Location: Winther Hall 1006
WITRC Lab: (262) 472-2844
Jon Spike: (262) 472-2838
Most students prefer Lightweight Laptops. They have the speed/storage/ports that most students need to last them through several years.
We recommend that you purchase a computer with the best processor that you can afford. Things to look for in a processor would be its speed, core count, and most importantly benchmarks that show its actual performance. If you are unsure about whether to buy a MAC or a PC, talk to us. The applications that you would like to use and purpose of the computer are an important factor in this decision.
Our RAM recommendation vary depending on how many applications you plan on running on your computer at a single time. For those that like to have many web browser tabs and applications running simultaneously, 8GB of RAM is recommended, but 16GB is preferred. For anything less than that, we recommend a minimum of 6GB. If you are buying a desktop or laptop and you have the option to upgrade to 16GB of RAM we recommend doing so if your budget allows.
Solid State Drives (SSD) have been one of the recent major improvements in computing. A 256GB SSD is ideal for most laptops. This storage, coupled with cloud storage (i.e. Google Drive) and good file housekeeping habits are usually sufficient. Larger hard drives are often found on desktops, ranging from 1 terabytes - 2 terabytes. If you work a lot with video and audio the larger hard drives are recommended. We recommend considering a hybrid drive, which combines some SSD storage with traditional Hard Drive storage. Also, an external hard drive can be bought to backup data. It is very important to have at least 2 copies of your important files in different locations, in case one drive fails.
UW-Whitewater provides free wireless internet access around campus. If you live in the residence halls, you can have an ethernet jack activated for faster, more secure and dependable internet.
Having paper printouts has become less important. In addition, you can send print jobs from your laptop, wirelessly, to many lab printers. You then go to the lab, login, and printout your job.
The 4U Program is run through the iCIT helpdesk area here on campus. It connects students to companies that offer educational discounts when purchasing computers and software. 4U Program