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Recommended Computer Hardware

Desktop and Laptop Computers

Whether using a personal or university provided computer, following the technical specifications below will help ensure the greatest compatibility with the latest operating systems, software applications, and web-based technologies.

Laptop Computer Guidelines

  • 13" screen minimum, 17" recommended
  • Minimum 2GHz processor
  • Minimum 2GB of RAM memory - 4 GB recommended
  • Built-in 802.11 g/n wireless
  • Built-in camera

Desktop Computer Guidelines

  • Large, wide screen flat panel display
  • Minimum 2GHz processor
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM memory - 8 GB recommended
  • Built-in 802.11 g/n wireless
  • Built-in camera

To find out if your school or college has specific computer requirements, check the Technology Viewbook PDF located on the KSU Information Services web site or contact your department head.

Faculty Computer Refresh Program

Full-time tenure-track and non tenure-track faculty members at the Kent campus are covered by the computer refresh program. This program ensures that Kent campus faculty members have current computers available for their use at little or no cost to their department. Click on the link to find out more about the Faculty Computer Refresh Program or email questions to

A list of local IT support is available at the KSU online support center.

Additional Hardware

USB Headset with Microphone
  • A good USB headset with microphone is recommended for online courses that require creating audio content or interacting with students synchronously online using audio. Older headsets with 3.5mm jacks will work, however, USB headsets produce higher quality audio recordings.

Handheld Digital Recorder

  • A hand held digital audio recorder may be preferred for "untethered" audio recording for creating course content. To achieve the highest quality audio recording a lapel mic should be used in conjunction with a hand held audio recorder. The digital audio recorder MUST be able to save audio files to the .mp3 file format.

USB Web Camera

  • A USB camera is recommended for capturing video using a desktop or laptop computer. High definition video capabilities at 720p resolution will produce higher quality results than standard 480p resolution cameras. Other features to consider are: built-in microphone with echo and noise reduction, light correction technology, and automatic face tracking. Be sure to check operating system requirements and platform compatibility.