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Laptop Information Guide (Grades 4-12)

ASB is a proud leader in the use of Information Technology to enhance our students’ educational experiences. We believe that by using technology appropriately, students are more highly engaged in their own education, have increased opportunities to develop higher order thinking skills, and are better prepared to participate in a world where technological fluency is essential.

Several years back, ASB invested in a robust infrastructure standardizing on the Microsoft Windows platform and a Tablet PC to support student learning. With the advancement of internet technologies, ASB has been strategically moving all software and tools to the “cloud” (Internet). Except for a few applications that require installation on the hard drive, most of our applications are now “cloud” (Internet) based. Rapid changes in both hardware and software technologies have allowed us to consider alternative technologies. As most of our core learning systems are accessible via the web, standardizing on one operating system/device isn't necessary. We no longer need to lock into any one platform and technology.

Students from Elementary (Grades 4-5), Middle and High School are required to bring any laptop that meets the minimum specifications listed in this document. Please note the following:

  • iPads and Android based devices do not meet the minimum requirements for a student owned device. However a student may bring in an iPad or an Android tablet to supplement their main laptop.
  • ASB will install Microsoft Office for both PC and Mac laptops as well as any other software that is required for classes.

So what does this mean for your child?

If your child . . .

You will need to. . .

Has a HP2740P Tablet PC purchased during the 2011-2012 school year. It is under warranty until July 2014

Choose from the following two options: 

1. Purchase an extended warranty. Email it@asbindia.org for this.

2. Bring a laptop to school that meets the minimum specifications.

Is new to ASB and entering Grades 4 through 12 

Purchase a laptop that meets the minimum specifications.


ASB Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Guide

For Elementary (Grades 4-5), Middle and High School Students 

This guide contains the following important information. Please read the complete guide.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

The following chart should help you in selecting and purchasing a laptop for your child to use while they are at The American School of Bombay. While there are many options, there are minimum specifications that we require to support your child’s learning at ASB.

Machine Type




Screen Size

11 inches or more


Intel i3 or Higher

AMD Athlon II or Higher


4 GB or Higher

Hard Drive

160 GB or Higher

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional or Higher, Mac OSX or Higher

The Operating system must be in English


802.11g or Higher


2 USB ports, Audio in/out, In-built microphone, VGA or HDMI

Battery Life

4+ hours (4+ cell or higher)


3 Year warranty with Damage protection

Laptop Purchase Guide - This document lists laptop options that you can consider. These options meet the approved specifications for the BYOD program. It describes in detail the different models from each manufacturer. The document will be updated regularly as new models are released.

Free Software you need to download and install on your laptop

The following free software needs to be downloaded and installed on your laptop for use in school.

Internet Browsers (Minimum of two different browsers should be installed)

              Google Chrome Plugin for Teacher Dashboard Click to install on Google Chrome

              Google Chrome Plugin Youtube Plugin Click here to install on Google Chrome

Firefox 23 or higher http://www.mozilla.org (For Windows and Mac)

Internet Explorer 10 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/internet-explorer/download-ie  (For Windows only)

Safari 5  http://www.apple.com/safari/download/  (For Windows and Mac)

Laptop location tracking (recommended) : http://preyproject.com/  For Mac users signup for an apple account https://www.icloud.com/ and enable Find My Mac 

Software Updates required for your laptop

Online Storage/Backup

Video Players :

Video Converters :

Audio Recorder:

Install for Music Class:

Library Software:

Remote Desktop for Mac:


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