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Technology Buying Recommendations

These guides are intended to provide some helpful recommendations for purchasing technology for use at Kansas State University. With the growth of technology use there are four guides with recommendations for purchasing new equipment. These guides are intended for all of the campus community including students, faculty and staff.

Buying a computer for college

Buying a department computer

Buying a tablet for college

Buying a smartphone

K-State encourages new students to bring a computer to college for coursework, research, and communicating with instructors and other students. These guides are intended to provide general information for the broadest use cases, it is encouraged to contact your major department for any specific needs or requirements they may have.

The university's high-speed data network allows access from residence halls, off-campus, the K-State Student Union, the library, university computing labs, technology classrooms, and numerous locations on campus with wireless coverage.

Microsoft Office

There is no need to purchase Microsoft Office before coming to K-State. Office 365 ProPlus is free for all K-Staters. It provides desktop and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office which can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five phones. Also see: 


Beginning April 8, 2014 Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft and pursuant to K-State policy these computers will not be permitted to be connected to the K-State network. Other operating systems affected by this advisory include:

  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows 2000

The following Apple operating systems are also not permitted on the K-State network:

  • 10.4 Tiger
  • 10.5 Leopard
  • All other Apple operating systems older than 10.4