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Bring Your Own Device Model

The Wilsonville campus is transitioning to a Bring Your Own Device model. This is to ensure students have a more consistent, comfortable, and productive experience while completing school work. Laptop stations are being created in classrooms where students can use monitors on campus as their second screen by utilizing a courtesy HDMI cable. Financial aid is available for students who do not have laptops or have out-of-date laptops.

Oregon Tech encourages students to decide on which brand and model best fits their academic and financial requirements. Below are program specific recommendations for laptops and documentation to provide assistance in locating and installing your program's software.


CSET/ESET LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the CSET/ESET programs must be able to run database and virtualization software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: Visual Studio, Arduino, Java, Eclipse, MinGW, and SQL Server

Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i5 core – Intel i7 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive:256GB Solid State Drive
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is important for CSET/ESET software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8 GB should be sufficient for running a virtual machine or your software. However, if you have 2 virtual machines or more running simultaneously then your system will really start to slow down and you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. Solid state is important for speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work and still be portable. If you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. Future versions of the CSET/ESET software may not support older versions of Windows. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of CSET software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features.


EERE Laptop Guidelines


Laptops for the students in the EERE program must be able to run solid modeling and CAD software efficiently. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: AutoCAD, Matlab, Vivado, Transys, Equest, and Labview

Minimum Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i7 core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive NVMe
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs. For example, a laptop with our minimum i5 processor rates 3950 while our recommended i7 processor rates 8133.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks depend on a graphics card so it can offload some work to greatly improving the application experience. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software. (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card scores 1223 and the recommended scores 5826)

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. Future versions of the engineering software may not support older versions of Windows. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have already purchased a Mac or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase VMware Fusion or Parallels and a copy of the Windows operating system to do your coursework.

Other Considerations:
  • Battery life
  • 10-key
  • Webcam
  • Mirracast Support

EMS LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the EMS will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Most of your work will not require anything more than an i5 Intel Processor. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Software Guidelines:


IT/HI/Cybersecurity Laptop Guidelines


Laptops for the student in the IT/HI/Cybersecurity programs must be able to run database and virtualization software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: VMs with Windows Server OS and linux, Wireshark, MS SQL, Visual Studio, Visual Paradigm, VMWare Player

Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i5 core – Intel i7 core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB - 512GB Solid State Drive
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is important for IT/HI/Cybersecurity software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, having more RAM means more programs can be running at once. VMs (virtual machines) will use 2-4 GB of RAM each. In order to run three VMs at the same time and other applications, you should have 16 GB of RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. Solid state is important for speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Lower resolutions will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny . A touch screen is not needed for your school work , but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work and still be portable. If you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. Future versions of the IT software may not support older versions of Windows. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of IT software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features.


MANAGEMENT LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the Management will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Most of your work will not require anything more than an i5 Intel Processor. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Software Guidelines:


MLS LAPTOP GUIDELINES


Laptops for the students in the MLS will be used for test taking and school work. The following recommendations are for laptops that will be proficient for the next 4 years.

Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Most of your work will not require anything more than an i5 Intel Processor. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more RAM.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. A 256GB drive is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software.

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. If you prefer, you may use a Mac to complete your school work.

Software Guidelines:


MMET Laptop Guidelines


Laptops for the students in the MMET program must be able to run solid modeling and CAD software efficiently. The following recommendations are for a laptop that will to be proficient for the next 4 years.

Core Software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Matlab, and Labview

Minimum Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i5 core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
Recommended Specs:
  • CPU: Intel i7 core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive NVMe
  • Dedicated Graphics Card
  • Screen Resolution/Size: 1920x1080 14" to 15.6"
  • Windows 10 Home or above
  • Keyboard: 10 key

About the Specs:

CPU: The CPU is very important for engineering software. The CPU does almost all of the calculations in your computer. Websites like www.passmark.com will let you compare performance of different CPUs. For example, a laptop with our minimum i5 processor rates 3950 while our recommended i7 processor rates 8133.

RAM: RAM is extremely fast storage that programs use to store data for quick access. Generally, the more RAM in a computer means it can run more programs at one time. 8GB should be sufficient, however, if you have multiple intense programs running simultaneously or browsers with many tabs open then you will benefit from more.

Hard Drive: A hard drive is used to store your files and data. 256GB is enough for all of your school programs and some personal use. If you wish to store personal videos, load video games or lots of pictures and music you will need a larger hard drive. A solid state drive is important for speed and performance of your software. An NVMe solid state drive is much faster than a traditional SATA based solid state.

Graphics Card: A graphics card can render 3D images more efficiently than a CPU. Programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks depend on a graphics card so it can offload some work to greatly improving the application experience. Like CPUs, if you would like a comparison between cards you can visit PassMark Software . (Ex the minimum recommended graphics card scores 1223 and the recommended scores 5826)

Screen Resolution: At this time, 1920x1080 is the recommended screen resolution. Any lower resolution will crowd your screen with menus and toolbars. At higher resolutions, some software does not scale well and appears tiny in addition to using more resources when rendering. A touch screen is not needed for your school work at this time, but feel free to select a laptop with one if you prefer it. 14" – 15.6" is large enough to see your work, anything larger will be less portable, if you are comfortable with a small screen you can choose something smaller.

Operating System: Windows 10 is our recommended operating system. Future versions of the engineering software may not support older versions of Windows. Mac computers are not supported by several pieces of engineering software. Some programs may have a Mac version, but they often are missing many key features. If you have already purchased a Mac or strongly prefer one, you will also need to purchase VMware Fusion or Parallels and a copy of the Windows operating system to do your coursework.

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