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2. Device Selection

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Springfield Central State High does not recommend or endorse a particular computer brand, model or supplier. You have the freedom of purchasing a laptop that best suits your personal needs and budget requirements.

However, the device you choose to purchase must meet the minimum specifications and must have a compatible operating system.

Minimum Device Specifications

Machine type: Laptop, Tablet, 3in1

Platform: PC/Mac

Screen size: 10 inches or more (touch is optional)

Processor: Intel Pentium or higher (Some exceptions can be made if device has SSD Drive)

Operating system: Windows 8.1 or higher (.NET 4.5.1 to be installed),Mac OSX From 10.13 and up

Wireless: AC (future upgrades will disable devices without these standards)

Ports: at least one USB port (preferable), audio in/out


​Note: Devices with Windows 10 S​ Mode are compatible but require additional steps.


Recommended Device Specifi​cations

Machine type: Laptop, Tablet, 3in1

Platform: PC/Mac

Screen size: 12 inches or more (touch is optional)

Processor: Intel i5 or higher

Laptop/Tablet​ RAM: 8GB

Laptop Hard drive: 256GB or higher

Tablet/iPad Storage: 64gb or Higher

Operating system: Windows 10, Mac OSX From 10.10 and up

Wireless: AC Wireless

Ports: at​ least one USB port (preferable), audio in/out, in-built microphone, Camera (plus ideally SD or Micro SD)

Battery life: 10+ hours (6+ cell or higher)​


​Note: Devices with Windows 10 S​ Mode are compatible but require additional steps.

Buy Local

We believe in supporting local business. There are a number of IT providers in the immediate community region that can provide BYO device purchase options and advice. 

Apple Devices​

The school has a profile within all Australian Apple Retail Stores. This can be accessed by mentioning that the device is for the "Springfield Central State High School BYOD program. Purchasing an Apple device in this way allows:

  • ​Products purchased from the Apple Retail Stores to receive BYOD education pricing;

  • Set up of the products in store and online through Apple's "Personal Setup" services;

  • Attendance of free tutorials and interactive classes on over 50+ topics as part of Apple's Today @ Apple program.


Supplier Portals 

A number of IT suppliers have designed and provided BYOD portals for parents to access. These portals provide a number of services in one location, including the purchase of protective cases/bags, Insurance policies and Accidental Damage Protection.

 Dell Portal


 Access Dell's BYOD Portal​

Important: You will require user details before you are able to purchase a device from the Dell Portal. The log in details are below:

Username: springfieldcentral

Password: parent


Acer Portal


Access Acer's BYOD Portal

No Login requirements to access the online store. Details are only required when completing a purchase on the site.

HP Portal 


No Login requirements to access the online store. Details are only required when completing a purchase on the site.




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Last reviewed 28 November 2019
Last updated 28 November 2019