Student Computers

Students are required to have computers they can use for their course work while at Brentwood. We don't require students to own a specific computer or device, but it needs to be able to meet the needs of the courses they are attending. Large harddrives are generally not required as Brentwood's student accounts provide unlimited Google Drive storage.


For general courses a computer or device that can do basic word processing (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), some basic movie editing or photo editing (iMovie, Microsoft Photos, etc) and printing will suffice.

For courses that have much more graphic design or video editing components, students will require a computer that can do the basics plus be able to handle Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) and video editing (Final Cut Pro, Premiere). Also if the student is taking Robotics a computer that can run Windows natively or a Apple Mac that can run Parallels is required.

Below are some recommended products, but are not what is required. These are only suggestions. If you would like addtional assistance please contact our Innovations department.

Apple MacBook Air (2019)

The 2019 version of the Apple MacBook Air is an excellent, lightweight computer. It will be more than enough computing power for Brentwood course work.

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 is a good Windows alternative to the Apple MacBook Air. Both share many of the same features and configurations. This is a good choice for students who want to run Windows and need a basic computer while at Brentwood.

Apple MacBook Pro

The Apple MacBook Pro is the more powerful laptop line from Apple. It comes in both a 13" and 15" size. Either of these 2 will be an excellent higher-end computer. Be sure to purchase with the maximum amount of RAM (usually 16GB or 32GB).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an excellent Windows laptop for students that require more horsepower for video editing.

Ensure you have it configured with at least 32GB of RAM and one of the higher end video cards.