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Mobile Computing

2016-17 Laptop Specifications

Below are the laptop specifications for students in Sheridan's Mobile Computing programs for the 2016-17 academic year. To see which programs require the laptop models listed below, please see the Laptop and Program Requirements page.

Windows Laptop Mainstream Configuration

Model CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Video RAM Supported OS
Mainstream i5 proccesor
or better
8 GB or higher 320 GB integrated

Windows 7 (Premium, Professional or Ultimate)
OR
Windows 8.1 (all editions EXCEPT RT)
OR
Windows 10
(Pro or Education)


IMPORTANT

  • Laptop specifications are only valid for one academic year (September through to the end of August). After the current academic year you may be required to upgrade or purchase another laptop.

  • Windows 7 Home Basic is not supported. You will be unable to download licensed software from AccessSheridan from a laptop running "Home Basic" versions of Windows 7. Windows 7 – Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate – is recommended.

  • Windows Operating Systems are available to Sheridan students from OnTheHub.

Windows Laptop Performance Configuration

Model CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Video RAM Supported OS
Performance i7 Processor
or better
16 GB or higher Min. 500 GB 2 GB

Windows 7 (Premium, Professional or Ultimate)
OR
Windows 8.1 (all editions EXCEPT RT)
OR
Windows 10
(Pro or Education)


IMPORTANT

  • Laptop specifications are only valid for one academic year (September through to the end of August). After the current academic year you may be required to upgrade or purchase another laptop.

  • Windows 7 Home Basic is not supported. You will be unable to download licensed software from AccessSheridan from a laptop running "Home Basic" versions of Windows 7. Windows 7 – Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate – is recommended.

  • Windows 8 is not supported. Users who are running Windows 8 will be responsible for upgrading their laptop to Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is available from the Microsoft Store (open the Windows Store by tapping or clicking the Store icon on your Start screen).

  • Windows Operating Systems are available to Sheridan students from OnTheHub.

Mac Laptop Mainstream Configuration

Model CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Supported OS
13" or 15" Macbook Pro w/Intel Graphics HD 4000 or higher Intel Core i7,
2.2 Ghz or higher
8GB
(16GB recommended)
250GB or higher (500GB or higher recommended) 10.9
(Mavericks or higher*)


* Mac OS versions up to and including OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) are supported

IMPORTANT

  • Laptop specifications are only valid for one academic year (September through to the end of August). After the current academic year you may be required to upgrade or purchase another laptop.

  • Purchase of the AppleCare Protection Plan is recommended for all Apple laptop purchases. You get direct access to software and hardware support from Sheridan's Mac Technologists along with direct access to Sheridan's own Apple Service Repair Centre, allowing you to have your laptop serviced without leaving the College.

  • Students can purchase online from the Sheridan Apple Store or from any Apple Store at Education pricing provided they show a valid student number. Apple's Back to School Promotions usually begin mid to late summer. We recommend waiting to purchase during the promotion period.

  • Software Provided: all Arts programs get Microsoft Office & Adobe Software. Additionally, Bachelor of Film/TV, Journalism and Journalism New Media students get Avid Media Composer. Bachelor of Film/TV students also get Pro Tools on a sign-out basis.

Mac Laptop Performance Configuration

Model CPU Speed RAM Hard Drive Supported OS
Performance
15" MacBook Pro w/Intel Iris Pro Graphics or higher
Intel Core i7,
2.2 GHz or higher
16GB or higher 500GB or higher

10.9
(Mavericks
or higher*)


* Mac OS versions up to and including OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) are supported

IMPORTANT

  • Laptop specifications are only valid for one academic year (September through to the end of August). After the current academic year you may be required to upgrade or purchase another laptop.

  • Purchase of the AppleCare Protection Plan is recommended for all Apple laptop purchases. You get direct access to software and hardware support from Sheridan's Mac Technologists along with direct access to Sheridan's own Apple Service Repair Centre, allowing you to have your laptop serviced without leaving the College.

  • Students can purchase online from the Sheridan Apple Store or from any Apple Store at Education pricing provided they show a valid student number. Apple's Back to School Promotions usually begin mid to late summer. We recommend waiting to purchase during the promotion period.

  • Students in Interior Design/Decorating can bring either a Windows-based Performance Model or an Apple Performance Model. However, if you plan to use a MacBook Pro you must be running Apple's OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher and the Boot Camp utility. Boot camp will allow you to run Windows as well as Apple's OS X. You will need to have installed your own supported copy of Windows via Boot camp for your laptop to meet the pre-check requirements. If you are using VMware Fusion or Parallels to run Windows on your Mac, the IT Service Desk cannot provide software/technical support. See the Boot Camp page for further details.
  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are available for free to qualifying students from OnTheHub.

  • Software Provided: Microsoft Office, Avid Media Composer & Adobe Creative Cloud will be made available. Pro Tools is also provided to Media Arts students. Bachelor of Film/TV students also get Pro Tools on a sign-out basis.

Windows 10 installation requires OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).