Computer Recommendations

Computer systems used at VMI must meet certain minimum requirements in order to operate successfully on the Local Area Network. A cadet owned computer must be a laptop, or notebook computer. No desktop computers will be permitted in barracks. In addition all computer systems operating on the VMI LAN must contain a Network Interface Card (NIC). Equipment not meeting the recommended requirements will be given low priority and will be placed on the service list below any cadet with supported equipment or software.

Recommended Notebook Computer Systems

Listed on the Dell and Apple websites are the current recommended notebook computer systems. The equipment recommended have been found through experience to be reliable and the manufacturers have consistently offered quality service.  Information Technology has selected a Dell model which should meet everyones needs.  This in no way implies that the systems are without fault or even that they are the best systems on the market at this time.  You have the opportunity to customize your laptop according to your needs.

Should you need further information or assistance in ordering a laptop, you may contact the Barracks Help Desk at (540) 464-7643 or email

The Dell laptop has a 4 year on-site warranty and Apple laptop has an AppleCare Protection Plan which is recommended by IT. With the Dell onsite coverage, the laptop can be worked on at VMI, by our certified Dell technician.  

When purchasing a recommended model, a loaner laptop is available to users having equipment issues.

Review the Microsoft Campus Agreement before proceeding to the Dell or Apple website.

Dell laptop 

Apple laptop 

AppleCare Protection Plan.  This plan is an integrated service and support solution that extends the complimentary coverage of your Mac to three years from the computer's purchase date.