Thank you for reviewing this list of recommendations. Please note that it is not necessary that students have their own device on campus. Putnam County Schools and Buffalo High School give students access to their own laptop and a variety of computers around the building. We are equipped with up-to-date hardware, software, and network connections.  However, even with the many resources available in campus facilities, most students participating in the BYOD program will benefit greatly by owning their own computer. We recommend all students own a personal computer with Internet access. Owning a computer helps students blend technology into the everyday living environment and thereby enhances both the scholarly and social aspects of student and community life.  Echo integrates many of the on-line content and services for both, personal email, school group discussions & activity announcements.  Having immediate access to computer that a student can use at home and school learning convenient.

Windows PC
(Brands include but not limited to: Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Etc. )

Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)

Intel Core i5 or i7 Third Generation processor

8GB DDR3 RAM or Higher (4GB minimum)

500GB or larger Hard Disk Drive (7200RPM for increased speed)

INTEL GMA HD 4000 integrated graphics minimum

A discrete graphics card is a HIGHLY recommended for editing audio, video, and making quality presentations.  Look for “Powered by AMD” or NVIDIA – “GeForce”

Minimum 2 USB 3.0 Ports   
10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
802.11n dual band Wi-Fi
8x or higher DVD+/- Optical Drive

3yr + extended warranty for duration of High School recommended.


Apple Computers (Mac)

While Windows-based PC’s are the more prevalent type of computer at BHS, many students use a Mac with BYOD. If you are bringing a Mac for your studies, it must, at a minimum, be capable of running Mac OS 10.7 or higher.

Intel Core i5 or i7 processor

8GB DDR3 RAM or Higher (4GB minimum)

500GB or larger Hard Disk Drive (7200RPM)

INTEL GMA HD 4000 integrated graphics minimum*INTEL IRIS PRO graphics OR discrete NVidia graphics HIGHLY recommended for editing audio, video, and making quality presentations.

Thunderbolt Port
Minimum 2 USB Ports
10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
802.11n dual band Wi-Fi
8x or higher DVD+/- Optical Drive

AppleCare Protection Plan recommended


*ALL Devices must have Anti-Virus installed!  PC or MAC

**Remember ALL students in West Virginia receive three Office 365 licenses! Don’t pay for office.


Droid, Apple IPad, Kindle and Windows RT Tablets

The Tablet category is rapidly changing category of computing. In general these devices are great for general research and internet use. There are many great apps that can support your child’s education. In many cases tablets can easily mimic books and make text more easily readable. Tablets also benefit from their relatively low cost. Regrettably many of these devices still do not have many of the capabilities of a laptop/desktop PC. In some cases accessories can be bought extra to meet the short coming of tablets such as a keyboard or stylus. Therefore it is our recommendation that this devices be used as an ancillary device to a school or personal computer. Please note the following:

-Microsoft Office 365/Office 2013 can be installed on these devices using a provided mobile license.

-Due to the nature of our network, school printers cannot be installed on these devices in most cases.

          *Non RT versions of Windows 8/8.1 will work with school printers these devices - will generally cost more than RT devices


-These devices are dependent on the internet, but many apps can be used without internet access.

**Cellular smartphones (IPhone/Windows phone/Droid) may fall into tablet category as they may operate the same.

Chrome Books

Chrome Books are in most cases are far more inexpensive than any other laptop computer. They are generally as secure as any other PC and they have many apps that support educational process. Unfortunately it is not recommended to buy a chrome-book for your students BYOD needs based off the following reasons.

-Due to the nature of Chrome OS school printers cannot be installed on the device. In order for a printer to work one must already own a “Chrome ready printer” or install a printer through another personal computer. Due to this issue your child will be unable to print at school.  

-Microsoft Office 365 cannot be installed on these devices. This is a suit of programs that the State of West Virginia has licensed 3 copies to every child in the state. At a $300 value don’t miss out!

-These computers are dependent on the internet. If you live in an area with access only to dial-up services or none at all these devices may be rendered virtually useless at home.

-The computing power of these systems is less than what the school currently provides. Because of this fact many functions involving multimedia content creation must be done over the web, in some cases charges may be incurred for processing the data.

Bottom Line: Chrome Book, Droid and IPad Tablets make good secondary devices to be used in conjunction with PC or Apple computers.