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Technical Specifications for Laptops and Mobile Devices

Specifications are based on requirements of applications used in learning and examination activities

Laptop Specifications


REQUIRED in: College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions; RECOMMENDED in other colleges/schools.
  • A Windows (OS 10) or Macintosh laptop (version Mojave 10.14 or newer) is required for coursework in the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing and the School of Health Professions. 

  • Webcam for video/audio (either the laptop's own embedded camera/microphone or as an external USB connected device).

  • Laptops with other operating systems such as Linux or Chromebook are not sufficient to meet this requirement and are not supported for academic use.

  • Mobile tablets without integrated physical keyboards such as the Apple iPad and Android tablets are not sufficient to meet this requirement.

Mobile Devices

  • Mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone and Android devices are compatible with our network and are in wide usage. However, they are not sufficient for all classroom activities.

Software Recommendations

Office Suites
  • Microsoft Office 365 is required. As a licensed user at Downstate, you can download it from your online O365 email account and install it free for your own use. See the Get Help guide on "Software".

Antivirus/Internet security software is required.


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