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Hardware & online ordering

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Park Ridge SHS provides both minimum and recommended hardware requirements for BYOD. 

The minimum requirements are what is required for devices to function on our network, whilst the recommended requirements are our suggestion to provide an acceptable experience over a 3 year life span.

These requirements are for general, non-technical subjects in years 7-9. For senior technology subjects, high performance desktops are provided by the school.  Students studying Media, ICT or Design) should consult the subject teacher if considering buying a high performance BYOD machine.

A physical keyboard attachment is required if parents are considering a tablet device.

Parents are strongly advised to purchase a protective case, additional warranty and accidental damage insurance.

Hardware guide for 2020

View the BYOD buying guide (PDF, 135KB)

Minimum requirements

Processor

Intel Core i3/Latest generation Pentium

Memory

4GB DDR3 Memory

Hard Drive

64GB (expandable)

Screen Size

10” and over

Resolution

1280 x 1024

Battery

8+hrs

Network

5Ghz N Wireless (external adaptors can upgrade this)

Operating System

Windows 8.1


If minimum specifications are not met, the laptop cannot connect to the school network.

Recommended requirements

Processor

Intel Core i5

Memory

8GB DDR3 Memory

Hard Drive

160GB

Screen Size

13.3”-15.6” (touch screen highly recommended, with optional stylus)

Resolution

1920 x 1080 FHD

Battery

8+hrs

Network

5Ghz A/C Wireless

Operating System

Windows 10 Home/Pro

OS not supported: Android, Windows RT or S, Chromebook, Linux

Laptop Portals - Buy a device online!

Devices are available online through the following BYOD portals that have been set up with appropriate devices, however this is not a requirement and parents can buy from any business.

DELL

Username: PRSHS
Password: parent



​JB Hi-Fi
School Code:
PARKRIDGESHSBYOD2020
HP
5% Discount code: park5%
​Acer
(Coming soon)



Batteries

One of the biggest barriers to using computers in the classroom is poor battery life.  Computers with advertised battery life of under 8 hours may not last an entire school day because manufacturers commonly use unrealistic scenarios.  Real world use often results in shorter battery performance.

Park Ridge SHS recommends battery be your highest criteria for choosing a device.

Students need to ensure they charge their laptop at home and use it responsibly to last the full school day.  Due to workplace health and safety issues, students cannot bring their own chargers for use at school.

Please consider that most devices will have a life span of around 3 years and battery life decreases at a rate of approximately 20% per year, depending on usage.

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Last reviewed 12 November 2019
Last updated 12 November 2019