Devices Descriptions And Guidelines
Devices Descriptions and Guidelines
There are four types of devices which meet the requirements and specifications that M'KIS recommends for maximum benefit to students. They are:
Laptop: A laptop/notebook computer typically offers a 13" to 17" screen, full-sized keyboard, and numerous ports and connectors. The operating system of most laptops is Windows and Apple OSX. Laptops are built to mimic most functionality of a desktop computer, and offer the same processing power.
Ultrabook/sub-notebook: Ultrabook is a specification and trademarked brand by Intel for a class of high-end sub-notebooks which are designed to feature reduced bulk without compromising performance and battery life. They use low-power Intel Core processors, solid-state drives, and unibody chassis to help meet these criteria. Due to their limited size, they typically omit common laptop features such as optical disc drives and Ethernet ports.
Chromebook: A Chromebook is a personal computer running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used while connected to the Internet, though there are a variety of apps that can be run offline. All the data is stored in the "cloud" accessed by an internet connection.
Tablet: A tablet computer, or simply tablet, is a mobile computer with display, circuitry and battery in a single unit. Tablets are equipped with sensors, including front and rear facing cameras, microphone, accelerometer and touchscreen, with finger or stylus gestures replacing computer mouse and keyboard. Tablets may include physical buttons, e.g., to control basic features such as speaker volume and power and ports for network communications and to charge the battery. An on-screen, pop-up virtual keyboard is usually used for typing. Tablets are typically larger than smart phones or personal digital assistants at 7 inches (18 cm) or larger, measured diagonally.
Each of these devices has advantages, and each should prove suitable for daily use both at school and away. That said, M'KIS suggests the devices in the order they are presented here.
Laptop/Notebooks use traditional operating systems such as Apple's OSX and Windows 7 or 8.1, allow the installation of stand-alone Apple and Windows software. These devices also use a hard drive which allows for significant local storage, as well as a DVD drive and ample USB expansion ports. They may also feature VGA and HDMI ports, allowing them to be connected to a separate monitor or newer "smart" television. Because of the processing power of current laptops, battery life may be no greater than 4-5 hours.
Ultrabooks/sub-notebooks use traditional operating systems such as Apple's OSX and Windows 7 or 8.1, allow the installation of stand-alone Apple and Windows software. These devices also use a hard drive which allows for significant local storage. Because the operating systems and installed software make greater demands on the computer, battery life is typically much less than Chromebooks or tablets. However, Ultrabooks do use the latest low-power processors, so may in fact last a full school day.
Chromebooks have the battery life to last an entire school day. In addition to a physical keyboard, the Chrome operating system is developed by Google, and is optimized for use with Google Apps for Education, which is the productivity suite used at M'KIS. They also represent the lowest price point in the three types of devices listed.
Tablets have the advantage of portability and light weight, and can easily last an entire school day on a single charge. Running the Android, IOS or Windows operating systems, they can be fully utilized both online and off. Apps, which can be installed on the tablet, add tremendous functionality to the tablet. While that may not afford significant advantages for productivity at school, it may offer students many other advantages.