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New Technology Purchase Recommendations

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 at Contact your internet service provider if you have questions about your plan.

Hardware and Peripherals

For most normal day-to-day applications

  • Intel Core i5 Processor (9th generation or newer) or AMD Ryzen 5 (2000 series or newer)
  • 8 GB RAM minimum (16 GB recommended)
  • 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 (9th generation or newer) or AMD Ryzen 7 (2000 series or newer)
  • 16 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

Low end

Medium end

Higher End

Kingston DataTraveler

Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB


Microsoft Office 365 Apps

Students and employees can download Microsoft Office for free by following the directions here:

How Do I Get Microsoft Office 365 Apps for Free?


Free Office suite for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Free PDF reader software from Adobe


Greenshot is a free light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming

VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

More to come. Check back soon!
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