Choose the most suitable type of device and IT settings

Get the technical specifications of the laptops and tablets we offer. This information can help you and your IT support to make the right choice of device and settings for your needs.


When placing an order, schools, colleges, further education institutions, academy trusts and local authorities (LAs) can choose (depending on availability) from:

  • Microsoft Windows laptops
  • Google Chromebooks
  • Higher-specification laptops

You can find out if any types of device are out of stock by signing in to the Get help with technology service. The information is also available on the TechSource ordering website.

Apple iPads and Microsoft Windows tablets are now permanently out of stock. For information on setting up and managing tablets you've already received, see our guidance.

Before you order

We may need some technical information from you before you can order, so we recommend choosing the types of devices and settings you want before you’re invited to order.

Microsoft Windows laptops

When you order you’ll be asked whether or not you want to have DfE settings installed.

Not having DfE settings installed

These ‘DfE Standard’ devices are provided with factory settings. Your school, trust or LA should configure them at your own cost before lending them to pupils. This means installing preferred safeguarding measures and bringing them into an existing device management framework.

DfE settings installed

These ‘DfE Restricted’ devices are set up with content filtering and MDM software before delivery. They’re not configurable, and there are limitations on downloading software and changing strict content filters that may prevent some browsers and conferencing tools from functioning. These settings expire on 30 September 2021, read our guidance on how to reset devices and apply your own security settings to make them safe for pupils and students to use.

Read more information about preparing Microsoft devices for pupils, including how to access the local admin and BIOS passwords you’ll need to reset devices.

All devices provided before September 2020 were delivered with safeguarding and mobile device management (MDM) software installed. You can find out when that software expires in our guidance.

Find the technical specifications for Microsoft Windows laptops in the table below.

Google Chromebooks

You need to sign in to the Get help with technology service and give the following information before you can order Google Chromebooks:

  • the school’s Google domain for G Suite for Education
  • a recovery email address, which must be on a different domain to the school domain

If you’re not sure how to find this information, you should ask your IT support for help.

A web-filtering solution called Cisco Umbrella is included free of charge until 30 September 2021, if you wish to use it. Find out more about Cisco Umbrella in our guidance.

If the school you’re ordering for does not currently use an education platform, you can apply for DfE-funded support to get access to either G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education.

Read more information about preparing Google Chromebooks for pupils.

Find the technical specifications for Google Chromebooks in the table below.

Minimum specification

Minimum specification
Microsoft Windows laptop Google Chromebook Microsoft Windows tablet Apple iPad Dell Latitude 5300 series Microsoft Windows laptop
Chassis type Clamshell – Business grade Clamshell – Education grade Tablet Tablet Clamshell privacy shutter
Minimum screen size Minimum 11 inch screen Minimum 11 inch screen Minimum 11 inch touch screen 10.2 inch multi-touch screen 13.3” non-touch
Resolution HD (or better) HD Minimum 1280 × 800 2160 × 1620 HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare
Processor Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics Intel Apple A10 Fusion – 64-bit Intel Core i5-8265U processor with Integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics
Memory Minimum 4GB Minimum 4GB Minimum 2GB 3GB 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC
Storage Minimum 64GB Minimum 16GB Minimum 32GB 32GB 128GB PCle NVMe Class 35 Solid State drive
Connectivity Wi-Fi to 802.11ac Wi-Fi to 802.11ac Wi-Fi to 802.11ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Intel Dual Band wireless AC 9560 (802.11ac) 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
Ports USB USB USB 3.0 Lightning and Smart Connector MicroSD card reader
Input Standard UK keyboard Standard UK keyboard N/A N/A Non-backlight single point standard UK keyboard
Video port HDMI Yes, through USB-C Yes, through USB-C or mini HDMI depending on model
Multimedia Webcam Webcam Webcam Rear and front cameras
Audio ports Headphone and microphone socket Headphone and microphone socket Headphone socket Headphone socket
Operating system Windows 10 Pro Education Chrome OS Windows 10 Pro iPad OS Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Wireless Drivers for Intel 9560 + Bluetooth 5.0
Encryption Yes Yes Yes
Security TPM 2.0 Google Security Chip H1 TPM 2.0
Weight Maximum 1.8kg Maximum 1.29kg Maximum 750g 483g
Battery life 7 hours 10 hours 9 hours 10 hours Express-charge battery
PSU Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Higher specification laptops

All higher-specification Windows laptops are Dell Latitude 5300 series supplied with the manufacturer’s default Windows 10 ‘Out-of-the-Box Experience’ only. It is not possible to order them with DfE software and settings. They come with a Windows 10 Pro licence, instead of the standard Windows Education licence. These laptops ship with Dell Latitude 5300 factory settings and include manufacturer support until April 2023.

You’re responsible for ensuring appropriate safeguarding and security settings are applied to these laptops before distributing them to your students. This may include installing and configuring content filtering, device management and anti-virus solutions. We do not include sleeves or protective cases. If you need these, you’ll have to source them separately. With each laptop order, you’ll receive 5 headsets with microphones.

To order, look for ‘Persona I - Higher-spec Windows laptops’ in TechSource.

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