2013 Student Computing
Technology is an integral part of the curriculum at IR/PS. The School supports a student computer lab and students can connect to a high-speed network through wireless connections from all classrooms, seminar rooms, and study areas.
All students are required to have their own laptop (notebook) computer for use at IR/PS. We strongly recommend the purchase of a new computer with an extended warranty to cover your stay at IR/PS. About 10% of the laptops that students bring to IR/PS experience a hardware failure during the school year, so be prepared.
IR/PS is committed to an open, cross platform computer environment and supports Mac and Windows computers. We highly recommend that you purchase a new notebook for use at IR/PS. The specifications below outline the minimum hardware and software we recommend you purchase. Note: a netbook or tablet style computer is not sufficient to meet this requirement.
Laptops may be purchased from any supplier. The UC San Diego Bookstore Computer Center sells many laptop models at very competitive prices, including special models that meet the IR/PS minimum requirements listed below. The Bookstore can also provide you with Microsoft Office at a very low price.
Please also keep in mind that a laptop is a delicate instrument and should be treated as such. Carefully placing it on hard surfaces and transporting it in a padded backpack will keep your laptop healthy. Due to the fragile nature of laptops, frequent data backups are a must. You should have some kind of backup solution for your data, documents, pictures and music. A USB external hard drive is a highly recommended solution.
2013 Laptop Minimum Specifications
|Specification||Minimum Windows||Minimum Macintosh|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or better
2.0 GHz or better
|Intel Core i5 or better
2.0 GHz or better
|Screen||13-in active matrix LCD||13-in active matrix LCD|
|External Video||XVGA 1024x768 or better
||XVGA 1024x768 or better
|Memory (RAM)||4 Gigabytes or more
||4 Gigabyte or more
|Storage (Hard Drive)||250 Gigabytes or larger
||250 Gigabytes or larger
|Optical Drive||DVD-RW, BluRay optional
|Networking||10/100/1000 Megabit Ethernet||10/100/1000 Megabit Ethernet|
|Security features||Fingerprint reader optional||N/A|
|Videoconferencing||Camera recommended||Camera standard|
|Warranty||Coverage through June 2016||Coverage through June 2016|
|Operating System||MS Windows 7 or 8
||MacOS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013
Must include PowerPoint (See Note 1)
|Microsoft Office 2011
(See Note 1)
|Virus Scan||Any current software
(See Note 4)
|Any current software
(See Note 4)
Note 1: MS Office includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Purchase MS Office Education version at UCSD Bookstore. Be sure PowerPoint is included with your purchase. MS Office 2008 and 2011 for Mac does not include ability to run macros and add-ins that are required in some classes at IR/PS. Free Mac software from Solver.com can provide the same features as Excel on Windows. See the Computing Services team for assistance. Not recommended for use at IR/PS: WordPerfect, MS Works, AppleWorks, Apple Pages, HWP, NJStar.
Contacts: Questions about this page and IR/PS Student Computing Requirements should be directed to Computing Services Manager Gary Hoffman, (858) 534-1989.