Computer Recommendations

As a student in Engineering at the University of Windsor, you have access to multiple computer labs equipped with the software required to complete your degree. 

You will not be expected to install Engineering software onto your personal computer, though some students find it convenient to have their own system to use.

The minimum computer recommendation is one with an i5 Processor, 1920x1080 display, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.  Example (August 2023): Lenovo ThinkBook 13s, i5-1240P, 2560 x 1600 display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1048

The recommended computer configuration is one with an i7 Processor, 1920x1080 display, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with discrete graphics. Example (August 2023): Dell G15 Gaming Laptop, i7-13650HX, 2560x1440 display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 - $1500

There are many manufacturers that have laptops that can meet these specifications. We recommend that you get one from Dell, Lenovo or Microsoft and purchase a 3 year warranty when you get the laptop. Your Internet speed should be 15 Mbps or greater. If you share your internet connection with other students, you may need more than 15 Mbps. You will want an unlimited usage plan if it’s available to you.

First-Year Handbook 


Office for First Year Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, University of Windsor
Room 1160, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation
519-253-3000, Ext. 2560