Recommended Computer \ Regional & Community Planning (RCP) \ Real Estate and Community Development (RECD)

Fall 2024 - Spring 2025

Bachelor of Science RECD Students and non-baccalaureate (NB) RCP Students will need to purchase a GIS-capable computer before they take GEOG 508 (4th semester) and then PLAN 510 and PLAN 640 (5th semester).
Post-baccalaureate (PB) RCP Students will need to purchase a computer before they begin their 1st semester.



Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 Laptop

You will need to customize this laptop before purchasing.
Choose the following options:

    • Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor 155H
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • Intel® Arc™ Graphics
    • 16GB, 2x8GB, LPDDR5X, 6400MT/s
    • 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
    • 4 Years ProSupport
    • $1,429

Online orders:
Jeremy Morse
Business Development Manager
Dell | EDU Member Purchase Program


Lenovo Notebook ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 Gen 9 (21KFS08Y00)

    • Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 155U Processor
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • Integrated Graphics
    • 16 GB LPDDR5X-7500MHz
    • 512 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 TLC Opa
    • 4Y Onsite Warranty
    • $1,600

Online orders: Lenovo Student Purchasing
Joe Kenney
Senior Account Executive
Higher Education KS/NE/SD/ND/WY/MT
Lenovo United States


4 year on-site warranty is highly recommended.


24" wide aspect 16:9 monitor
2560x1440 @ 60 hz
Lenovo ThinkVision P24q-30 23.8 inch Monitor


Surge suppressor power strip or uninterruptible power supply.
6ft cord minimum (up to 10ft) with 6 outlets.
$25 - $250


Cat 6 Ethernet cable.
10ft to 15ft recommended.
$5 - $15

Ethernet adapter for laptops highly recommended.
Desktops have a built in Ethernet.
$10 - $50


Laptops have a built in webcam.

Removable storage

  • Flash drive.
  • External hard drive. Capacity should exceed the internal hard drive capacity of the computer, used for backups and archiving.
    $100 - $200


Windows 11 Pro 64bit
There are multiple versions of Windows 11, ensure you have the PRO version and not the HOME version.

Microsoft Office
Available FREE through K-State Office 365 Webmail.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Software may be purchased from Adobe at academic discounts.
Check Adobe's storefront for current pricing.

Autodesk applications offered via the Autodesk Education Community.
Available FREE at
It is recommended to wait until you have received the syllabus from your instructor before downloading and installing Autodesk applications.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Available FREE under the K-State ESRI Educational Site License. See the ESRI Products, Use, and Sources summary sheet for details concerning desktop and online software options and sources/procedures.

Additional software may be specified in your instructor’s course syllabus.

Recommended options

Protect your investment from accidental damage or theft. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and verify coverage, recommend purchase of a separate policy for your equipment if necessary.