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Laptop Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR 2022-2023

Students are required to purchase their own laptops. Students can select their systems of choice by ordering online or going to stores such as Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Gateway, and Microcenter. If students are joining a Magnet program, please see additional recommendations or requirements below.

We require that laptops be a Windows or Mac device. No Chromebooks or iOS devices.

JSerra provides Microsoft Office Suite to all students. JSerra will teach using the standard Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) software. Instructions for installing Office 365 can be found in the menu ("Installing and Authenticating Office 365").

Student work will not be accepted in Apple software application formats (ex. Pages, Numbers, etc.).

DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

In terms of the specific minimum device requirements, they are as follows:

  • Windows 10/11, macOS 10.15
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i5 or comparable AMD processor
    • ARM processors are not recommended at this time
  • 8 GB memory (16GB recommended)
  • 128 GB hard drive (recommend SSD or m.2)
  • Webcam/Mic
  • Wireless 802.11 A/C

EXAMPLE LAPTOPS

Examples of commonly purchased student laptop models include:

  • Lenovo Yoga 7i or ThinkPad L13/L14/L15
  • Apple MacBook Air
  • HP Pavilion x360
  • Dell XPS or Inspiron 13 or 14
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go or Pro 7/8 (we do NOT recommend Surface Pro X)

Other models can be used if the requirements are met.

It is preferable if laptops have touchscreens with a digitizer pen. Laptops with tablet capability will help make learning more interactive in the classroom and will have the ancillary benefit of reducing the use of paper on campus if students are taking notes on their laptop directly.

MAGNET AND ARTS PROGRAMS

If students are joining a Magnet or Arts program, there may be specific laptop recommendations or requirements.

  • Law Magnet: Requires a Windows operating system (no macOS) as there is software that is provided that is compatible for Windows only.
  • Business Magnet Requires a Windows operating system (no macOS) as there is software that is provided that is compatible for Windows only.
  • Photo/Yearbook/Journalism/Film minimum recommendations (these classes will be using Adobe Creative Cloud suite, provided by JSerra):
    • Windows 10/11, macOS 10.15 or newer
    • 10th Generation (or higher) Intel (Core i5 or i7) or AMD (Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7) with 64-bit support
    • 16GB RAM
    • 500GB SSD or m.2 hard drive
  • Engineering Magnet: Requires a Windows operating system (no macOS) as there is software that is provided that is compatible for Windows only.
    • Windows 10/11
    • 10th Generation (or higher) Intel (Core i5 or i7) or AMD (Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7) with 64-bit support
    • 8GB RAM (16GB recommended)
    • 256GB SSD or m.2 hard drive
  • Medical Magnet: No additional requirements.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email support@jserra.org.