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Minimum Laptop Specs

Updated: 19/11/2020
These specifications should be used as guidelines for recommending laptops to trainees and a baseline for laptops that we purchase for students.

Operating System

  • Linux
  • MacOS Mojave or newer
We cannot support Windows for development; it costs too much time and energy.

Laptop Specs

Minimum Specs

These laptops are the minimum that we expect students to use.
  • 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 Software Development 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