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Personal ("home") computer recommendations for KUMC students, faculty, and staff

These recommendations are intended to assist KUMC students, faculty, and staff with buying computers for personal use (home computers, portables, etc.) in consideration of the fact that they may be used occasionally to access KUMC resources and services.

Please note that personal computers are not to be used to access or store sensitive information including Protected Health Information (per HIPAA); Personal Identity Information; Student Financial Information (per Graham-Leach-Bliley); student demographic and academic information (per FERPA); and other forms of sensitive information. See the university's Sensitive Information Policy. Generally faculty, staff, and students should exercise discretion in accessing and storing University, Hospital, and clinical information on any personal computer.

PC Hardware Recommendations

Hardware Component

Student Minimum / Recommended

Employee Minimum / Recommended

Processor Intel Core i5 (dual core) / i7 (quad core) Intel Core i5 (dual core) / i7 (quad core)
Style Laptop (net books not sufficient), Windows Tablet, or Microsoft Surface Pro (non-Pro not sufficient) Desktop, Laptop, Windows Tablet, or MS Surface Pro
Protective Case N/A Device compatible case or backpack
RAM 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB /8+ GB
Hard Disk 256 GB / 1 TB 500 GB / 1 TB
Display 1024 x 768 / 1366 x 768 (HD) 1024 x 768 / 1366 x 768 (HD)
Networking Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wired ethernet port
Warranty 4 years 3+ years
Operating System Windows 7 Windows 10
Data Backup OneDrive OneDrive for Business (Microsoft Cloud)
Adobe Connect users Headset with a microphone Headset with a microphone
Second Life users NVIDIA or ATI graphics card NVIDIA or ATI graphics card
Students in SON distance programs A headset, microphone, and web-camera are required

 

Apple Hardware Recommendations

Hardware Component

Student Recommendation

Employee Recommendation

Processor Intel Core i5 / i7 Intel Core i5 / i7
Style Laptop Desktop or Laptop
Laptop Protective Case Carrying Case or Backpack Carrying Case or Backpack
RAM At least 8 GB At least 8 GB
Hard Disk At least 500 GB AT Least 500 GB
Display Non Retina / Retina Non Retina / Retina
Networking Laptops will need Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter Laptops will need Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter
Warranty 4 years - CPS Warranty through KU Bookstore is an option as well as AppleCare 3 years - CPS Warranty through KU Bookstore is an option as well as AppleCare
Operating System Mac OS 10 (OSX 10.9+) Mac OS 10 (OSX 10.9)
Data Backup OneDrive OneDrive
Internet Broadband cable or Google fiber Broadband cable or Google fiber
Adobe Connect users Headset with a microphone Headset with a microphone
Second Life users 2012 Mac or Newer 2012 Mac Or Newer
Students in SON distance programs A headset, microphone, and webcam are required (built in on many laptops and Macs) A headset, microphone, and webcam are required (built in on many laptops and Macs)

NOTE:   First and second year students in the School of Medicine and Health Information Management programs are eligible for a one-time financial aid budget adjustment (up to $2500) to cover the purchase of a computer. Contact the financial aid office for more information on the Computer Purchase/Electronic Purchase program.

Software Recommendations

Type

 Users

 Software

 Availability

Microsoft Office Faculty/Staff Office 2013, 2016 (Mac) A "Home Use Program (HUP)" copy is available through myKUMC.  Login to myKUMC > go to the Computing tab and select "Resources and Services" > and click on the "Purchase Microsoft Office (employees only)" link.
Students Office 365 Free, Office 365 (SOM recommends a touchscreen, stylus, of a device like a Wacom Bamboo to get the full experience of OneNote which is an intergral part of the curriculum)
Security

All

AVST (anti-virus)

Free, Avast for Windows and Avast for Mac; Avast also makes versions for Android and iOS devices.
  All Firewall Free, Windows built in firewall, enable if disabled
  All Malwarebytes (anti-spyware) MalwareBytes (free versions scans on demand, paid version catches live)
Browsers All Mozilla Firefox Free, Firefox (especially useful on a Mac)
  All Google Chrome Free, Chrome
Adobe Software All Adobe Acrobat Reader Free, Adobe Acrobat Reader
  All Adobe Flash Player Free, Adobe Flash Player
Class Participation SOM Student Reef Polling Free, Web Site (also has an iOS app)
Media Player SOM Student Windows Media Player Free, Media Player, free from Microsoft
   All Quicktime
VLC
Free, Quicktime, free from Apple
Free, VLC, www.videolan.org
Microsoft Visio HIM Student Visio 2013 Standard Edition Can be purchased from the KUMC Bookstore
Office 2016 does not include Microsoft Access which is required for the HIM program.  Parallels allows a Mac to run Windows.  A copy of Parallels and Microsoft Windows must be purchased and installed.  Then in Office 365, Access can be installed on Windows.
HIM Macintosh Users HIM Student  Parallels

 $50-80.00, www.parallels.com or
 $40- kumc.onthehub.com (select "More Software" tab)
HIM Student  Microsoft Windows (for Parallels)  $200, Windows 10 can be purchased many places
 myKUMC only sells upgrades which do NOT work

 

Last modified: May 03, 2016
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