably three year, onsite warranty is strongly recommended for your computer, as our Tech Services cannot perform hardware repairs.
- Our standard software package is Microsoft Office Professional, which includes Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Educational packages containing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available. If the Office package is not included with your computer purchase, contact one of our vendors for the complete package: JourneyEd.com, Aprompt.com, and Follett, our university bookstore, offers books and online resources. Microsoft also offers a free version of Office 365 that contains Word, Excel and PowerPoint to qualifying universities. Please go to www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/students/default.aspx.
- A USB thumb or “flash” drive is an essential part of everyday computing. Use one of these to regularly back up critical documents and projects.
- Active, updated antivirus software is required on each computer accessing our network. If you do not have current antivirus software on your machine, you can go to: http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-1032014... and download the free version of AVG, which is our preferred product.
- A small printer will allow you to be self-contained, although there are also WEPA printers in the library and the McInnis Hall 105 computer lab. Space is sometimes limited in residence hall rooms.
- While we are a Dell campus, and highly recommend them for their durability and excellent service and support, other brands such as Compaq\HP, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba are also industry standards.