Summer 2014/Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Minimum Specifications

Undergraduate and transfer students at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering are required to have a mobile computer with an active digital pen meeting the minimum specifications below. Graduate students should have a laptop.

Want to purchase one of the models we reviewed and approved?

Minimum Tablet Specification


OSWindows 7 or 8.1 Pro, 64-bit version
PC ProcessorI5
Memory (RAM)4 Gigabytes
Hard Disk Drive250 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
Wireless802.11 a/g/n
Input DeviceIntegrated Wacom, N-trig or S Pen active stylus that supports digital inking


In addition, the following are recommended:

  • 3-year warranty
  • Accident Damage Protection
  • USB Flash Memory
  • A USB hard drive or cloud backup option

Note: If you already have a Windows laptop that meets the minimum specifications but you don’t have a pen to write on the screen, you may purchase a companion device.


The following types of devices are not acceptable for use as your computer at Speed:

  • IPADS or any Apple computers or devices running IOS
  • Chromebooks
  • Android tablets or any devices running the Android operating system
  • Windows Surface devices running the Windows RT or mobile operating system
  • Devices running the Linux or Unix operating system


For more information please contact:

Nathan Johnson
Phone: 502-852-0164