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Computer Needs

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Since we do not use the computer lab, you will be required to purchase a laptop computer.  The software that the computer needs to be able to run (in addition to normal Microsoft office products) is:

DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE SOFTWARE PACKAGES AT THIS TIME.  We will supply you with some of it, and some you will have to purchase, but this will be announced with plenty of time before the start of each course.
You can find detailed requirements for each package online if you want to purchase your computer directly.  However, if you want to save yourselves the hassle of finding a computer that meets all the requirements, we have discussed these needs with the Computer Connection (CC)  at the University of Maine in Orono. ,CC  provided two different alternatives that work with the above software. You can purchase these at student pricing through the  Computer Connection at umaine.edu/computerconnection.
 The two recommended models are:
Computer Connection Alternative 1:  Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2392ASUSpecs

15.6″ LED Notebook – Intel – Core i7 i7-3520M 2.9GHz – Black
1600 x 900 HD+ Display – 4 GB RAM – 500 GB HDD – DVD-Writer – NVIDIA NVS 5400M, Intel HD 4000 Graphics – Bluetooth – Webcam – Finger Print Reader – Genuine Windows 7 Professional – 12.80 Hour Battery 
Price – $1350

Computer Connection Alternative 2:  Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 627255U 

15.6″ LED Notebook – Intel – Core i7 i7-3632QM 2.2GHz – Midnight Black

1366 x 768 HD Display – 4 GB RAM – 500 GB HDD – DVD-Writer – Intel HD 4000 Graphics – Bluetooth – Webcam – Finger Print Reader – Genuine Windows 7 Professional -

Price $808