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Device Requirements

The BYOD minimum specifications and suggestions are listed below. Students will still be able to save and retrieve documents from the Holy Cross Network. Students do not need to purchase any special software except to make sure they have an Anti-virus program on their laptop. The school will provide links for students to install software that needs to be computer.
Minimum and Recommended Specifications for BYOD Devices

Operating System - Windows 10 64-bit (Home (No S Mode) or Professional Version 20H2 or higher) for compatibility with Holy Cross wireless network, software, and services, OR MacOS X 11 (Big Sur) or higher (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro). Students who plan on taking AutoCAD should use Windows 10 64-bit OS. Chromebooks and iPads are not device options.
Please be sure the computer has all the latest Manufacturer and Operating System updates.

Battery life - 5-hour minimum with 6+ hours recommended. Batteries cannot be charged on campus for safety considerations. A second spare battery is recommended but not required if your device has a removable battery.
Cellular- Devices are not allowed to have cellular access.
Screen Size- A minimum of a 12-inch screen is required.
Keyboard/Mouse- An attachable keyboard is required. When deciding please remember students will write papers in most classes. Most laptops come with an integrated trackpad but an external mouse (wired or wireless) may also be purchased if desired.
Webcam- All devices are required to have a built-in webcam capable of a send or receive video resolution of 720p or higher.
Memory- 6GB is the minimum recommendation with 8GB or 12GB suggested but not required. 16GB of RAM is the minimum recommended for students who plan to enroll in AutoCAD classes.
Processor- Equivalent to Intel i5 or i7. Intel and AMD are the top two processor manufacturers.
Internal Storage- A minimum of 128GB SSD (Solid-State Drive).
Wireless Network Adapter- 802.11ax or 802.11ac is required
Software- The device must be running licensed versions of all software, particularly operating system and anti-virus software. Student devices must have anti-virus software that has real protection enabled on the laptop prior to coming on campus. Some possible options include:
    • Avast
    • AVG
    • TrendMicro
    • McAfee
    • Malwarebytes
    • Norton

Warranty- Consider purchasing extra/extended warranty for accidental damage protection or to reduce further repair costs. It is important to know if the warranty work will be performed locally or require the device to be shipped to get repaired.
Insurance- You will need to check with your insurance company to determine the available options.