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.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
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
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)
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
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"
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:
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:
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:
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.
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: