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BYOx - Hardware and Software Minimum Specifications


​Wavell SHS recommends that any BYOx device meets the following minimum specifications to enable suitability for curriculum based activities. (Note: These minimum specifications will be reviewed annually to ensure curriculum requirements continue to be met.)

The minimum specifications provided reflect the specifications of devices that are used at Wavell SHS, so as to ensure comparability. Wavell IT Services technicians will attempt to enable connectivity of devices which meet the minimum specifications, and also assuming there are no technical or other issues outside of their control.

Note: An attempt may be made to connect other devices which may be deemed suitable for curriculum purposes, but parents and students should be aware that connectivity may not always be possible.


• Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10; Mac OSX 10.9 and above.

(Please Note: Windows 10 S will need to be upgraded prior to joining the BYOx Program. Also Note: iPads are not permitted in the Wavell BYOx Program as they are not a production device suitable for meeting secondary curriculum requirements.)

• Screen Size: Laptops and Production Devices – 11.6 inch or greater (with resolution of 1366 x 788). (Due to weight considerations, we do not recommend devices with a screen size in excess of 14 inches.)

• Battery Life: Device must be able to last for a duration of at least 6 hours of continuous activity.

• CPU: Intel Core i3 Processor or AMD Quad-core equivalent (or above)

• 4Gb RAM

• 320 GB Hard drive or 128GB solid state drive

• At least 2 USB ports (an adaptor is required for devices with USB-C)

• 802.11 n/a Wi-Fi compatible, dual band (only 5GHz frequency supported)

• Integrated speakers and microphone

• Keyboard (device MUST have a keyboard attached)

• 1 x integrated pointing device (mouse)

• 3 year warranty (recommended) (ADP also highly recommended)

• Hard or protective shell laptop case to suit model or device (highly recommended)

Unsupported Devices

• Windows Mobile/Surface 8
• Windows RT/Mobile/Surface RT
• Linux/Unix/BSB/*nix
• Chromebooks
 Anything not listed above


Software as outlined below must be provided by parents for BYOx devices:

• Compatible anti-virus software (Both free and paid. Examples of free anti-virus software include AVG, AVAST or Bit Defender.)

• PDF Reader

• Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free from The Learning Place (Refer notes contained in Microsoft Office 2016 Installation Instructions.)

Please Note: 3G/4G enabled devices will not be permitted to be used at school as the internet provided by their use is unfiltered and is not permitted by Education Queensland.