While owning your own laptop computer is not a requirement for the iMedia program, you may want to consider purchasing one. If you already have a laptop, and it's less than 3 years old, you are encouraged to bring it to class. You may discover that you need a faster one, or a newer one.
If you don't need a computer but want to learn about our recommended accessories like external storage and more, head over to our Equipment List.
So, if buying/upgrading a computer, aim for these specifications.
- A Mac
- We use Macs. If you have a PC laptop and you're a ninja on it, no worries. If you're on an older PC laptop and don't understand it, don't use it.
- A solid-state internal hard drive
- Size is less important, as we'll be using external hard drives for much of our content. All new Macs come with the option of a solid-state drive.
- Ample RAM
- 8GB is ok, 16 is better. Right now, new Macs have the RAM soldered on, so you cannot upgrade / remove. Also, there should be a new 'family' of Mac laptops coming out in the next year or two that will have much, much faster RAM.
- Optional Upgrades
- You can get a faster processor and upgrade the video card, but these are of minimal benefit unless you're doing a lot of video or 3D work in Premiere, After Effects, and/or Unity. If you plan to do a lot of video, gaming, VR, or 3D editing on your machine, then upgrade to a faster processor and video card!
- You are eligible for an academic discount, worth 10% off all Mac products. Follow this link:
- Each year, Apple has a summer special that lets students get some free junk along with a purchase:
- Macs have not seen significant upgrades in the past couple of years.
- The processor and RAM options have NOT changed in 3 years on a Mac.
- If you cannot afford a new one, get an old one!
- If you want to wait a year to get a better Mac with more expandable RAM, that may be a good idea.
- When in doubt, consult the Mac Rumors Buyer's Guide at https://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac
- If you want buying/upgrading advice, talk to me: Brian Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org