BYOD Device Selection and Purchasing

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device purchasing and operations

You may elect to bring any device which meets the Device Specification. However, selecting a technology device is not simple, and the Specification is particular. Our recommended devices are designed to simplify your choices and purchasing processes.

Recommended Devices

You can purchase one of these recommended devices from our BYOD Purchasing Portal.
See Purchasing a Recommended Device, below.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
  • 12.3" Touch Screen
  • 6th Generation Intel Core m3 or Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year Warranty

The Microsoft Surface Pro is the best convertible multi-touch device available on the market. The device has an excellent quality screen and is supplied with the Surface Pro 'Type Cover'. The Surface is an exceptionally versatile device for use with our BYOD program.

Lenovo ThinkPad X260
Lenovo ThinkPad X260
  • 12.5" HD or FHD Screen
  • 6th Generation Core i3 or Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB or 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad X260 is a thin and very light device that fits well in a school bag. Battery life is excellent. Looked after, the X260 should readily complete four years of high school service.

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e (Windows)
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e (Windows)
  • 11.6" HD Screen
  • 4rd Generation Intel Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad 11e is Lenovo’s speciality education product. It features rubber bumpers and a thicker screen surround to help it withstand the bumps inherent with bringing a device to school. It’s heavier and a slower device than the other options, but is well positioned for our BYOD program.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13
Lenovo ThinkPad 13
  • 13.3" HD Screen
  • 6th Generation Core i3 Intel Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad 13 is more than the bigger version of the ThinkPad 11e. It is a little larger and heavier than the ThinkPad X260 but will perform similarly to the Core i3 version of its X-series sibling.

Apple MacBook Air 13"
Apple MacBook Air 13"
  • 13.3" 1440x900 resolution screen
  • 5th Generation Core i5 Processor
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The MacBook Air is the most comparable device to (though physically larger than) the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 in specification and price point. It’s a good all-round choice if you prefer the Apple platform.

Purchasing a Recommended Device

Sydney Boys High School has partnered with Lenovo and JB Hi-Fi Education to make our recommended devices available for purchase by the school community.

The process for purchasing is as follows:

  1. Visit our purchasing portal.
  2. Access our purchasing portal by using the access code:


    Note: this code is different to the code advised in the BYOD 2017 Handbook

    Note: this code is case-sensitive.

  3. Review the product offering and the warranty and Accidental Damage Protection upgrade options.
  4. Add the appropriate device and options to your cart.
  5. Click Checkout.
  6. Follow the procedure to complete the purchase process.
    • Enter your son's name and year group in 2017 in the boxes as prompted.
    • You may elect to pay by credit card or BPAY.
    • 12-month interest-free finance arrangements are also available.

For further information about using the purchasing portal, JB Hi-Fi Education have prepared a set of common questions and answers to assist you.

Order Processing and Delivery

In order to provide best value to you, orders are sourced through JB Hi-Fi's retail store network. This works as follows:

  • Until the start of the 2017 school year, purchases are available for pickup from a JB Hi-Fi store.
    • You can nominate your local or other preferred store for pickup.
    • Once the 2017 school year begins, orders will instead be delivered to the school. The school will notify your son when the order is ready for pick-up.
  • All models are stocked by JB Hi-Fi's warehousing system.
  • Orders will be fulfilled in two weeks:
    • The first orders are expected to be available in early December.
    • JB Hi-Fi Education will notify you that it is ready for collection in store.

Other Device Options

Apart from those devices which we recommend and which you can buy through our purchasing portal, there are dozens of other suitable devices in the market from which you can choose.

For example, the following devices all meet the BYOD program's Device Specification:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13"
  • Asus Transformer T100HA
  • Asus ZenBook UX305FA
  • HP Pavilion x360
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260

Take care to ensure your chosen device meets the Device Specification.
Ensuring it meets the requirements for Wireless Network connectivity can be difficult when buying in store.

An important note about software

None of our recommended devices ship with Microsoft Office and a word processor and a spreadsheet product are a requirement of the Software section of the Device Specification. Microsoft Office for Windows, Apple OS X and Apple iOS are available to students free of charge.

Students can find instructions for obtaining this software by logging into the Student Portal. For new students, information on accessing the Student Portal is provided during the first few weeks of school.

Getting Started with Your Device

Once you receive your device, there's a few things to do before it can be used at school the first time.

  1. Complete the device setup processes to create a user account, etc on the device.
  2. Upgrade your Windows 8 device to Windows 10.
    Windows 8.0 devices are required to update to Windows 8.1 or newer. The update is free.
  3. Test the device. Make sure it works correctly for you at home and has no signs of damage.
  4. Make sure you understand and sign the Bring Your Own Device User Charter. The signed document must be returned before the device can connect to a network at school.
  5. Students should review the Device Onboarding Procedure on the Student Portal before bringing the device to school. This will ensure the device can be readily connected and used at school.

With that out of the way, charge the device and it's ready to go. The device should be brought to school each day. No power charging facilities are available at school, so leave the charger at home.

Questions and Feedback

If you have questions or feedback on the Sydney Boys High School 'Bring Your Own Device' Program you can contact the Bring Your Own Device Delivery Team at:

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