Tech FAQ’s

Welcome! Listed below are some commonly asked questions regarding the laptop program at EPS. Do you have additional questions? Please email Jonathan Briggs at jbriggs@eastsideprep.org  Click to open and close the individual topics below.

For 2017-18 we are offering the following configurations (prices include tax, warranty, accidental damage coverage, software and shipping):For 2017-18 we are offering the following configurations (prices include tax, warranty, accidental damage coverage, software and shipping):

1. $2,267: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 370: i7

Specs: i7-7500U CPU @ 2.7-3.5 GHz, Dual-Core; 16GB of RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD hardrive, 1920×1080 Screen

2. $1,916: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 370: i5

Specs: i5-7200U CPU @ 2.5-3.1 GHz, Dual-Core; 8GB of RAM, 256 GB NVMe SSD hardrive, 1920×1080 Screen

All Computers have:

  • 4 year warranty
  • 4 year accidental damage
  • 3 year battery warranty-Active Digital Stylus, recharges in laptop
  • Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) AC Wifi and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Windows 10-Fingerprint reader
  • 720p Webcam and microphone
  • Bluetooth 4.1 (hardware can support 4.2)

Eastside Prep will provide:

  • Office 2016 license
  • Adobe Creative Cloud license
  • Upgrades to Windows 10 Education (Essentially Enterprise)
  • Access to the loaner pool of computers
We are making three models of Tablet PCs available this year. Whether your student will make use of the additional processing power of the higher performance models depends a lot on the computing load your student typically puts on the machine. All three machines are adequate for our curriculum. The Yoga 460 is a better overall deal in terms of computing power per dollar.

Please keep in mind that the computers listed are the only machines supported by our Technology Department.

Over the years we have found that students need to be able to draw out their ideas and when taking notes in math and science class, they need to use the notation of that course. While all notation is possible with just a mouse we find that it either doesn’t happen or creating diagrams is so involved that the student stops focusing on the lesson at hand. Additionally, Windows 10 is a touch oriented interface and having a touch screen makes that experience more enjoyable and efficient while having pen input allows for higher resolution drawing than a finger alone.
The machines are expensive because they have four years of warranty and accidental damage coverage in addition to being designed to last four years. The school environment is actually about as harsh as it gets for a laptop. In a typical day, the machine is opened and closed a dozen times, stuffed into a backpack seven or eight times and transported home and back, compare that to a typical office scenario and you can see that our machines need to be built with durability in mind. Our warranty and accidental damage protection also ensure that no matter what, that machine continues to be maintained during the projected life of the product.
While there has been a lot of talk about BYOD (bring your own device) we find that there is a huge benefit from having everyone on the same computer. This is analogous to having all of the students in an English class having the same version of Romeo and Juliette. Sure the capabilities are the same but there is no upside to going through the process of connecting each computing variant to the projector etc. As additional benefits we are able to offer better support by having the student computers on an enterprise level support contract vs. a consumer one and since faculty and students have the same type of machine, many of our student tech problems get solved in the classroom.
All families must submit the Tablet PC Form on our online forms system, School Forms Online, found here: https://sfo.inresonance.com/eastsideprep. Most families will purchase laptops through our school as these are fully supported by our tech office. If you plan to use your own, that needs to be indicated on the Tablet PC Laptop form. A conversation with our Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Jonathan Briggs, is suggested if you plan to go this route to ensure compatibility with our tech systems and use.
Computers are ordered in bulk and delivered to Eastside Prep in mid July. Once they arrive on site they are configured optimally for Eastside Prep with many of the programs we use preinstalled. They are also labeled with your student’s name (as is their charger). Tablets are picked up in late August after attending an hour info session on getting connected @ EPS.
Info session times and how to sign-up will go out via email as these dates draw closer, they are clustered around our opening advisor conferences.