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Mudgee High School

Mudgee High School

Developing safe, respectful and responsible learners in an innovative and inclusive community.

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Device Options

Mudgee High School will accept a range of devices such as Android Tablets, Chrome Books, Apple and Windows devices.

(Note: Android Devices with Version 3 Honeycomb or older will not connect to the DOE wireless. Also, many Android Apps do not support the DOE proxy)


Recommended Device Specifications


Form Factor

  • Laptop, tablet or convertible device
  • A tablet must have a physical keyboard attachment with separate keys for A-Z and 0-9

Physical Dimensions

  • Minimum 10" screen

Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or above
  • Apple OS X 10.6 or above
  • Apple IOS 6 or above
  • Android 4 or above

Wireless Compatibility

  • Devices must be 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz dual band wireless

Battery Life

  • 6 hours minimum (to last a school day)

Other Recommendations

  • Look at maximum weight 2Kgs
  • Minimum RAM for a laptop 4GB
  • Processor – Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 in Windows and the latest Apple products
  • Solid state hard drives are faster and more durable
  • At least 128GB of storage in laptops, Ultrabooks and two-in-ones. And at least 32GB of storage in a tablet
  • A protective case is advisable
  • Ensure some form of antivirus is installed

Purchasing a Device

It is entirely at the parents' or student's discretion as to where to purchase a device from.

For your information the DOE has a number of hardware partners, such as HP, Dell Acer and Lenovo who may be offering NSW DOE families educational discounts through their purchasing portals. Click on the link below to browse Lenovo's online store.

Local businesses, such as Harvey Norman, are also keen to support the supply of reasonably priced, suitable student devices.


Link to Lenovo purchase website




Laptop or tablet?

The terms laptop and notebook are generally considered interchangeable in reference to portable computers. But there are several subcategories to consider:

  • Ultraportables are small, powerful but relatively expensive laptops. Ultrabooks are a subcategory of ultraportables with special features including increased security.
  • Netbooks are small and cheap, but relatively low performance.
  • Chromebooks look like a laptop but run only the Chrome operating system, not Windows, and require a constant connection to the internet.
  • MacBooks are Apple's laptops and run OS X. The MacBook Air range is the smallest and cheapest. They can also be configured to run Windows as an optional extra.
  • Hybrids (also called convertibles or 2-in-1s) offer the look and feel of a laptop plus the versatility of a tablet, usually via a removable screen or one that folds back 180 degrees, but they're relatively expensive.

Software Requirements and Availability

The DOE has enterprise software contracts in place which apply to BYOD. These include:

  • Microsoft – Office 365 is available to all students through the Student Portal and can be loaded on up to 15 devices
  • Access to Adobe Creative suite 6 is also available to students through a link in the Student Portal
  • Google Apps are available free on any device

A web browser would be required, preferably Chrome or Internet Explorer or Safari.