BLHS Laptop Requirements for Student Devices 

  • Be sure to back up your files daily.  You can use your Microsoft 365 OneDrive, another type of cloud storage, like Google Drive, or an external hard disk, but whichever method you choose, be sure to back up your work frequently to avoid problems down the line.
  • Updated:  4/15/2021:  Wireless network adapter must support 5Ghz networks (also known as Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac)
  • Update:  8/21/2020 - Mac OS must be 10.13 High Sierra or higher (needed for Pearson Lockdown Browser)
  • Updated June 2019:  Windows 10 in "S" mode is not permitted.  Students must be able to load software.
  • Updated: 8/18/2018 - Minimum RAM increased (given recent experiences with Windows 10)
  • Updated: 4/1/2018 - Please pay attention to minimum hard disk sizes; the inexpensive HP Stream comes with a 32GB hard disk which will not suffice for our purposes.

The most important thing about a student's personal laptop is that they be comfortable using it.  We are here to help but we cannot train the student on how to use their device. We will support with connectivity to our network and other campus-related resources.  It is imperative that the student have backups of all their files (we suggest using the OneDrive that comes with their school-supplied Microsoft 365 subscription and that they have current anti-virus and anti-malware, with updated definition files, installed and running regularly).  

Chromebooks and iPads are not permitted as primary devices.  You must have a Windows or Mac laptop as your primary device.

PC/Compatible Windows

Minimum

Suggested

OS

Windows 10 (Windows 7 and 8 no longer permitted)

Windows 10 (NOT "S" mode)

Processor

800 MHz

2GHz or higher

RAM

4GB

8GB or more (16GB strongly recommended)

Wi-Fi adapter

Wi-Fi connectivity required and must support 5Ghz networks (also known as Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac)

Wi-Fi connectivity required and must support 5Ghz networks (also known as Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac)

Hard Disk

200GB hard disk, after all software installed

500 GB hard disk, after all software is installed (more is better)

Browser

Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome  

Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are required

     

Antivirus/Malware

Must have an up to date Antivirus and anti-malware installed.  Virus definitions must be current and scans must be scheduled to run regularly.

Must have an up to date Antivirus and anti-malware installed.  Virus definitions must be current and scans must be scheduled to run regularly.

 

Mac OS

Minimum

Suggested

OS

Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher

OS X 10.15 (Catalina) or higher

Processor

1 GHz

2 GHz or higher

RAM

2 GB

4GB or more

Hard Disk

200 GB

500 GB (be careful; some MacBook Air models have only 125Gb hard disk and that's not enough)

Browser

Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (not Safari).  

     

Antivirus/Malware

  

 

 Must have an up to date Antivirus and anti-malware installed.  Virus definitions must be current and scans must be scheduled to run regularly.  Must have an up to date Antivirus and anti-malware installed.  Virus definitions must be current and scans must be scheduled to run regularly.

 

Other Device Types 

 

 

Linux devices and ChromeBooks are not permitted as primary devices.

HP Stream or slmilar devices with low capacity hard disks (under 100GB) are not feasible for our purposes.  200GB is the minimum.