Program Laptop Policy

All students enrolled in MHCID courses are required to have a laptop they can use in classes and for their studies. MHCID recommends the following minimum laptop specifications:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • 4GB of RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 120GB hard drive or larger
  • 1024 x 768 display (1280 x 800 recommended) and 256 MB of VRAM (512 MB required for Photoshop 3D features)
  • Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or greater

Students who are interested in purchasing a laptop can do so at many places including the UW Book Store, which offers discounts to UW students on both hardware and software. Some of the recommended laptops from the bookstore are:

  • Dell Inspiron 5000 Series
  • Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
  • Alienware 14
  • MSI GT 70
  • MacBook Air/Pro

For information on academic software, please visit the HCDE technical course work and software page.