Summer 2015 / Fall 2015 / Spring 2016

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.

Minimum Tablet Specification***

SystemMinimum Requirement
OS**Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro, 64-bit version
PC ProcessorIntel i5
Memory (RAM)8 Gigabytes (GB)
Storage 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
Detailed Tablet Requirements

***Please note: These are the minimum required specifications. You may use a tablet with a faster processor (i7), more memory and a larger storage drive. 
**Windows 10 has not been tested with the Engineering Software Bundle. We will evaluate it late Fall / Early Spring 2016 and make an annoucement on this website.

In addition, the following are recommended:

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

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

  • iPad, 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

Consumer Grade vs. Business Grade Tablets

In general we've found that business grade models of tablets perform better, last longer and provide the student with a total cost of ownership equal to that of consumer grade products. Many consumer grade tablets do not have the required digital pen or active stylus for digital inking. When purchasing a model other than those we've provided links for, be sure to ask the sales person whether it includes an active inking device.


The Speed IT Group has tested and evaluated several tablets. 
Please review the Tablet PC Evaluation Page next. Afterwards you may purchase any of the reviewed tablets at a discounted price using the provided links.

For more information please contact:

Speed IT Helpdesk
Vogt Building Room 203
Phone: 502-852-7620