Bring Your Own Laptop
Class of 2021
As you look to make a laptop purchase for your son, we’ve created these requirements to help you purchase a quality device that will not only be able to perform all the tasks your son will need to complete, but will also last over time. Please read through the FAQ, as we hope this will make your purchasing process easier.
Please note that some of the devices you’ll see in the market are called “2 in 1,” as they can also function as tablets. While a traditional laptop is acceptable, the benefit to a “2 in 1” device is that it will allow your son to lay the device flat while writing and solving equations.
Our hope is that these devices will be able to last your son throughout his time at St. Xavier. Purchasing an extended warranty/insurance will help ensure that the device can last.
Should you have any questions about purchasing a device, please contact Jim Schurrer at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in the financial aid process for devices, please contact the Admissions office.
- Processor: Intel Core i5 minimum
- Memory: 4GB minimum; 8GB recommended
- Hard Drive: 128 GB or more
- Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
- Display type: Touchscreen LED (must work with a stylus)
- Wireless Networking: 802.11ac
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Ports: USB 3.0, Headphone, HDMI or Display Port
- Physical keyboard (either attached or Bluetooth)
- Battery: 8 hours after a full charge
- Consider purchasing an extended warranty/accidental damage protection for the times when something is broken.
- When your son begins at St. Xavier, he will create an Office 365 account. This will allow him to download Microsoft Office for free. Please do not buy this in the stores.
- At this time, our requirement for touch screen capability excludes the Apple laptops. Should Apple release laptops with that capability, they will be considered for addition to the list.
Bring Your Own Laptop FAQ
1. What is the difference between a laptop, tablet and 2 in 1.
Right now, there are three different types of devices on the market:
Laptop: The traditional option, the laptop has a keyboard permanently attached to the screen and can come with touch screen capabilities.
2 in 1: This device looks like a traditional laptop, however the keyboard is attached to the screen with hinges, allowing the screen to removed (based on model) and rotated to fit the needs of the user. This picture shows the various ways that a 2 in 1 device can be used.
Tablet: The tablet is a fully functioning computer that is sold without a keyboard. All of the necessary ports (USB, power, etc) are located on the side of the screen. Keyboards can be purchased separately to make this device feel more like a laptop. A good example of this is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
2. Should I buy a laptop, tablet or 2-in-1?
To be honest, all three will be acceptable at St. X. If you do buy a laptop, please make sure that it is a touchscreen, as that is an important requirement.
With that said, your son might prefer a 2-in-1 over a laptop. Many of our teachers will have the students use the device to write notes and solve equations with a style. He might find it easier to be able to lay the device flat to complete his schoolwork
3. Can I purchase an Apple laptop?
- It is important to our faculty that these devices have touchscreens. Unfortunately, Apple does not offer any laptops with touch capabilities. Should they ever release one, we will certainly allow them.
- It’s important to note that an Apple iPad (including the iPad Pro) is not acceptable, as they are unable to run full versions of important software, including the Microsoft Office Suite.
4. What is the difference between 8GB and 4GB of RAM
When you are shopping for a computer, the RAM refers to the processing speed of the device. A device with 4GB will be sufficient for the normal computing tasks your son will do – writing, researching, presentations, etc. A computer with 8GB of RAM will be helpful if your son ever ventures into more advanced computing tasks like photo editing, movie making, etc.
5. What are recommended models
It is hard to recommend a specific model because computer manufacturers make unique models for different stores. Therefore, we can’t recommend one model that you’ll find at all stores. With that said, below we’ve recommended some product lines and included links to the devices at multiple locations. These product lines come in various configurations (hard drive, RAM, etc).
Dell Inspiron (5000 or 7000)
- Can be purchased as a laptop or 2 in 1
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (tablet)
- Please be sure to buy the keyboard
- This is a Surface Pro 4 that comes with a physical keyboard, thus more resembling a traditional laptop.
- This is one of the more expensive devices on the market. While it is a great device, it is certainly not necessary to spend this kind of money.
Lenovo Yoga (710 Series)
- Can be purchased as a laptop or 2 in 1.
- Pay attention to processor type, as this line offers many different variations. Be sure to purchase one with an Intel i5 or i7.
We strongly recommend that you purchase an additional insurance policy on this device. Many stores, such as Best Buy offer insurance. When purchasing, please be sure that it will cover accidental breakage or loss. The screens might break over time, as it endures the day-to-day handling by a teenager.
If you do not wish to purchase the insurance through a store, a good third party company is Worth Avenue Group.
If your device does not come with a keyboard, please be sure to purchase a keyboard. This is vital to effective productivity at school.
Secondly, it is important that your son have a way to protect the device, whether through a separate laptop bag, or in a protected pocket of his book bag.
Finally, a stylus will most likely help your son with his coursework.
8. Are there discounts available?
The Microsoft Store in the Kenwood Mall is willing to extend a 10% discount on all devices and accessories (not valid with other promotions). To use this discount, you’ll need to purchase in the store. Please either print or show on your phone the BYOL letter sent by Terry Tyrrell.
9. Do I need to buy any additional software?
- Please do not purchase Microsoft Office. When your son begins at St. X, he will create a Microsoft account, which will permit him to download Microsoft Office 2016 for free on his computer.
- Windows 10 comes with a built in anti-virus/anti-malware program called “Windows Defender.” This should be sufficient, so long as it is updated regularly. Should you wish to add extra protection, your son’s Microsoft account will allow him to purchase Norton anti-virus at a significantly discounted price.