New Technology Purchase Recommendations for Students

This is a page to give students and employees an idea of what to look for when choosing hardware and software for personal devices (non-VIU) that are used for learning or work.

Your course may have specific hardware requirements. If you're unsure, contact your instructor for more information.

Please note that VIU does not endorse, recommend, or provide support for these products or services. Every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information.

Are you an instructor? Also view Technology for Remote Teaching

Internet Connection

  • At least 30 Mbps download speed per user
  • Faster speeds are required if multiple people are using the same connection
  • A minimum 10 Mbps upload speed per user for video conferencing
  • For good quality while video conferencing a wired (Ethernet) connection is preferred over wireless

You can check your internet connection speed by doing speed test. Contact your internet service provider if you have questions about your plan.

Hardware and Peripherals

Laptop or Desktop

For most normal day-to-day applications

  • Intel Core i5 Processor (11th generation or newer) or AMD Ryzen 5 (3000 series or newer)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD (solid state drive) minimum storage
  • Windows 10/macOS 10.14 or newer

Higher end for specialized applications (e.g. graphic design, video editing, CAD, gaming, etc)

  • Intel Core i7 Processor (11th generation or newer) or AMD Ryzen 7 (3000 series or newer)
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD (solid state drive) storage recommended (256 GB minimum)
  • Dedicated graphics card (AMD or Nvidia)
  • Windows 10/macOS 10.14 or newer
USB Storage


Office Suite
PDF Reader
Web Browser
Screen Recording
Audio/Video Player
Password Manager

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Article ID: 1853
Fri 8/27/21 1:44 PM
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