Minimum Laptop Specs

Updated: 19/11/2020

These specifications should be used as guidelines for recommending laptops to students and a baseline for laptops that we purchase for students.

Operating System

  • Linux

  • MacOS Mojave or newer

  • Windows 10 with WSL2 (is another possibility but not recommended)

Laptop Specs

Intro to Coding Specs

These laptops are only used by students doing the Into To Coding Course. They should be capable of running browser based coding programs and joining video calls.

  • 2 GHz Intel i3 processor

    • or AMD equivalent

  • 40GB Hard Disk Drive

  • 1600 x 900 or greater screen resolution

  • 13” Screen size

  • 8 GB of RAM

  • Access to internet of 1.2Mbps up and down

Minimum Specs

These laptops are the minimum that we expect students to use to complete the Fundamentals and Full Stack Coding Courses.

  • 2.1 GHz Intel i3 or Intel i5 or better processor

    • or AMD equivalent

  • 120gb HDD (with at least 40gb free)

  • 1600 x 900 or greater screen resolution

  • 13” Screen size

  • 4 GB of RAM

  • Access to internet of 2Mbps up and down

These laptops are the recommended specs that we expect students to use to complete the Fundamentals and Full Stack Coding Courses

  • 2.5 GHz Intel i5 or Intel i7 or better processor

    • or AMD equivalent

  • 120gb HDD or SSD (with at least 40gb free)

  • 1980 x 1080 or greater screen resolution

  • 15” Screen size

  • 8 GB of RAM or more

  • Access to internet of 6Mbps up and down

Additional Requirements

  • A Webcam with 720p resolution or higher (can be included in laptop)

  • A headset including a microphone (can either be USB or plug into the microphone and headphones socket(s))

  • A Keyboard and Mouse (can be included in laptop)

  • Two or more working USB ports

  • An Integrated Graphics Card (a discrete graphics card is not required)

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • Administrator access to the laptop