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.


The global pandemic has disrupted the supply chain of microchips and severely affected the availability of the devices we offer for our BYOD program. If you delay in buying a device, your preferred one may not be available later!

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
  • 13" Touch Screen
  • 12th Generation Intel Core Processor
  • 8 GB RAM, 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year Warranty

Microsoft’s Surface Pro line are a proven-popular convertible multi-touch device. The device has an excellent quality screen and is supplied with the both the Surface Pro type cover and the Surface pen for use with note-taking. The Surface is an exceptionally versatile device for use with our BYOD program

Lenovo L13 Yoga G4
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga L13
  • 13.3" WUXGA Touch Screen
  • 13th Generation Intel Core Processor
  • 8GB RAM, 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad Yoga L13 is the school’s premier device for Bring Your Own Device. Featuring a full HD touch screen and a Yoga hinge that rotates 360 degrees, the Yoga’s full-sized attached keyboard provides a more conventional experiences compared to the Suface Pro while maintaining the Surface’s utility. The device is adaptable to any situation a device may be used at school.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5
Microsoft Surface Laptop
  • 13.5" Touch Screen
  • 12th Generation Core i3 Intel Processor
  • up to 16GB RAM, 512GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year Warranty

The conventional form-factor of the Surface Laptop is excellent for students with strong typing and content creation focus. It eschews fancy bells and whistles to concentrate on being the best laptop. Thin and light to fit well in a school bag. Battery life is excellent. A safe choice for a conventional laptop meeting the requirements of the BYOD program.

Apple MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air
  • 13.3" "Retina" screen
  • Apple M1 processor
  • 8GB RAM, 256GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty option

The MacBook Air is a comparable choice to the Lenovo ThinkPad and Microsoft Surface Laptop. It’s a popular and capable choice in the school’s BYOD program with good all-round performance, and coupled with Apple’s excellent build quality. This is the product choice for for users preferring the Apple platform.

Note: Note: this model MacBook can no longer run Windows. This may limit its use for CAD drawing. Students may need to make alternative arrangements such as using school computer labs for some tasks.

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:


  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 2023 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 generally be fulfilled in two weeks:
    • Check the current availability of each model inside the purchasing portal
    • 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 14"
  • Asus ZenBook 13/14
  • HP Envy x360
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X13

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. Test the device. Make sure it works correctly for you at home and has no signs of damage.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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