Top Rated BYOD Devices of 2021

Kai Ping Lew By Kai Ping Lew - updated January 27th, 2021
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With BYOD season approaching fast, we have compiled a handy list of the top-rated BYOD devices available right now. Our list is not only for the latest models but also NZ's favourites based on customer reviews & ratings!

Quick List! Top 5 BYOD Laptops 

  1. 12.4" Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - Intel i5 Laptop
  2. 15.6" Acer Aspire 3 - Intel 10th Gen i5 Laptop
  3. 11.6" Asus ChromeBook - Intel Celeron Laptop
  4. 14" Lenovo S340 - Intel Celeron Chromebook
  5. 10.5" Microsoft Surface Go 2 - Intel Pentium Tablet

There is a great range of brands & models to choose from but to help pick you the best-suited one we have broken down ideal BYOD devices for all education levels and environments.

1. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is the lightest Surface laptop yet and is particularly suited to the needs of education users. Connectivity is vesatile, featuring both USB-C and USB-A ports, with a headphone jack too. The 12.4" touchscreen allows us to use the new Surface Laptop Go in new ways.

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The Surface Laptop GO is powerful & responsive, ideal for serious school work
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The lightweight design is very portable, with excellent keyboard spacing making it a joy to use

With a 13-hour battery life, thin and light form factor, and 10th Gen Intel i5 processor, it can easily run education applications with memory and performance to spare. The full-size keyboard gives users the perfect balance between key travel and responsiveness, with a large, precision trackpad for comfortable navigation. As an added plus, the built-in HD camera allows teachers and students to make films and video call for easy remote learning.

2. Acer Aspire 3 Laptop

Another great value premium option, the Acer Aspire 3 Laptop is an amazing pick for students who require a larger display on their laptop, with it still being very portable.

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With a larger 14" display, this Acer Aspire 3 is ideal for multitasking
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The slim design is portable and lightweight at less than 2KG

Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 CPU, 256GB SSD and that stunning 14" 1920x1080 display, this laptop delivers exceptional performance at a great price. The larger display really makes this one stand out from the crowd.

3. ASUS C214MA Chromebook

Offering amazing value for money, the ASUS Flip C214MA Delux Chromebook features a classroom-rugged design through a wrapped protective guard, spill-proof keyboard and ultratough I/O ports. ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA is not only rugged though, it's designed to be comfortable. The long key travel on the keyboard 1.5mm gives much better tactile feedback, for a more responsive and comfortable desktop-like typing experience.

The Asus Chromebook with spill resistant keyboard
Designed for everyday use by children, the Asus C214 design features a spill resistant keyboard
The Asus Chromebook with flip screen design
The touchscreen can be flipped with ease, the durable hinges hold firm

With up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, children will have less downtime and more learning time. PB Tech customer Sulee has said, “Rugged design adds to the overall aesthetic making it a stylish machine and one that I'm not worried about being dropped”.

4. Lenovo S340 Chromebook

The Lenovo S340 Chromebook is ready for the task! Faster, simpler, and more secure, the Chromebook S340 (14") is powered by an efficient Intel Celeron processor so you can enjoy the easy-to-use Chrome OS, and multiple applications without a hitch. It also has a full keyboard and spacious trackpad for optimal workflow. You can take this Chromebook device with you anywhere and get all of your work done efficiently.

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Although very portable, the Lenovo S340 Chromebook has great keyboard spacing
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The slim design combined with powerful components makes the S340 a treat to use

That larger size allows for a plentiful IO feature set. Two ultrafast USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, and audio jack. Built-in 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 make connecting wirelessly a breeze.

 

5. Microsoft Surface Go 2 Tablet

One of Microsoft’s latest and most mobile BYOD devices is the Surface Go 2 Tablet, which delivers amazing performance and functionality with a stunning touchscreen display all packed into a super lightweight design.

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The keyboard cover transforms this tablet into a versatile laptop-like device
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Great for young and old(er), the Microsoft Surface Go 2 offers a premium experience for all

At a measly 522 grams, you can enjoy ultra-portability with this great device. The Surface Go 2 is such great choice those who want a great windows experience on the move.

6. Apple 13" MacBook Pro M1

The newly improved Apple 13" MacBook M1 Pro is a great premium pick for tertiary students and users who enjoy the familiar, easy-to-use macOS interface. You won’t feel bad about spending a bit more on this laptop as you will get heaps of excellent features in return.

Wow, we have already made it through 6 amazing top-rated BYOD Devices that you can pick up for the 2021 BYOD season! There is heaps more of BYOD Laptops, Chromebooks, Tablets, Macbooks up for grabs, and we'll continue to update with more of the latest and best!


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