BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE

Paul Smith’s College requires that all incoming students are required to bring a mobile computing device that meets the minimum specifications described on the Information Technology website.

When purchasing a computer, you will be faced with an overwhelming number of choices and features.  Below are minimum specifications for computers based on major.  No matter which computer you bring to school, it should be newer than 3 years old and we strongly recommend purchasing a warranty which includes accidental damage.

Must be laptop or similar (not a tablet).

Wireless network card

Operating systems Windows 7 or newer (Windows 10 preferable)

Please note: Apple laptops connect to the PSC Network, but are not supported.  Not all software used by your professors will be compatible with Apple products.

Minimum Specification for Students in:

Ecological Restoration, Environmental Science, Forestry, Fisheries/Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Natural Resources and Conservation Management and Sustainable Community & Working Landscape majors.

Must be a laptop or similar (not a tablet) and newer than 3 years old.

CPU: 2.2GHZ minimum; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended

Processor: Intel I3 or equivalent processor; Intel i5 or i7 or equivalent strongly recommended.

Connectivity: USB 2.0 or greater connection

Memory: 4GB minimum, 8GB Recommended

Display: 24-bit color

Disk Space: 250GB minimum

Graphics: Intel HD 500 chipset or better – 64 MB RAM minimum; 256 MB RAM or higher recommended. NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets supported.

Networking: Wireless network card required

Accidental Warranty strongly recommended.

 

Minimum General Specifications:

Required for all other majors

Must be a laptop or similar (not a tablet) and newer than 3 years old.

Processor: Intel I3 processor or higher capable of running Microsoft windows 7 or higher

Memory: 4GB RAM

Connectivity: USB 2.0 or greater connection

Audio: microphone and audio out (headphone or speaker)

Screen: 14 Inch Display

Disk Space: 250GB Hard Drive

Networking: Wireless network card required

Input Device: Keyboard and touchpad or mouse

Accidental Warranty strongly recommended.

CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

The IT Department provides very limited assistance for personal devices. We will work with students, faculty and staff to get their devices connected to our network but we do not provide direct hardware and software support. We recommend getting warranty and support services directly from the manufacturer of the device. Incoming students are required to bring a laptop device that meets the minimum specifications (listed above) and several local and remote support options are listed below.

Online Support:

Local Businesses:

Adirondack Computers & Technologies

Best Buy

Onsite Computer Services

  • Phone: 518-891-5000
  • Address: 72 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983