Recommended System Specifications for Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Webcams and microphones

Most recent laptop models have a built-in camera and microphone that work well with web conferencing systems. You may also find some affordable solutions (such as the ones listed below) to purchase.


Most recent laptop models have a built-in microphone that works well with web conferencing systems. If you wish to get a headset, here are two options that we use in our IT Service Desk.


All recent laptops have a built in Wifi adapter however most do not come with a dedicated ethernet port. If you are living in a residence hall, South Campus Commons or Courtyards, it is recommended to also have an ethernet connection. You can purchase a USB ethernet adapter or USB-C ethernet adapter if your device does not have a port. 

For instructions on how to set up the ethernet connection, see Connecting to Wired Ethernet at Residence Halls, South Campus Commons, and Courtyards.


Protecting your device

In the event an accident occurs, there are multiple 3-4 year warranty options available. From Basic manufacturer's warranties to extended service plans. 

Terrapin Tech offers warranties for multiple types of devices. Visit the Terrapin Tech store website for more information on the warranties offered and how to purchase them

Below are some tips to avoid a possibly expensive and time consuming accident.

  1. Keep your desk clear. More clutter on your desk means more of a chance something could fall onto and damage your device.
  2. Avoid having charging cords or peripheral cords dangling over desks or counters. It poses a tripping risk and your device could fall to ground with cord.


Terrapin Tech

Terrapin Tech carries a variety of configurations to meet the needs of UMD students, faculty, and staff. They can be purchased at Terrapin Tech Store Online or in our physical location on the ground floor of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ). Call Terrapin Tech at 301.314.7000, or email for more information.

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