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BYOD for 2021 – Urgent Attention Required

I’m afraid that the end of the year is fast approaching – we’ve had a few calls already about BYOD devices required, particularly for new High School students for next year. If this is going to apply to you, please don’t leave it to the last minute. When the lockdown started in March and people realised that they were going to be working from home, the stocks available through our suppliers took an enormous hit – they still haven’t caught up. Laptops in particular are still hard to get and have increased in price. The sooner you get onto this, the better.

Here are the specifications from the Cambridge High School Website:

Minimum Requirements

  • 10 – 15 inch screen
  • At least 5 hours of battery power
  • Must have enough storage to download and install Office 365 – needs 3GB
  • Internet capable (Wifi connectivity – 801.11N/ac preferred)
  • Ability to create and edit common documents such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Suitable, durable bag/cover for protection

Strongly Recommended

  • A keyboard – external is preferable
  • Availability of loan device when repairs are needed
  • A PDF Reader like Adobe Reader – free to download
  • Malware protection, e.g. Malware Bytes
  • Antivirus – free to download e.g. AVG (Do NOT purchase MacAfee, not compatible with school system)
  • Accidental Cover (damage, theft, burglary, dire, loss)


And here is our advice:

  1. We would go for a 14″ screen because they seem to be cheaper and more available at the moment, plus they’re smaller and lighter than 15″
  2. Avoid Intel Celeron or Ryzen AMD A processors, you want Intel i5 or higher or AMD Ryzen 3 or higher
  3. An SSD if you can get it, they’re much faster and more durable than mechanical hard drives, bearing in mind that this device will undergo a lot of movement and use. 256 (or 240) GB is plenty. If you go to 128GB make sure your son or daughter saves everything in the Cloud
  4.  Battery life needs to be good as mentioned above
  5. We don’t recommend free anti-virus software (as above). ESET is the one we suggest – it’s effective, doesn’t take up too much space or try to upgrade you constantly, and is good value for money

We’re more than happy to advise you on any BYOD device that you’re considering or source one for you. The main thing is that you get onto this ASAP because the demand is still outstripping the supply, particularly for good quality laptops in the lower price range. 

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