Device options and specifications
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 providers, academy trusts and local authorities (LAs) can choose (depending on availability) from:
- Microsoft Windows laptops
- Microsoft Windows tablets (with or without keyboards)
- Google Chromebooks
- Apple iPads
You can find out if any types of device are temporarily out of stock by signing in to the Get help with technology service. The information is also available on the TechSource ordering website.
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 and tablets
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. Our guidance explains when these DfE restrictions will expire and when your school, trust or LA will need to apply your own security settings.
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 and tablets in the table below.
You need to sign in to the Get help with technology service and provide 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.
During the ordering process, we’ll ask for your Apple School Manager (ASM) Organisation ID. We recommend you find this ID in advance to avoid any delay in ordering.
It’s a 7 to 8 digit number that can be found by following these steps:
- Visit https://school.apple.com to sign in to Apple School Manager
- Click on ‘Settings’ in the bottom left-hand corner
- Click on ‘Enrolment Information’ in the ‘Institution Settings’ section. The Organisation ID (also known as an Apple School Manager ID) will be in the right-hand pane.
If you have any problems finding this information, you should ask your IT support for help.
Read more information about preparing Apple iPads for pupils.
Find the technical specifications for Apple iPads in the table below.
|Microsoft Windows laptop||Google Chromebook||Microsoft Windows tablet||Apple iPad|
|Chassis type||Clamshell – Business grade||Clamshell – Education grade||Tablet||Tablet|
|Minimum screen size||Minimum 11” screen||Minimum 11” screen||Minimum 11” touch screen||10.2” multi-touch screen|
|Resolution||HD (or better)||HD||Minimum 1280 x 800||2160 x 1620|
|Processor||Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics||Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics||Intel||Apple A10 Fusion – 64-bit|
|Memory||Minimum 4GB||Minimum 4GB||Minimum 2GB||3GB|
|Storage||Minimum 64GB||Minimum 16GB||Minimum 32GB||32GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Audio||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers|
|Ports||USB||USB||USB 3.0||Lightning and Smart Connector|
|Input||Standard UK keyboard||Standard UK keyboard||N/A||N/A|
|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|
|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|
|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|
4G wireless routers
Read our 4G wireless router guidance for information on internet connectivity devices and data limits.
Preparing Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets
How and when to order laptops and tablets