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
|OS||Windows 10 Pro (preferred) 64-bit version|
|PC Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7|
|Memory (RAM)||8 GB or greater|
|Storage Drive||256 GB or larger Hard Drive (Solid State Drive recommended)|
|Wireless||802.11 ac dual band (WiFi certified recommended)|
|Input Device||Integrated 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
- 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.