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MAC or PC?

Q: What computer should I get? Mac or PC?

It depends on several factors. We offer suggestions for particular majors because there are some that favor one over the other. Although Loyola University Chicago does not require students to have a personal computer, it is recommended. Students who do not have a laptop are able to check one out for a small period of time at the Digital Media Lab. 

Majors such as Communication, Public Relations, Advertisement, Fine Arts, and Journalism tend to be Mac oriented. On the other hand, Business majors and Computer Science majors leans towards the PC.  This does not mean that these majors require that you get either a Mac or PC. Classes taught in a lab environment will either be in a MAC or a PAC lab.

You should consider your personal preference. Buy a computer that you are comfortable with and will know how to use.

Whether you purchase a desktop or a laptop, it is important to balance quality and performance with cost.  Loyola's ITS staff have system configuration recommendations that you can use when considering your next purchase.  Checkout the "print friendly" configurations for both Windows and Apple Computers.  Refer to the component descriptions below if you're not sure what something means.

After you decide how much you want to spend on your computer, use the configuration recommendations and shop around. Loyola has agreements with Apple, Dell and Lenovo that provide discounts on personal computer purchases.  Checkout the Apple and Lenovo links for packages and special discounts. 

Other items you should consider are:

Q: What should I consider when shopping for a computer?

There are a few components one should consider when purchasing a computer.

Q: MB, GB, TB! What do all of these mean?

All of these are units used to measure file and hard drive sizes for computers. Since computers store data in binary form (using only 0's and 1's), we start with the most basic piece of memory, the bit (b). The bit can store either a 0, or a 1. That's all.

Put eight bits together, and you get byte (B). Few files are this small.

1024 bytes gets you a kilobyte (KB). Your average office document weighs in at around 20-200kb. Also download speeds tend to be measured in kilobytes per second.

1024 kilobytes becomes a megabyte (MB). Songs are usually a few megabytes in size. Also smaller flash-drives tend to range from 128MB to 512MB.

Collect 1024 megabytes to make a gigabyte (GB). Most flash-drives these days range from 1-8GB. Hard drives are often measured in gigabytes, with sizes usually in the  range between 40GB and 120GB. Most DVDs holds 4.7GB.

Finally, 1024 gigabytes makes a terabyte (TB). 

Remote Scan

Once you purchase your device, you should run the Remote Scan software to ensure your device meets the minimum security requirements needed to access Loyola's network.


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