Minimum Device Specifications

All Staples High School students are expected to bring a personal computing device to school every day. Students can choose from a multitude of devices, provided the devices meet the minimum specifications below. Please note that cell phones do not meet the minimum specifications. 

 

Recommended

Device Type

Android Tablet

Chromebook

Mac Laptop

Windows Laptop

Operating System(1)(2)

Android 4.2 and up

Latest ChromeOS

OS X 10.9 and up

Windows 7 and up

Memory (RAM)(3)

N/A

4 GB

4 GB

4 GB

Storage(4)(5)

32 GB

16 GB

128 GB

128 GB

Screen Size

10" diagonal

11" diagonal

11" diagonal

10" diagonal

Wireless

Dual-Band N or AC

Dual-Band N or AC

Dual-Band N or AC

Dual-Band N or AC

External Keyboard

Required

N/A

N/A

N/A

Min. Battery Life

6 Hours

6 hours

6 Hours

6 Hours


To help determine which device is right for your child, please refer to the Relative Advantages page.

Notes: 
(1)The Windows RT operating system is not supported at this time.
(2)For students involved in classes that focus on programming, students will need access to either a Windows computer or iOS device.
(3)The RAM specified is the amount needed to run the Operating System and programs for school. If students have other personal programs that use a large amount of RAM, the amount of RAM will need to be increased. 
(4)The storage specified is the amount needed for the Operating System and files created in school. If students have other personal files that take up a large amount of space, the amount of storage will need to be increased. 
(5)For students involved in classes that focus on media creation, parents may want to purchase a device with larger storage capacity.


Software Requirements

No software purchases will be required. Students will be required to install the free Chrome web browser, which provides the best user experience for using Google Apps. Links to free antivirus software and suggested Chrome plug-ins can be found on the FAQ page. 

 

Support

Student-to-student software-related technical support will be available in the Staples Library Learning Commons most days from 7:30 am -3:00 pm. 


Additional Recommendations

Extended warranties lasting the expected lifetime of the device are strongly recommended. For additional information regarding the expected life-cycle, relative advantages and disadvantages of each type of device, devices accessories, and more; please use the left navigation bar.