The School of Industrial Design requires that students coming into the school have adequate tools to fulfill program requirements.

Below we have provided examples of recommended (high-end) versus adequate laptops to show a range of configurations for both Windows and macOS systems. Please note that any Apple product should be ordered online as the in-store systems might not have enough memory.

Windows Computer

Example of a recommended and certified Solidworks compliant computer:

Dell Precision 7680 Series Workstation $4,389.00
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-13850HX vPro®
Video Card: NVIDIA® RTX™ 2000 Ada
Memory: 32GB, 1x32GB 5600MT/s CAMM, non-ECC
Hard Drive: 512 GB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe x4 NVMe, SSD
Other Company Recommendations with similar specs would be Asus, Lenovo, HP, MSI
Tax (13%) $570.57
Total $4,959.57

Example of an alternative good graphics-oriented computer:

DELL XPS 15 Laptop $2,899.99
Processor: 13ᵗʰ Gen Intel® Core™ i7-13700H
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070
Memory: 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz
Hard Drive: 512 GB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
Tax (13%) $377.00
Total $2,975.99


The recommended computer has a graphics card that is certified by Solidworks. The alternative computer has a very good graphics card that simply has not been tested by Solidworks, which is less of an issue for students (since they tend to work on smaller assemblies and files) and saves money. Solidworks lists all certified graphics cards at

When selecting a Windows computer, please make sure it has specifications equal to or higher than either system listed above.

Apple Computer
Recommended Apple Computer:

MacBook Pro $3,099.00
Processor: Apple M2 Pro with 10‑core CPU, 16‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine
Video Card: Integrated
Memory: 32GB unified memory
Hard Drive: 1TB SSD storage
Tax (13%)  $402.87
Total $3,501.87

Alternative Apple Computer:

MacBook Air with M2 chip $2,349.00
Processor: Apple M2 chip with 8‑core CPU, 10‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine
Video Card: Integrated  
Memory: 24GB unified memory
Hard Drive: 512GB SSD storage
Tax (13%) $305.37
Total $2,654.37


Neither of the Apple MacBook systems above are fully Solidworks compliant and certified. Many students and faculty run MacBook Pros of similar configurations with no issues and Apple offers many other benefits including ease of use and reliability.

Solidworks requires that you also install Windows 10/11 on the computer using Parallels software (again this is common and Windows 10/Windows 11 Education edition is provided for free).