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Most tertiary students already have a device or laptop they are intending to use for university or polytechnic. This page is designed to give you information on what features are essential for tertiary studies and beyond into adulthood.
For those that are looking to invest in a new laptop and do not want to use Studylink’s annual course materials allowance, we offer a range of payment options that make it affordable to choose the device that suits you best.
Key tertiary features
Once you have chosen your operating system, we recommend looking out for the following features when purchasing your tertiary device:
- Battery life - ideally your laptop or device will need to last a full day on one charge. Look for around 11 hours battery life.
- Portability - ensure the BYOD device you choose is portable - can it fit in your backpack? Laptops and devices built for tertiary are designed with portability in mind and as a result are thin, lightweight, and are encased in premium materials.
- Usability - consider a touchscreen and whether a pen or stylus will be useful to you and your studies. These features give the user a more freedom, allowing the user to interact with devices more intuitively.
- Connectivity - some education providers require your device to have a camera or speaker. Check your requirements with your education provider and keep this in mind.
- Large screen size - most education providers will recommend that your chosen tertiary device has a screen size of at least 13 inches. This is so projects are easier and faster to achieve.
- Storage space - we recommend ensuring your primary BYOD has at least 320GB hard drive space, 4GB RAM and 64 eMMC (device specifications) to process the necessary programmes at a secondary school level. It will also allow you to upgrade software and take you the distance to finish secondary school.
- Up-to-date antivirus software - this ensures the security and safety of your device.
- Hard drive - consider a solid state hard drive (SSD). These drives use microchips to store data, meaning they are flash-based and have no moving parts. This results in a quieter, lighter, and cooler drive that can significantly improve overall system performance - giving you faster boot up times, application launches, and file saving capabilities.
When shopping for a tertiary laptop or device, the first consideration is always operating system. At tertiary level, the operating system may be recommended by your education provider, but this does not limit you if you have a personal preference or like to to do your own research.
If you are looking for a more complete package that includes a mouse, sleeve or bag, and headphones, our bundle packages are a great way to get it all sorted in one purchase. You can be confident these bundle packages have been designed in consultation with the schools nationwide we have relationships with, so you know they will work for you.
We also offer these package bundles with the option of our myTechSolutions service. Read more about the benefits of our myTechSolutions services here.