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
Microsoft Surface Pro
  • 12.3" Touch Screen
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM, 256GB 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 Yoga L390
Lenovo ThinkPad X260
  • 13.3" FHD Touch Screen
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad Yoga L390 is a thin and light device that features Lenovo's Yoga hinge: the device has a conventional keyboard but it can rotate up to 360 degrees to allow the device to be used as a tablet or propped up in "tent-pole" form-factor. The Yoga provides a more conventional experience compared to the Surface Pro, while maintaining much of the Surface's extra utility. Looked after the device should readily complete four years of high school service.

Lenovo ThinkPad L390
Lenovo ThinkPad 13
  • 13.3" HD Screen
  • 8th Generation Core i3 Intel Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

This non-Yoga version of the L390 is aimed at the education market. It is a solid, conventional laptop. It has no fancy bells and whistles. Instead it's designed to be an all-round device with good battery life and satisfactory performance. The ThinkPad L390 is a safe choice for a basic device in the school's BYOD program.

Apple MacBook Air 13"
Apple MacBook Air 13"
  • 13.3" "Retina" screen
  • 8th Generation Core i5 Processor
  • 8GB RAM, 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The MacBook Air is a conventional laptop with a long lineage and strong reputation. If you prefer the Apple platform, it's a good choice compared to Apple's higher-positioned laptop options.

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 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 2020 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:

  • You can nominate your local or other preferred store for pickup.
  • 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.
  • If you elect to use the school's local JB Hi-Fi store - JB Hi-Fi Moore Park Supa Centa - you are also entitled to a 10% discount on accessories for the device purchased in store at the time of picking up your device.

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 X270

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. You're not permitted to charge your device in class, 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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