Hardware Requirements for Bootcamps at NSS

Oct 30, 2019
Mandy Arola

Students must provide their own laptops for classes at NSS and having the right laptop will make a difference in your bootcamp experience. It's important that you follow these guidelines for machine specifications. 

See below for our recommendations for laptops to use during our full-time or part-time bootcamps for web development, data analytics, and data science.

First, a couple of overall thoughts on hardware.

  1. You do not need a new laptop for NSS - many machines manufactured since 2014 will work just fine although some may benefit from upgrades (in particular to RAM).

  2. Even if you are going to acquire a laptop it need not be a brand-new machine. Many students acquire used or refurbished machines.

  3. No matter which technology you will be learning, you can use either a Mac or Windows laptop that meets our requirements as outlined below.

Web Development Bootcamps

C# Web Development Cohorts

Windows Laptop for C#

It is recommended that you get a laptop with the Windows operating system in you are enrolled in a C# cohort. Minimum specs are as follows.

Memory

8GB minimum
16GB preferred

Hard Drive

512GB minimum

CPU

Intel i5 minimum
Intel i7 preferred

Operating System

Windows 10

 
Mac Laptop for C#

If you already own a Mac and want to use it for the course, it must meet the following, minimum specifications.

Memory

16GB minimum

Hard Drive

512GB minimum

CPU

Intel i5 minimum
Intel i7 preferred

Operating System

High Sierra or Mojave

Apple's Catalina operating system is still new. If you have not yet upgraded, we encourage you to wait.

 

Python Web Development Cohorts

Mac Laptop for Python

It is recommended to have a Mac if you are in a Python cohort.

Memory

8GB minimum

Hard Drive

256GB minimum
512GB preferred

CPU

Intel i5 minimum
Intel i7 preferred

Operating System

High Sierra or Mojave

Apple's Catalina operating system is still new. If you have not yet upgraded, we encourage you to wait.

 

Windows Laptop for Python

The Windows operating system will easily work for a Python cohort, but setup and configuration are more difficult.

Memory

8GB minimum

Hard Drive

256GB minimum
512GB preferred

CPU

Intel i5 minimum
Intel i7 preferred

Operating System

Windows 10

 

analytics + Data Science Bootcamps

You can use a Mac or Windows laptop for our Data Analytics or Data Science Bootcamps.

Memory

16GB minimum

Hard Drive

SSD is preferred
512GB minimum

CPU

Intel i5 minimum
Intel i7 or i9 preferred

Operating Systems

Windows 10
Mac: High Sierra or Mojave

Apple's Catalina operating system is still new. If you have not yet upgraded, we encourage you to wait.

 

Backup Drive

You will be learning amazing things during your time at NSS. However, with great power comes responsibility. You will be pushing your laptop harder that you ever had before. You may also spill water or coffee on your laptop while in class. You may drop your laptop. You may inadvertently run a command that permanently deletes very important files that make your operating system work.

Because of these common issues that students have, we strongly urge you to buy a backup drive for your laptop to ensure that you don’t lose the investment you’ve made in your computer and your time at NSS.

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