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Choosing 1:1 computing devices for education

Windows, Apple or Chrome? We work with the world's leading device manufacturers for education to bring you quality, reliability and choice. There's options for every need.

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Laptops, tablets or convertibles? BT will guide you through the choices

The device is the part of your 1:1 strategy that really brings it to life. In the hands of each teacher and learner, the right device is the key to unlocking all the benefits that one-to-one computing can deliver. Through our close strategic partnerships with the world’s leading manufacturers of devices for education, we offer a wide range of options which includes the perfect model for every need and budget.

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We’re the experts for 1:1 devices and deployment

Here at we BT, we work with all the top manufacturers of education devices like Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, Asus and Microsoft Surface.

Whilst so many makes and models gives educators an abundance of options to choose from, narrowing it down can sometimes be a challenge. That’s where BT’s education specialists can help.

With tonnes of experience in device provision and 1:1 deployment, they’ll help you make the right device choices for the needs of your school, college or university.

Choosing the operating system is a key decision

Before you look at devices, you’ll need to decide which Operating System you prefer – Microsoft’s Windows 10, Apple’s iOS, or Google’s Chrome OS. This decision needs to be made in conjunction with deciding on the cloud platform or "ecosystem” you'll use, as well as which apps you want to adopt. For example, do you want to run Microsoft Office 365, Apple and iCloud, Google G Suite, or a combination?

Learn more about choosing a cloud platform and productivity apps for education

Windows 10

Windows 10 offers a huge range of device formats ideal for students and teachers, including laptops, two-in-ones and convertibles - at price points that work for education. Windows 10 is the platform that students will never outgrow, with all the power and performance to be productive anywhere – on and offline.

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iPad and Mac

iPad is so intuitive that students can instantly take an idea and run with it. Designed to create freedom to move and with inbuilt productivity apps, it works everywhere – with or without an internet connection. Mac provides the power for more ambitious projects.


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Chromebooks

With a variety of formats available, Chromebooks look like traditional laptops, tablets, two-in-ones or convertibles. They’re meant for browser-based activity, so offer limited functionality offline, but this often makes them attractive from a price-only perspective.


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With tonnes of experience in 1:1 device provision, we'll help you make the right choices

Get the conversation started with one of our Education IT specialists today

Things to look for when choosing devices for education

Will the battery last the full school day?

Is it robust enough to withstand everyday use in school?

Is it light enough for students to comfortably hold and carry around?

Can it be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe?

What form-factor is best for the needs of students and teachers?

How good is the wi-fi antenna for a seamless connectivity experience?

What security features are built into the device?

Can touch and pen be used?

Windows 10 devices for Education

Prepare your students for the future with personalised, inclusive and immersive learning experiences on a device that’s powered by Windows 10. It’s the Windows you know, combined with the security you need and the latest features like Inking and Pen. Some devices come with a specific version of Windows 10 called "Windows 10 Education".  In this edition of the operating system, some settings have already been configured especially for use in educational settings, like disabled access to the Windows Store and Cortana.

Our pick of the best

Acer TravelMate B3

Acer
TravelMate B3

An ultra-durable laptop, that's ideal for all-round general education use


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 11.6” screen
  • Up to 12 hour battery life1
  • Intel® Celeron® N4120 quad-core processor for low power consumption and high performance
  • 4Gb memory
  • 64Gb storage
  • Blazing fast 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Military Standard 2 impact-resistant design. Also spill resistant
  • Mechanically anchored hard-to-remove keys
  • Front-cover battery indicator alerting teachers to low charge
  • HD webcam with camera shutter
  • Micro SD card reader
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • One year standard warranty

Education only price £186.84 Ex VAT3

Prices may change without notice, please check for latest pricing.

Acer TravelMate Spin B3

Acer
TravelMate Spin B3

All the features of the B3, but with extra functionality for even more classroom flexibility


  • Multi-modal laptop with a screen that “spins” into four different display modes
  • Mode 1 - Laptop: Works great as a traditional clamshell laptop
  • Mode 2 - Tablet: Spin the screen to lie flat in tablet mode which is great when standing up in class to present work
  • Mode 3 - Tent: Great for shared learning experiences in small groups, or when collaborating
  • Mode 4 - Display: Ideal for watching video content
  • The 11.6” screen is enabled for touch, offering an alternative way to interact 
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • One year standard warranty

Education only price £250.00 Ex VAT3

Prices may change without notice, please check for latest pricing.

Lenovo WinBook 100e

Lenovo
WinBook 100e

A durable laptop built to withstand the rigors of the classroom


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 11.6” screen
  • Up to 13.6 hour extra-long battery life1
  • AMD 3015e dual core processor
  • 4Gb memory
  • 64Gb storage
  • Blazing fast 2x2 802.11ax Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Semi-rugged design with reinforced ports and hinges
  • Spill-resistant keyboard with peel-resistant keys
  • Front-facing 720p HD camera
  • Micro SD card reader
  • Windows 10 Pro Education
  • One year standard warranty

Education only price £202.40 Ex VAT3

Prices may change without notice, please check for latest pricing.

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft
Surface Go 2

An ultra portable and versatile device - use as a tablet or a laptop


  • This 10.5” touch-screen tablet is also enabled for natural writing and drawing with Surface Pen (sold separately)
  • The lightest and most compact Surface yet, weighing just 1.2lb (excluding Type Cover)
  • Use it as a tablet, or convert to a laptop format using the built-in kickstand and a Surface Go Type Cover (sold separately)
  • Up to 10 hour battery life1
  • Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y
  • 4Gb memory
  • 64Gb storage
  • Blazing fast 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Front and rear-facing HD cameras
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • One year standard warranty

Education only price £343.20 Ex VAT3

Prices may change without notice, please check for latest pricing.

Asus C204MA-G Chromebook

HP
Probook 450 G8

Dependable classroom performance with large screen & spill resistant keyboard


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 15.6” screen
  • Long battery life1
  • Intel® Core i5 1135G7 processor
  • 8Gb memory
  • 256Gb SSD storage
  • Blazing fast 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Spill resistant keyboard
  • 720p HD camera
  • Compact, light, slim chassis with aluminium components is easy to carry from place to place
  • Enhanced with security and privacy from the BIOS up
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • One year standard warranty

Education only price £508.20 Ex VAT3

Prices may change without notice, please check for latest pricing.

Ask us about Windows 10 devices with current availability to meet your 1:1 timescales.

Get the conversation started with one of our Education IT specialists today

Apple iOS devices for education

Depending on the needs of your students and teachers, you can go for a mix of both iPad and Mac in your learning environment, alongside Apple TV. Teachers and students can share what’s on their device with the whole class by file sharing, or even mirroring through AirDrop and Apple TV. Our Apple Education Specialists can help you decide on the right devices for your school, college or university.  And because we're an Apple Authorised Education Specialist - one of just a handful in the UK - we've got all the know-how you need.

Our pick of the best

Apple 10.2-inch iPad

Apple
10.2-inch iPad

Everything you need from iPad for creative classroom experiences


  • 8th generation 10.2” multi-touch tablet
  • Apple A12 Bionic 64-bit processor
  • Apple iPadOS 14 operating system
  • 32 GB storage
  • Up to 10 hour battery life1
  • 1.2 megapixel camera
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity
  • Space grey finish
  • 1 year standard warranty

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Apple 11-inch iPad Pro

Apple
11-inch iPad Pro

The perfect iPad for those who like a larger screen and more storage


  • 2nd generation 11” multi-touch tablet
  • A12Z Bionic 64-bit processor
  • Apple iPadOS operating system
  • 128 GB storage
  • Up to 10 hour battery life1
  • Camera with 5x digital zoom
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity
  • Space grey finish
  • 1 year standard warranty

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Apple 21.5-inch iMac

Apple
21.5-inch iMac

Ideal for specialist subjects that need more power, like music or graphics


  • All-in-one iMac with 21.5" Retina 4K display
  • Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) processor with Turbo Boost Technology
  • Apple macOS Catalina 10.15 operating system
  • 8Gb memory
  • 256Gb SSD storage
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560X graphics
  • HD camera
  • Apple Magic Keyboard and Mouse 2
  • 1 year standard warranty

Contact us for education pricing3

We're an Apple Authorised Education Specialist. Start your Apple 1:1 journey with us

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Chromebooks for education

We offer Chromebooks from all the major manufacturers of devices for education including HP, Acer, Asus and Lenovo. Designed predominantly for browser-based activity, Chromebooks offer limited functionality offline. This keeps the price low, which can be attractive when making cost-based decisions, but it doesn't always follow that Chromebooks are the cheapest option.  The starting price for a Windows 10 device that's built for education can actually be pretty similar.

Our pick of the best

Asus C204MA-G Chromebook

Asus
C204MA-G Chromebook

An ultra-rugged Chromebook in a classic laptop form-factor that's built especially for the classroom


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 11.6" anti-glare screen
  • Up to 11 hour battery life1
  • Intel Celeron N4020 1.1Ghz dual core processor
  • 4Gb memory
  • 32Gb storage
  • Blazing fast 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Military Standard2 impact and spill-resistant design
  • Tough rubber bumper protects all four exterior edges and corners to reduce impact from physical shocks
  • 720p front-facing HD camera (no privacy shutter)
  • Chrome OS
  • 3 year standard warranty

Contact us for education pricing3

Asus C204MA-G Chromebook

Acer
311 C733U Chromebook

Ideal for all-day classroom use with a low-energy consuming AMD processor, military standard2 spec and a long battery life.


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 11.6” LCD display
  • Up to 10 hour battery life1
  • Intel Celeron N4000 1.10 GHz dual-core processor ideal for highly graphical classroom projects
  • 4Gb memory
  • 32Gb storage
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi connectivity
  • Smaller than an A4 sheet and weighs just 1kg
  • Integrated webcam
  • Fast 8 second boot time gets students working quickly
  • Chrome OS
  • 1 year standard warranty

Contact us for education pricing3

Asus C204MA-G Chromebook

Acer
314 C933 Chromebook

The larger 14” screen size is great for multi-tasking, yet this laptop style Chromebook is still compact and lightweight.


  • Traditional laptop form-factor with 14” LCD display ideal for bright light conditions
  • Up to 12.5 hour battery life1
  • Intel Celeron N4000 1.10 GHz dual-core processor ideal for highly graphical classroom projects
  • 4Gb memory
  • 32Gb storage
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi connectivity
  • Smaller than an A4 sheet and weighs just 1kg
  • Integrated webcam
  • Fast 8 second boot time gets students working quickly
  • Chrome OS
  • 1 year standard warranty

Contact us for education pricing3

Ask us about the latest Chromebook deals and availability

Get the conversation started with one of our Education IT specialists today

Things you need to know

  1. Battery life varies depending on product model, configuration, power settings and usage, among other factors.
  2. MIL Standards (MIL-STD 810G) are a set of U.S. military grade tests to check the durability of a wide range of products.
  3. All prices are shown in GBP and are exclusive of VAT. Prices are for education customers only. Prices are available only whilst current stocks last and whilst correct at time of publication (1st October 2020), they may change without notice. Due to the impact of Coronavirus on worldwide manufacturing and distribution of devices, there have been universal stock shortages in the UK. We have chosen to feature these models based on our best understanding of short to medium term availability at the time of publication (1st Oct 2020), however this is subject to demand and change.  All offers are subject to availability. Nothing on this page forms part of any contract. E&OE.

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