Re: Jaws System Requirements

Tom Behler



I didn’t know the Dell Lattitude could come without a number pad.


That is good info, since I really don’t use the number pad much.


Tom Behler



From: Michael Mote [mailto:miketmote73@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws System Requirements


Tom, I should have pointed out to you that I use a Dell Latitude for work, and I love its performance.  You can get them either with or without the number pad, and either way, they are fairly light weight.  Good luck with finding the one that fits your needs.  There are lots of good choices.




From: Tom Behler [mailto:tombehler@...]
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2016 8:16 PM
Subject: Re: Jaws System Requirements


Thanks, Jeanette.


Lenovo think pads are definitely on my list of laptops to look at seriously.


So, thanks for the confirmation.


Dr.  Tom Behler from Michigan



From: Jeanette McAllister [mailto:jeanette@...]
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2016 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: Jaws System Requirements


I use a Lenovo ThinkPad, Windows 10 and Jaws 17. I've had no problems.

Dr. Jeanette McAllister



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On Mar 12, 2016, at 11:38 PM, Tom Behler <tombehler@...> wrote:

Hello, all.


I’m getting ready to purchase a new laptop computer, and want to be sure I get one that is adequate for Jaws.  I currently use Jaws 16, and my SMA covers Jaws 17.  So I will likely put Jaws 17 on the new computer.


I realize that any new laptop will have Windows 10 as its operating system, and am prepared to begin learning to use Jaws with that new operating system.


My question is this:


What should I be looking for in a laptop?  I found the following system requirements on the Freedom Scientific web site, but wonder whether those are absolute minimum requirements:


Summary: Software and hardware specifications for JAWS


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JAWS Home Use Edition and JAWS Professional

Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows Server 2008 

Processor speed

Minimum 1.5 GHz processor 

Memory (RAM)

4 GB recommended (64-bit)

2 GB recommended (32-bit) 

Required hard disk space

20 MB to 690 MB required per voice for installing Vocalizer Expressive, Vocalizer Direct, or RealSpeak Solo Direct voices (file sizes will vary depending on the voice installed) 


A display adapter capable of at least 800 x 600 screen resolution with 16-bit color (1024 x 768 screen resolution with 32-bit color recommended) 


Windows compatible sound card (for speech)

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Any specific recommendations would be appreciated.


Are there certain brands of laptops I should stay away from?  Right now, I’m thinking of either an HP or a Dell.


Dr.  Tom Behler from Michigan


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