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BYO Laptop Specifications

Recommended Models & Accessories

Prior to purchase, please review the recommended specifications listed below. Laptops that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted into our Digital Learning Programme. Be sure you understand the processes surrounding warranty, replacement and repair through your chosen retailer. For example, repairs undertaken by a non-Apple Authorised repair service will invalidate your Apple warranty.

Antivirus/Malware Solution

Chillisoft provide a discounted price on an Antivirus/Malware Solution, promotional code A276RP5PQ4. Please note this is for a new license discount - not a renewed license.

Note: Users must select ESET Antivirus from the options. A trial version is not acceptable. Alternatively, install a free version that is compatible with Apple and Windows, such as Antivirus for Mac or Antivirus for Windows.

The minimum technical requirements are:


Windows Specification

Apple Specification

Compulsory Requirement
Anti-Virus and anti-spyware/malware software with on-going update subscription
Compulsory Requirement
Anti-Virus and anti-spyware/malware software with on-going update subscription

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 based laptop.

Apple OS X Yosemite or greater

MacBook Air or MacBook Pro


Mobile focused Intel Core i5 or i7 recommended

Intel Processor, as standard in current models

Main Memory/RAM

8 GB minimum

8 GB minimum

Hard Drive/HDD


256 GB minimum Hard Drive/HDD

256 GB minimum (SSD)

With at least 75GB free for education software and data storage – Required

256 GB minimum

256 GB minimum (SSD only)

With at least 75GB free for education software and data storage – Required

External Ports

2 (or more) x USB 2.0 with USB 1.1 support

1 x VGA out or 1 x Mini DisplayPort

Note: HMDI out is not supported

As standard

Wireless Adapter

Wi-Fi compatible – Required Specification

802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards support

Note: 802.11 n/ac preferred

WPA2 Enterprise support – Required Specification

With OS integration, support for 802.1x EAP including EAPTLS support for Certificate Services and Smart Cards and 801.1x PEAP

As standard


Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter if device only supports Mini DisplayPort

Note: Recommended

Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (non-Apple brand acceptable)

Note: Requirement

Wireless Antenna

Wireless antenna

3Design specification of the wireless antenna for 2.5 and 5GHz radio frequencies



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