Laptop Requirements and FAQ

All Maine Maritime Academy students are required to have a Windows compatible laptop computer and printer.
Note: Certain majors will require software that does not run on a Mac.

MMA Laptop Purchasing Program

MMA has a laptop purchasing program through GovConnection.

This year’s laptop package is:

This year’s laptop package is from Dell. This laptop does not have an Optical (CD/DVD) drive, so if you feel you need one you will have to purchase an external drive separately. To purchase a laptop, please click the GovConnection link above.

Dell Latitude 5590 ($1,382.27)
Weighs 4.5 lbs
Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8350U (1.7 Ghz Quad Core)
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD
Intel HD Graphics 620
15.6″ FHD Anti-glare screen with camera and mic
4 Cell 68 W/Hr battery
4 year On Site warranty with Accidental Damage Service
3 year battery service warranty

What this package does not include: This laptop package does not come with MMA’s Office/Project/Visio bundle pre-installed.  Students will be informed at Orientation as to how they can install Microsoft office.

For any other questions about the MMA Laptop Program please contact the MMA Help Desk, at 207-326-2240.

Laptop guidelines and requirements:


  • Windows 10


  • At least a 128 Gigabyte (GB) hard drive.


  • A minimum of 4 Gigabyte (GB) of RAM, but more is always better.


  • A DVD Drive is optional equipment but can be used to back up important data.


  • Some type of removable storage media is strongly recommended.  These drives are available at virtually every computer box store as well as office supply store and are used for saving and transferring data from school computers to the student’s laptop and back.  These drives cost between $15 and $90, depending on the amount of storage purchased.


  • Inexpensive inkjet printers can be purchased for as little as $50.  Consider the cost of consumables (ink cartridges, toner) when choosing a printer.  Limited printing is available in the Library and in the Curtis Hall Computer Lounge.


  • We strongly recommend the purchase of warranty service (up to four years if available) from the laptop manufacturer.


Do I need to buy Microsoft Office?

No, MMA provides you with a copy of Microsoft Office. PC Users also get a copy of MS Visio and MS Project.

I’m an incoming Freshman, can I come in early to get Microsoft Office installed on my machine?

Our license for Microsoft Office only allows us to install the software once your are here on campus for orientation and onward.

My financial aid paperwork said that I have an expense for a computer. Does this mean one will be waiting for me when I arrive at MMA?

No, students are required to purchase their own equipment before arriving at the Academy. Per the Financial Aid office, the notice is only there to advise you on the potential total cost of your education.

I want to buy a Mac, is that ok?

It is not recommended that a student purchase a Mac unless they bring it to the Academy with some form of Windows (Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1) already on it.  There are many degree programs here that require the students to run applications that are PC only (for example: Visio and Project are two programs that are PC only, and both are used in the Engineering majors and IBL, respectively).  Failing to do so can result in the student falling behind in class.  I have also been told that there are enough differences between the Windows version of Office and Mac Office to cause difficulties.

Students can dual boot Mac OSX and Windows using a program call Bootcamp (free from Apple, requires a reboot to switch between operating systems).  Another option is VMWare Fusion (~ $60), which will allow you to start Windows whenever you need it from within Mac OSX.  Parallels is another option that allows you to run Windows inside of OSX (~ $80).  The student will be required to purchase their own copy of Microsoft Windows for any of these options (~ $100 for a Home Premium version).

Can you guys dual boot my Mac?

That is not a service that we provide.  Many of our student technicians have very limited skills working with Apple computers and thus we may not be able to handle the request in a timely manner.  It is better if the machine is brought to campus with Windows already installed.

Do I really need to buy a warranty with my computer?

While they can be expensive initially, a warranty can save you from incurring costs from damaged equipment should the worst happen.  Dropping a computer can sometimes cause hundreds of dollars in damage, far more than the cost of the warranty.

Do I need an Antivirus?  If so, which one should I get?

You will need an antivirus in order to use Maine Maritime Academy’s networks.  Which antivirus should you choose?  Windows Defender comes with Windows 10 at no extra cost and works just fine.  If you would like a third party product, Avast Free (Click Here) and Panda Free (Click Here) are also good options.

Remember that most paid antivirus programs work on a yearly subscription platform, so if you buy it this year you’ll have to buy it again next year and the year after that.

Also remember that the antivirus that came on your computer might be a 30 or 60 day Trial, so check that out before coming to school.  If it is a trial, you’ll need to decide if you want to buy it and keep using it or replace it with something else.

I’m an incoming Freshman and my computer is acting weird, can you fix it for me?

Once the school year begins, all student may bring their computers to the Help Desk, located in the basement of Leavitt Hall, for service.

[Some application] is acting weird/not doing what it’s supposed to, can you fix it?

We can try.  Maine Maritime Academy employs a number of student workers to assist students with software issues, including reinstalling Windows.

My computer was damaged and needs new parts, what do I do?

Maine Maritime Academy is a Dell Certified Depot Center and is authorized to service Dell Latitude series computer hardware (provided they have a valid Dell depot warranty or better).  The student will need to bring the damaged computer to the IT Shop in the basement of Leavitt Hall for diagnosis and repair.

MMA’s technical services for other student computers is limited to student technicians who are trained to troubleshoot basic hardware problems and assist students in setting up service calls for hardware repair. Some vendors require that laptops be shipped back to the factory, while others require that laptops be taken to the nearest authorized service center.

Choose your vendor and service level carefully for the best experience in case of trouble.

Many vendors offer on-site service for their products – here is how it works.

  1. Student calls vendor with a description of their problem, if required – vendor arranges for on-site service.  Vendor ships needed parts to their contracted service personnel.
  2. Contracted service personnel receive parts and contact the student to make arrangements to service computer at MMA.

If your warranty is expired, you may work with the student technicians regarding where to purchase replacement parts and when they (the student technicians) can install them for you.

I want to back my data up somewhere, what should I do?

Protecting your data is important.  The purchase of a CD/DVD-RW drive or Flash/Jump/Thumb USB drive can make backing up your data much easier.  Cloud services such as Dropbox or Skydrive are also useful alternatives.