Selecting a Laptop


The Australian Government has introduced new laws, that mean you cannot purchase add-on insurance products such as ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) at point of sale, you will now be offered to purchase ADP via email 4 Days after purchase.
​We still recommend purchasing ADP.

Do you want a no fuss laptop that will last for three years?

Brisbane Bayside State College has selected two devices with a three-year warranty and $0 excess Accidental Damage Protection (ADP).

The ADP coverage allows one $0 Excess ADP claim a year for 3 years. Any issues with the device can be diagnosed and rep​​​aired by the school.

For more information and educational pricing go to:

Dell Option

Dell Laptop from Datacom (Laptop + 3 Year ADP & Warranty $1,215)


Username: bbsc 

Password: byod

Purchase ADP using the Dell Support app on the device

​​Selecting a device for sc​hool

Do not purchase a Chromebook as they are not compatible with the EQ Network.

Do not purchase a device without 5Ghz Wi-Fi

We have identified 5 questions to ask when choosing a device.

Can it connect to the school network?

Devices must be compatible with a 5Ghz Wi-Fi Network, often called "Dual Band Wi-Fi"

We recommend Windows 10 devices over Apple devices on the EQ Network.

Never buy a Chromebook as they do not operate on the EQ Network

If in doubt, ask your retailer "Does this device run Windows 10 and will this device connect to five Gigahertz Wi-Fi?"

Will it last the whole school day?

Battery life can vary depending on usage and batteries degrade over time.

We recommend an advertised battery life of 8 hours.

If in doubt, ask your retailer "Will this device last an entire school day, even after three years of use?"

Is it fast enough to be useful?

Our experience shows the two main indicators of BYOD performance is the number of CPU threads and SSD storage.

Never buy a device with an Mechanical HDD, always choose a 128gb or larger Solid State Drive (SSD).

Always buy a device with 4 or more CPU threads.

    • If in doubt, ask your retailer "Is the storage drive a 128gb or larger solid state drive and does this device have four or more CPU threads?"

If it breaks, can it be fixed?

Technology fails and accidents happen. By choosing a device with more repair options

  • Save money by repairing instead of replacing
  • Reduce stress when accidents occur

We recommend choosing a 3 year Warranty and $0 excess Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) with your device.

Or, choose a device which can be repaired by your local laptop repair shop if it breaks

If in doubt, ask your retailer "What repair options do I have for this device if it breaks?"

What steps can I take to protect my laptop?

When not in use, always store your device in a hard case, often called an EVA Case.

Never put the device in a bag with a water bottle.

Identify your laptop with a security stickers or engraving.

Purchasing software

You don’t need to purchase any optional software (e.g. Microsoft Office) with your laptop.

We do not recommend purchasing Trend Micro or McAfee anti-virus as they often have issues on school network.

Please contact us with any questions at

Last reviewed 02 November 2022
Last updated 02 November 2022