For parents & students

BYOD lets you choose the devices that are right for your family, without being locked into an institutional choice (that's often either too little or too much computer for you).

Your school or university will provide specifications so you can be sure your system is compatible. Most Lenovo products run Windows 8 with WiFi, compatible with any well-designed BYOD system. Some of our products use the Android operating system, one of the most popular mobile OSs.

Choosing a device to 'BYO'

The first thing is to make sure it's compatible with your school, college or university's systems. Lenovo laptops and tablets are compatible with all well-designed BYOD systems.

Wireless compatibility

BYO devices need to be compatible with standard WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), ideally the latest 5GHz 802.11ac standard.

Battery life

Look for battery life that will get you through the school day. We recommend a minimum of eight hours.

Operating system

Windows 8 or 8.1 is the standard operating system on Lenovo PCs, which the great majority of schools can support.

Processor power and graphics

You only really need to worry about this for demanding applications like video editing and rendering, high-end design or heavy-duty number-crunching (like rocket science).

Our high end laptops (W Series, T440 and high-end X series) are built for this kind of work.

For more typical student work like essays, web research, lower-level maths and stats, any of our laptop models can do a good to excellent job.

Memory and storage

What you need depends on how you're using you devices. We recommend a minimum of 2GB memory (RAM) and 64GB of storage for basic use. For demanding use, you can expand this to 8, 12 or 32GB of RAM and as much as 1TB of storage in Lenovo laptops, depending on the model.

Other features

A camera and microphone are essential. Flexible devices like the ThinkPad Yoga can reconfigure as laptops or tablets to adapt to different situations. For instance, use it in tablet mode for gathering data in the field, then change to laptop mode to write up a report. A touch screen and digitiser pen take this flexibility even further.

Tough, but not too heavy

Any device has to be able to survive student life. Here are some of the design features in Lenovo's: motion sensors to shutdown a dropped hard drive before it hits the ground; roll cages; spill-resistant keyboards; one-button data recovery.

The maximum weight recommended for a laptop is 2.8kg. Even our heaviest laptops pass, and our lightest are less than half this weight.

Warranty and support

As the world's number 1 PC maker, Lenovo's products are well proven and supported worldwide. All come with Lenovo's standard warranty which can be upgraded to as long as five years, with options for protecting against accidental damage and on-site service. So you can choose the level of support you need. Full details are available here.