Computer Recommendations

ECC Computer Recommendations


ECC Labs and installed software lists can be found here. If you would like software for personal use, you must purchase a license and install the software on your computer yourself. Software that is required for Engineering classes is already installed on the lab computers.

Engineering College Computing highly recommends that students wait to purchase a new computer until after classes have started.

Here's some advice from a fifth year student: Students will have a better idea of what kind of computer they need after seeing what they use them for both inside and outside of class. Many students purchase laptops thinking they will take notes with them, but in reality, it almost never happens (especially in engineering).


PC Recommendations:
Nearly all laptops sold in the last few years include a built-in wireless card

  Desktops Laptops
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7; AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 Intel Core i5 or i7; AMD Ryzen 5 or 7
Memory 8GB RAM or more
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Software Packages Microsoft Office 365 or 2016 (free through UT), or LibreOffice
Apple Recommendations:
Any of the laptop models: Macbook, Macbook Pro, or Macbook Air.

  Laptops
Processor Intel Core i5 or i7 | AMD Ryzen 5 or 7
Memory 8GB RAM or more
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD
Operating System macOS
Software Packages Microsoft Office 365 or 2016 (free through UT), or LibreOffice

These recommendations were last updated: June 2018



When using College of Engineering Computers:
  • College of Engineering computer labs have a wide selection of the software used in CoE classes.
  • It is recommended to use a USB flash drive or a network home drive to store files. Do not save important files on a lab computer's drive or desktop.
  • The three College of Engineering open student computer labs (North Engineering 1002, North Engineering 1047, and Nitschke Hall 1072) are open 24 hours a day with a Rocket Card.

When using UT's Wireless Network:
  • Public - does not require credentials. Requires an acceptance screen agreement before use and is outside the UT firewall.
  • Secure Public - requires UTAD credentials and is outside the UT firewall. Credentials are cached so you will not need to keep agreeing to the acceptace prompt, nor will the connection time out.

Recommended Accessories:

  • Surge protector
  • USB 3.0 flash drive (8GB minimum)


Optional Accessories:

  • Printer (don't forget a USB cable to connect it!)
  • Items not commonly included with laptops, such as mice and carrying cases, if desired.

Recommended Software: