If you plan to bring a computer to Cal Maritime we recommend you bring a laptop for maximum flexiblity.There are a myriad of choices and configurations.
What type of Operating system?
The campus has more Windows computers and all of the computer labs run the Windows operating system. If you prefer to use MacOS, or ChromeOS on a Chromebook, the wireless network and Microsoft Office365 will work for you. Specific software applications may not work on whichever operating system you choose, so please research alternatives.
What hardware specifications are recommended?
CPU -- Intel i5 or i7 OR AMD Ryzen 2nd or 3rd gen Memory/RAM -- 8GB minimum Storage -- 256GB minimum, solid state drive or M.2 NVME
If you're buying a Chromebook, the hardware is less important. ChromeOS stores more information in cloud storage online than on the device itself.
Please read reviews. Many tech websites have buying guides, reviews and commentary to help you compare options.