Laptop & Software Recommendations
Recommended Specifications for Student Laptops
West Tech will have the latest wireless system. Students will be encouraged to bring their laptops from home to use at school. There will be printing stations available for student use. This high technology environment will enable students to complete and submit assignment electronically, create electronic portfolios, and prepare for college. The information below should assist you in selecting a laptop or evaluate currently owned devices. A limited number of laptops will be available for classroom use and for check out before school, at lunch, and after school.
- MAC or PC
- Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core Processor
- RAM: 2 GB
- Hard drive: 120 GB or better
- Wireless: G or N
- Battery: Approximately 3 hour or better
- Available USB Ports: 2
- Microsoft Office
- Anti-Virus Software with Regular Updates Activated
- Media Card Reader (optional)
- Built-in Wired Ethernet
- Computer Case (optional)
- Netbooks can be purchased but may have limitations in some areas
Other computers not meeting these specifications may work but are not recommended
These programs are all free and will ensure that students can view web-based and Office-based documents. Click the yellow links below to get to the download page for each software application.
|Adobe Flash Player||Enables user to view Flash files|
|Acrobat Reader||Allows users to read pdf files|
|Quicktime||Allows users to view quicktime files (PC users only)|
|Adobe Shockwave Files||Enables users to view Shockwave files|
Solid and free alternative to Microsoft's Office Suite (If you do not have Microsoft Office then please install this)
Neo Office is another good alternative for mac Users.