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Device Specifications

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The BYOD programme is new, but your device doesn’t have to be.

If you have an existing device and it meets the minimum specification requirements then you are welcome to use it at school. In some cases, your existing device may only need the addition of a new USB WiFi adapter to make it compatible on the school network!

If you do require the purchase of a new device it is recommended that you have a copy of the minimum requirements on hand as different operating systems and device types have different capabilities. There are some base features that are the mandatory for all devices, each operating system and form has separate requirements to make the device capable for learning activities.

Please be advised that mobile phones, iPods and tablets with a display smaller than 9.7″ are not appropriate as a primary device for BYOD.

BYOD at Kingscliff High School is optional and not mandatory

Base Requirements




Minimum 9.7″ display

Display should be no larger than 13.3″ as this has an adverse affect on weight and battery life. Ideal size is 11″.

Display resolution will not affect learning activities.

Touchscreen input not-required for learning activities, but can be beneficial.

Physical Keyboard

Device must have a physical keyboard for data entry with separate keys for A-Z and 0-9 and which physically move when depressed.

USB/Bluetooth Mouse not required but can be beneficial.

Tablet devices using aftermarket keyboards may affect battery life.



802.11n (2.4GHz/5GHz). also referred to as Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n


Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11ac.

Weight (recommendation)

Aim for a device UNDER 1.5-2kg, or a weight you are comfortable carrying around each day. Remember you will be carrying this and potentially some books in your bag each day.

Battery Life

Minimum 6 hours

Device is expected to be charged at home each night, facilities will not be available to charge the device at school.

Operating System Requirements



Operating System

Processor (CPU)


Internal Storage

Price Guide


Microsoft Windows


Years 7-12

i3/i5/i7 or equivalent (recommended)

8GB RAM (highly recommended)

128GB SSD or larger (256GB SDD reccomended)

$899 – $4,099

Apple Macbook


Years 11-12


Late 2017 or newer model

8GB RAM (highly recommended)

128GB SSD or larger (256GB SDD reccomended)

$1,499 – $3,299

Android Tablet

Years 7 -10


2GB RAM (minimum)

32GB (minimum) 64GB or higher (recommended)

$199 – $1,299

Apple iPad Tablet

Years 7-10

7Th Generation iPad or newer

2GB RAM (minimum)

32GB (minimum) 64GB or higher (recommended)

$529 – $2,749



Years 7-10


2GB RAM (minimum)


$349 – $749

Other Considerations


  • System life expectancy is 4 years (not including physical damage/wear and tear). Meaning that students entering year 7 can utilise any device, but may require a new device entering senior years.
  • Depending on senior electives, a year 7 device could be used through until graduation. Purchasing a solid, robust device will assist in the device’s survival.
  • Students entering year 9-12 need to consider their electives and the software requirements when selecting a device for school.
  • Extended warranties are often available, and insurance for your device can also be found and applied when purchasing a new device. Check all the terms and conditions to ensure what is included/covered and always make a decision based on your personal circumstances.
  • All students have unlimited online storage in Office Onedrive and Google Drive, using this is recommended instead of storing all documents on their personal laptop which could be lost.



  • Specialised back-pack: with Laptop/Tablet compartment for added protection.
  • Carry Case: A protective case to house the device is highly recommended.
  • Tablet case with integrated keyboard.

Connect to the schools WiFi Network

Connection the the schools WiFi uses you school username and password




Then visit the website  detnsw.net and sign in again with the same login (this step may be required once per day)