Does your computer and Internet meet UB's minimum recommendations?

Aaron Bola poses for a portrait at his apartment in Buffalo on the day of his graduation from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on May 1, 2020. The ceremony was presented virtually because of the COVID-19 response. Bola will be doing his residency at NYU in emergency medicine.

Aaron Bola poses for a portrait at his apartment in Buffalo on the day of his graduation from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on May 1, 2020.

Photograph by Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Published June 23, 2020

The UB experience is face-to-face, virtual and everything in between. And, with the right device, you can do it all.

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Before you buy

Do you need to buy a new laptop before attending UB? Not necessarily. If your computer has a webcam, the latest Windows or MacOS operating system, and meets the rest of UB’s recommendations, you should have no problem.

But if your current computer is older, and doesn’t meet the basic recommendations, it’s time to think about something newer.

Some schools, like UB's School of Architecture and Planning and Graduate School of Education, have their own preferences about student technology. Be sure to check with your school or department before you start classes or buy a new device. 

Also, check UB’s list of free software—you could save money by declining pre-installed software, like Microsoft Office, and downloading it for free from the UBIT website instead.

Windows or Mac laptops do it all

UB students tell us they prefer laptops for their power and portability. For the most part, it doesn’t matter whether you prefer Windows or Mac computers—UB supports both.  

While it’s recommended you bring your own personal device, UB has both Windows and Mac computers for students to use in our public computing sites.

What about Chromebooks?

Unfortunately, although cost-effective, Chromebooks are lacking in a few key areas and are not recommended or supported by UB. As one example, they don’t support Zoom, which many UB instructors use for virtual classes and office hours.  

Take advantage of student discounts

If you’re buying a new computer, you should know that students often receive discounts and special offers on hardware and software. 

Our website has links to find educational discounts from Apple and Lenovo, $100 rebates on Dell laptops over $499 and more, but you should always ask about student discounts whenever you’re buying new technology, no matter where from.

Is my Internet good enough?

We recommend following Zoom’s bandwidth requirements—600kbps up/down for 1:1 video, 800kbps up/down for group video. 

Get help with technology at UB

Got questions about technology at UB? We have answers! Contact the UB Tech Squad for help, online at buffalo.edu/ubit/help or by phone at 716-645-3542.