Knowledgebase: Hardware
Laptop Program: Non-Recommended Unsupported Laptops
Updated: 22 February 2021 01:53 PM

What if I already have a Laptop?

If your computer meets these requirements, we recommend that you wear it out, and when it comes time to replace it, replace it with a model we recommend. If you're not sure, consult the Laptop Help Desk.

If you already have a laptop, we recommend that it meet the following system requirements:

  • Less than 3 years old
  • Intel Core i7 Processor (Dual or Quad processor: 6th Gen Skylake or newer)
  • 8 GB RAM or better
  • 256GB SSD or better (or 7200rpm HDD)
  • NVidia Geforce or Quadro Graphics, AMD Radeon Graphics

What about XYZ brand of laptop?

We can't say whether another brand laptop may or may not be a good deal or good hardware to use. We evaluate all the computers we recommend and listen carefully to student feedback. We keep in mind that you will have this computer for three to four years. We recommend you purchase the recommended Microsoft Surface, Dell or Apple MacBook Pro.

We've seen a lot of cheap PC laptops that are hopelessly underpowered, poorly constructed and bad value for money overall, and we recommend you talk to the Help Desk before buying a machine. If your system is not a recommended system we offer no support for it:

  • We don't provide image your laptop
  • We cannot install any operating system (Windows) on your laptop
  • We do not troubleshoot any kind of issue with your computer
  • Unless it's an Apple there is no repair support. The Dell models are "return to depot" warranties. If you purchase a Microsoft warranty, the Microsoft Store at the Eaton Centre can assist you.
  • You will be required to manually install all of your software.
  • Sometimes, the software does not install at all and we cannot be responsible for any issues relating to unsupported computers.

This often results in students wasting large amounts of valuable time: your time is more valuable than the money you save buying a cheap laptop. Please purchase a recommended configuration for your program.

Installing Software on other PC Laptops

Please read our knowledgbase article on How Do I Install Software on My Unsupported PC Laptop? 

Surface Pro X

OCAD University does not recommend the Surface Pro X: do not buy the Surface Pro X.

MacBook (2015)

The MacBook (2015) is not currently supported, and not recommended for anyone at OCAD U. Why?

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is supported, but not recommended. Students need an Apple laptop model that has a minimum 256GB SSD.

Some users may be not 100% satisified with the performance of these machines, the graphics cards, and the small SSD adds additional complexity with the additional space requirements that Bootcamp support demands: students need a model that has a 256GB SSD minimum.

Why not check out the MacBook Pro instead?


iPads and Android Tablets don't run Adobe Creative Cloud

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