The information provided below should be sufficient to purchase a laptop. If the laptop meets or exceeds the specifications below, there should be no issues. Please note the recommendation against using Macs for students in engineering majors, excluding Computer Science and Cyber Security. Many programs required for Engineering classes only run on Windows. Mac users will be required to install Windows on their Macs if they need to run these programs.
Ethernet adapter: Wireless connections can be slow in dorms or classrooms with dozens of students using laptops, phones, and other devices connected. A USB/USB-C/Lightning to Ethernet adapter and a ethernet cable will allow a wired connection for laptops that do not have a built-in Ethernet jack.
UA Box: UA Box is a free, unlimited cloud storage service provided to University of Alabama students, faculty, and staff via Box.com. UA Box is accessible on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, and data is encrypted both in transit and storage. If your laptop is lost or damaged, you will still have access to all documents saved on Box.