Student Laptop Recommendations

For the 2012–13 academic year, AAP strongly recommends all students have a personal laptop computer powerful enough to support the demanding video and computational requirements necessary for coursework, as well as have room to accommodate new software releases. Most students will build digital portfolios in addition to writing papers, and email. Some AAP classes make extensive use of Blackboard for course management and syllabus distribution. The college provides and maintains several high-end computer labs for classes, but is moving steadily toward a mobile computing environment.
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Recommended Laptop Specifications Software Used at AAP Purchasing Software and Hardware Anti-Virus Software Internet Access and Printing Services Computer Security at Cornell Contact Us

Recommended Laptop Specifications ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS It is strongly suggested that you own the recommended laptop computer, the accessories and the base software listed below. When teaching, collaborative work or “homework” moves from your studio desk to a non-lab space, you will need this mobility. Please note that the AAP IT service team will be available to provide support for your laptop.

Laptop Specifications
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Intel i7 Quad Core processor Windows 7 x64 (32 bit version has ram limit of 4GB) 8GB of RAM Dedicated video processor with at least 512MB video RAM (1GB Nvidia Quadro recommended) 500GB hard drive Gigabit Ethernet Wireless Ethernet (802.11 g/n) Three-year warranty (recommended) Theft and damage insurance (recommended) Total estimated cost is $1,500–$1,850 for minimum (XPS - Latitude E) and $2,400 for recommended (Precision)

Accessories
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USB thumb drive (16GB) USB storage hard drive/backup (500GB - 1TB) All architecture student desks in Milstein and Rand Hall are equipped with 27" LCD monitors (except for freshman)

Hard drive caddies are also present in your studio desks. In addition to a laptop a desktop may be purchased as well with the following specs.

Desktop Specs
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Dell Precision Quad Core Xeon or i7 Processor 8 GB of DDR3 RAM Windows 7 64-bit 1 GB Nvidia Quadro Video Card 500 GB hard drive Includes three-year warranty Total estimated cost is $1,750

Back to Top ART STUDENTS

The art faculty recommends that you own the recommended laptop computer, accessories, and base software below. Please note that the AAP IT service team will be available to provide limited support for your laptop.

Laptop Specifications
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Apple Mac Book Pro Quad Core i7 Processor (min 2.3ghz, recommended 2.6ghz) 8GB of DDR3 RAM Mac OS 10.8 Intel HD shared AND NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M video card 500 GB hard drive 15.4" built-in LCD (Applecare three year warranty $249) Total estimated cost is $1,900 for minimum and $2,200 for recommended

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USB, Firewire 800, or Thunderbolt storage hard drive (500GB) Anti-virus software installed and properly configured Download Symantec Antivirus and Firewall free from Cornell University IT Security here

Back to Top CRP STUDENTS AAP is moving towards a more mobile computing / connecting environment. Labs no longer provide folder / file storage for student work. The following are the recommended hardware, accessories, and base software investments for planning students. Please note that the AAP IT service team will be available to provide support for your laptop.

Laptop Specifications
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Intel Core i5 processor Windows 7 x64 (32 bit version has ram limit of 4GB) 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) Dedicated video processor with 512MB video RAM 250GB hard drive Gigabit Ethernet

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Wireless Ethernet (802.11 g/n) Three-year warranty (recommended) Total estimated cost is $1,600

Accessories
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USB thumb drive (16GB) USB storage hard drive (500GB)

Back to Top Software Used at AAP Below is a base list of software typically used in AAP. This list is never complete, nor is all software required by each discipline since curricula change as students move through their educational years. Use of non-base applications by instructors will be screened for cost and support issues by the chair of the department, and if approved, the college / department will purchase the non-base software on behalf of the students affected. CRP Majors Microsoft Office (Cornell Campus Store) Some Adobe CS6 components (Cornell Campus Store) Total estimated cost $275 Art MAJORS Microsoft Office (Cornell Campus Store) Adobe CS6 (Cornell Campus Store) Total estimated cost $275

Architecture majors Microsoft Office (Cornell Campus Store) Adobe CS5.5 (Cornell Campus Store) AutoDesk Suite (Free student edition)

Rhino (Cornell Campus Store) Google Earth (Free) Google Sketchup (Free) Total estimated cost $375 Back to Top OTHER NON-BASE SOFTWARE This software is currently available on AAP teaching computers: Audrio Processing Inventor Revit Zbrush Stata Arc GIS (We also offer a free student edition) Final Cut Pro X Google Earth Pro Google Sketchup Pro Global Mapper Geolytics Community Viz Max MSP/JITTER Maya Purchasing Software and Hardware The Cornell Campus Store sells computers that will work well for AAP students. Cornell has established good pricing contracts with Dell. Cornell sells a variety of software from Adobe, Microsoft, and others at discounted prices especially for higher education.

Back to Top Anti-Virus Software All computers that connect to any of Cornell’s networks must have an updated version of antivirus software. Cornell has a campus-wide site license for Symantec anti-virus and Symantec firewall protection, and provides this software free of charge to students. (A valid Cornell netid and password is required) Any popular anti-virus software will work, but it is required that virus definition updates be scheduled regularly on a daily or weekly basis. Download Symantec Antivirus and Firewall free from Cornell University IT Security Back to Top Internet Access and Printing Services Cornell has a wireless network that covers almost all of campus, including AAP’s buildings, so network access is easily obtainable. Cornell also offers network-based printing services for a small fee per page. AAP has numerous Net-Print printers throughout its buildings; however, printing in a student’s dorm room may require a personal printer. Back to Top Computer Security at Cornell Keeping your computer secure takes vastly less time than recovering from a security problem. If your computer is compromised, you will likely lose access to it for at least a few hours, possibly days. You may also lose any work you did since your computer was last backed up. If the security problem puts sensitive data at risk, or if your computer is lost or stolen, the effects can be far-reaching. If your computer is insecure, you are putting not only your own work at risk but also that of others on the network.

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