Computer Recommendations

What computer specs do recommend?

If your laptop was purchased in the past four years and has been updated regularly, it will work on the RC campus. 

IT recommends the following system requirements: 

  • Core i5 10th/11th Generation / AMD Ryzen 5 
  • Win 10 Pro 64-bit 
  • 8 GB RAM 
  • 256 GB SSD 
  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) Resolution 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Bluetooth 


Please note that systems purchased through Roanoke's Recommended Laptop Program will be given priority support.

Roanoke's Recommended Laptop Program

Roanoke College has partnered with Lenovo to design the recommended laptops. The computers come with an extended 4-year warranty designed to last each student until the end of their college career. If you are an incoming freshman, we recommend waiting until at least June to purchase your computer so that the warranty will carry you through four years at Roanoke College. These computers are listed at significantly discounted prices, special for Roanoke College students, faculty, staff, and parents.  

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ThinkPad Yoga

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As part of your Technology Fee, you can receive a free copy of  Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac (RC email address and password required to access).

As part of your Technology Fee, you can receive a copy of Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac (RC E-Mail Address and Password required to access).

IT technicians will fix everything covered under your warranty for free.