Computer Requirement

Undergraduate and transfer students at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering are required to have a mobile computer with an active digital pen meeting the minimum specifications below. Graduate students should have a laptop.

Summer & Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

Minimum Tablet Specification

ComponentMinimum Requirement
OSWindows 10 Pro (preferred) 64-bit version
PC ProcessorIntel Core i5 or i7
Memory (RAM)8 GB or greater
Storage Drive256 GB or larger Hard Drive (Solid State Drive recommended)
Wireless802.11 ac dual band (WiFi certified recommended)
Input DeviceIntegrated Intel, Wacom, or Synaptics active stylus that supports digital inking
Detailed Tablet Requirements

In addition, the following are recommended:

  • 3-year warranty with Accident Damage Protection
  • A USB hard drive or cloud backup option

The following types of devices are not acceptable for use as your computer at Speed:

  • iPad, any Apple computers or devices running iOS
  • Chromebooks
  • Android tablets or any devices running the Android operating system
  • Windows Surface devices running the Windows RT or mobile operating system
  • Devices running the Linux or Unix operating system

Consumer Grade vs. Business Grade Tablets:

In general we’ve found that business grade models of tablets perform better, last longer and provide the student with a total cost of ownership equal to that of consumer grade products. Many consumer grade tablets do not have the required digital pen or active stylus for digital inking. When purchasing a model other than those we’ve provided links for, be sure to ask the sales person whether it includes an active inking device.

Ready to purchase a tablet but not sure what to get?

The tablet evaluation page contains several devices that meet the requirements and work well with the engineering software. Purchase a pre-configured approved units through one of our preferred technology partners.