NBSC Cromer Campus

The co-educational comprehensive campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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Bring your own device

If you are considering purchasing a computer for your son or daughter  to use at school please consider the following specifications when making your purchase.

Hardware Specifications

Device Type

Laptop or Tablet device

Note:  SMART phones are not considered an appropriate personal computing device.


Keyboard Attachment

A tablet device should have a physical keyboard attachment and keys must move when physically depressed.

The keyboard may be permanently attached, a snap on or Bluetooth.  (Touch keyboards are not recommended)



Minimum Screen size – 10" (approximately 25cm)

(screen Size is the diagonal measurement)


Recommended Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 or newer

Apple MacOS x 10.6 or newer

Apple I OS 6 or newer

Note:  while Chromebooks may be used some DEC services are not compatible with the Chrome Operating System


Wireless Compatibility

Device must have 5GHz 802.11n support.

This may be advertised as "dual Band Wireless", "802.11abgn", "802.11agn", "802.11ac" or "Gigabit Wireless".

Devices sold as "802.11bgn" probably do not support the required standard.

Important Note:  Devices with 2.4GHz only are not supported.

Wireless Compatibility of devices is often a difficult requirement to verify.  This information is not always readily available on the actual device or at the place of purchase.


Additional Recommendations

Battery Life should be minimum of six hours as there will not be facilities for charging the device at school.

Protective cover or case for device.

Device should not be too heavy to carry in bag each day.

Software Specifications

Web Browser

Windows devices must run Internet Explorer 10 or newer.

Safari is preferred for Apple branded devices.


Word Processor

Examples include Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Open Office Programs

Spreadsheet Package

Examples include Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Open office Programs

Security Software

Windows based devices should at least run Microsoft Security Essentials

MacOS X should at least rim ClamXav


Available Software

Software available from the Department of Education and Communities

Note:  Currently students with a NSW government education email address can download Microsoft and Adobe software  http://nsw-students.onthehub.com/

One copy of this software can be loaded on a desktop computer or laptop.  This software cannot be loaded on tablets that are only app based.


Device Options


These devices are suitable and known to work on the NSWDEC


Any of the three HP products available through the school portal will meet specifications.

Microsoft Surface 2 with Type cover

Dell Latitude E7440 Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad Models – X240, X131e and Yoga

Mac Air Book

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 with keyboard Dock

Apple iPad 2 or iPad Air with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

Plus protective cover for chosen device

Further information about BYOD can be found below:

DEC Student Bring Your Own Device Policy

Software for Students (pdf 2977 KB)