To ensure your son has suitable access to the learning experiences involving technology for his year, the College has devised minimum and recommended specifications for BYOD laptops. These differ slightly across year levels.
Our specifications are based on several factors, including:
Planned use of technology in core and elective subjects
Battery consumption and longevity of laptop life
Effective pedagogical practices and integration of technology in teaching and learning
Industry advice and our previous experience of BYOD and school-managed laptops
Due to the rapid rate of technological advancement, it is expected that devices will need to be replaced approximately every three years. Devices that meet or exceed the recommended specifications are more likely to be technologically current beyond this average life, but will be out of warranty and may need to be replaced if a hardware fault occurs.
Students whose devices do not meet at least the minimum specifications are highly likely to have issues participating in classroom technology use. Parents should consider the upfront cost of purchasing a suitable laptop as a three-year investment in their son’s access to a curriculum with increasing technological demands. Whilst this investment may not be immediately noticeable, over the life of the device this will become more apparent.
Please refer to the following table for 2020 specifications:
Windows 10 (Yr 5-12) or
macOS* (Yr 10-12)
Windows 10 (Yr 5- 12)
8GB or higher
i5 or higher
128GB (Yr 5-6), 256GB (Yr 7-12) or higher SSD
11” (Yr 5-12), with touch screen and active pen (Yr 5-6)
11” to 14”, with touch screen and active pen
Advertised battery life
6 hours or higher
STM hard case (strongly advised)
Plastic coated labels (laptop, case, peripherals)
Not needed. The College licenses all required software for students, such as Office 365, Adobe CC and Sophos Anti-Virus.
*Macs have no ability to directly touch, tap or annotate on the screen. Macs are sold as a standard range of devices meaning there is no specific Education line of devices with a toughened, reinforced physical shell. Apple MacBooks are especially not recommended for students studying Technologies subjects due to compatibility issues with software and peripherals (refer to BYOD information – Macs in Technologies subjects).
Students studying Visual Art, Design, Music and Media Arts in the Senior School are recommended to purchase laptops with larger touchscreen displays (13″-15″), 8-16 GB memory, 256-512 GB flash storage and i7 processors.
Warranty and Insurance
Over the course of the laptop’s life, faults and damage may occur. There are different types of protection available against these issues:
Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)
Home and Contents Insurance
Non-functioning touch screen
Not turning on
Faulty speakers/headphone port
Most laptops come with a standard 12-month warranty. However, there are a range of warranty and insurance options available that can offer parents additional benefits and an easier process if service is required.
Extended warranty protects against hardware faults that may arise within a longer term than the standard warranty.
Accidental damage protection (ADP) insures the device against physical damage caused by the user. Typically, ADP plans will have an excess of around $100 payable for a service event. ADP plans will also have a term of insurance and a claim limit, e.g. a maximum of 3 repairs may be claimed before the ADP plan is no longer valid.
On-site service means a manufacturer-certified technician can attend Villanova College to service the device.
Advanced replacement is an option on certain devices not eligible for on-site service (such as Microsoft Surface). When offered, the manufacturer will send the replacement device before you need to send back the faulty device, to minimise student time without their device.
We recommend purchasing a 3-year extended on-site warranty for BYOD laptops. This provides peace-of-mind that the device will be reliable and usable for the full three years, and ensures your son can be back up and running quickly after a hardware fault by removing shipping delays.
Further, we strongly advise purchasing ADP. The cost of ADP plus excess is much lower than the full cost of a repair for accidental physical damage not covered by warranty. It is important to note that even for the most careful students, ADP protects not only against damage caused by your son, but also accidental damage caused by another student.
JB Education Purchasing Portal
Villanova College is seeking to assist parents in device selection with an optional Parent Purchasing Portal. The portal aims to simplify purchasing by offering a range of devices that meet the College’s minimum recommended specifications. Parents may use this portal to select a device, accessories, warranty extensions and ADP plans and payment options.
Please note that laptops purchased through the portal are not supported in JB Hi-Fi Stores. Refer to the Support and Repairs page.
Parents are not obliged to use the JB Education Purchasing Portal and may choose to purchase a device elsewhere. However, please take care to ensure your device meets the specifications and that you are able to add your desired warranty options. On-site warranty and ADP especially are not standard offerings in many retail stores, so it is important to discuss these options with the store.