Hardware specifications

To help you determine which computer you need to complete your studies, we have compiled a list of Good/Better/Best/Premium specifications. Hardware and software requirements can vary greatly between programs, it is important to check for any program-specific requirements prior to purchasing your computer. You can find this information on your program webpage under Additional Information.

Unless otherwise indicated by your program, most programs require the use of PC’s as Mac computers are not compatible with most required software and applications in your program of study.

If you choose to use a Mac it is recommended you install Windows 10 on the device and ensure that it meets program hardware specifications. The College offers free access to Windows 10. To download Windows 10, and MohawkApps visit the Mohawk Web Store. For information on how to install Windows 10 on a Mac computer, visit the Apple Support Website.

Alternatively, the College has a limited number of laptops and Chromebooks for a loan to students who do not have access to online learning from home. If you need to borrow a laptop or Chromebook you can email helpdesk [at] mohawkcollege.ca, phone 905-575-2199 or go online through the Information Technology Portal.

We recommend that all computers purchased include the following items:

  • A built-in ethernet port
  • A solid-state hard drive (SSD)
  • 2-year warranty
  • 2 hours of battery life
  • Built-in webcam

 

Computer specifications
Components Good Specifications Better Specifications Best Specifications Premium Specifications
Processor I3 or equivalent processor I5 or equivalent processor I7 or equivalent processor I7 or equivalent processor
RAM 4 GB or more of RAM 4 GB or more of RAM 8 GB or more of RAM 16 GB or more of RAM
Hard Drive 250 GB or larger Hard Drive 250 GB or larger Hard Drive 500 GB or larger Hard Drive 1 TB or larger Hard Drive
USB Port 1 full-size USB port 1 full-size USB port 1 full-size USB port 1 full-size USB port
Graphics Card     High-end graphics dedicated video card High-end graphics dedicated video card
Wireless Wireless 802.11ac Wireless 802.11ac Wireless 802.11ac Wireless 802.11ac
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10