BLHS Laptop Requirements for Student BYOD, both Minimum and Suggested 

  • Be sure to back up your files daily.  You can use your Office 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: October 2018:  Mac OSX minimum requirements Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
  • 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.

This page contains the minimum and suggested hardware configurations for Mac, Windows and other device types. Please see the chart below for specific recommendations.

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 Office 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

Wi-Fi connectivity required

Hard Disk

200GB hard disk

500 GB hard disk (more is better)

Browser

IE 11 or higher (not recommended)
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome  
Do not rely on Microsoft Edge

IE 11 or or higher or current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Do not rely on Microsoft Edge or IE.  Firefox or Chrome are required

Free applications

Java, Flash

Java, Flash

OFFICE 365 Download which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, available at NO COST to BL students.

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.

 

MacOS

Minimum

Suggested

OS

Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher

OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher

Processor

867 MHz

2 GHz or higher

RAM

1 GB

2GB 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).  

Free applications

Java

Java

 

OFFICE 365 Download Available at NO COST to BL students.

 

 

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.