Otago Polytechnic

Unfortunately we don't have laptops or computers to loan out to our learners, but we can provide some advice for students who are able to purchase a device. Our ISS team members have set out their hardware specification recommendations by programme below - and beneath that is a table that links through to laptops and devices that meet these recommendations. 

Top tips from our ISS team 

  • Do go for Windows 10 Home or Pro, don't buy a "Windows 10 S" mode device
  • Do go for Dual or Quad Core, don't buy a Celeron based device
  • Do ensure there is 8GB or more of RAM
  • Do go for 256GB SSD (solid state disk or larger, don't buy a 1TB Hard Drive (HD) model in 2020
  • Do make sure there is a webcam
  • If you can, look in the $900+ range, as anything less may be a little slow 

 

Programme-specific recommendations

College School Minimum Hardware Specification
College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Dunedin School of Art (ARTA) Entry or Mid
College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Design (DADM) Entry or Mid
College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Food Design Institute (FDIA) Entry or Mid
College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Business (SABA) Entry or Mid
Auckland International Campus (AIC) Auckland International Campus (AICA) High
Capable NZ (CAP) CapableNZ (CAPA) Entry or Mid
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing (BTHD) Entry or Mid
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDPA) Entry or Mid
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Foundation Learning (FOLA) Entry or Mid
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) English Language Center (ELCA) Entry or Mid
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Tertiary Education & Mata a Ao Maori (TEMM) Entry or Mid
Central Otago (COT) Central Otago Admin (COTA) Entry or Mid
Central Otago (COT) Central Secondary Tertiary (CSTI) Entry or Mid
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Construction (CONS) Entry or Mid
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Carpentry (CARP) Entry or Mid
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Engineering Technologies (ETEC) High**
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Engineering Trades (ETRA) Entry or Mid
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Information Technology (ICTA) High
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Veterinary Nursing (VETN) Entry or Mid
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Natural Resources (NATR) Entry or Mid
College of Health (HLT) Nursing (NURA) Entry or Mid
College of Health (HLT) Occupational Therapy (OCCA) Entry or Mid
College of Health (HLT) Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) Entry or Mid
College of Health (HLT) Midwifery (MIDA) Entry or Mid

** Bachelor of Architectural Studies specific 

Where Entry or Mid is an option, If you can afford a Mid level device this would be recommended

 

Specifications for each level

Entry Level Options Mid Level Options Higher Level Options

Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R2GU 14" Laptop

 

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 14" Laptop

 

HP Pavilion 14-ce3065TX 14" laptop

 

HP Notebook 14s-dk0059au 14" Laptop

 

Lenovo Ideapad S540-14IML Laptop

 

Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML 14" 2-in-1 Laptop

 

HP Pavilion 15-cw1001ax 15.6" Laptop

 

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 14" Laptop

 


Inspiron 15 7000 Laptop

MacBook Air

 

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

 

   

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU R7-3750H GTX 1660 Ti 120Hz Gaming Laptop

 

 

Note: If you use soildworks, having a device with integrated graphics is not recommended. 


Published on 24 Mar 2020

Orderdate: 24 Mar 2020
Expiry: 4 Aug 2020