Which Laptop?


Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

Using a laptop for learning

Secondary students are required to have a laptop for their schoolwork which can be configured by the school for the school network. While this laptop can also be used at home for leisure activities it should primarily be thought of as a device for completing schoolwork.

So what kind of portable computer will best support students in their learning at Bangkok Patana School?

Older students will have probably formed a good idea about 'what works best for them'. Some will prefer a high powered TabletPC running Windows 7 while others will prefer an Apple Mac Book Pro.

We have learnt during the first year of our laptop programme that students are not able to complete their school work unless their laptop is of a certain standard so we have agreed on the following minimum specifications for laptops the students are required to provide.

Minimum Specs

12" screen, 4GB Memory (RAM), 120GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Professional, USB 2.0 port, 802.11n wireless capability and students should have their own headphones (or ear-pieces) for their laptop.


We recommend that a similar laptop to the ones the school purchases would be most compatible with the systems and teaching here at Patana. In particular the 802.11n wireless connection will allow students to take advantage of our powerful wireless infrastructure. Currently we recommend the Acer Aspire V5-473PG

Acer TravelMate P643

Acer Aspire V5-473PG

4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (1.6GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz, 3 MB L3 Cache, DDR3 1333MHz), supporting Intel Smart Cache
4GB DDR3-1333 Memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 4GB
Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, GLAN, WLAN, HDMI, webcam
Touch Screen 14 inch HD (1366 x 768 pixel)Acer CineCrystal
Windows 8 Single Language
4-cell Li-polymer Battery
Support SD card, Two USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 port featuring power-off USB charging
weight 2.0 kg

3 Year warranty Part&Labor include onsite NBD BKK & 1 Year warranty for batteryThe cost is 27,713 baht ( VAT included) If you would like to receive a quote for an Acer Aspire V5-473PG laptop computer please complete the form below

If you would like to receive a quote for an Acer Aspire V5-473PG laptop computer please complete the form which you will find in the 'forms' section of the Parents' Gateway:

Acer offer 'onsite service next business day' support to students with Acer laptops.

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Using a laptop for learning

Top 5 List

Here is a list of the top five things you should consider when buying a laptop for school.

  1. Price. A portable computer is more susceptible to loss and damage than a desktop computer so don't choose a very expensive model.
  2. Features. Wireless enabled, USB ports, long battery life, comfortable touch pad.
  3.  Warranty. A service agreement with a local company will give you peace of mind and maximise your 'up' time.
  4. Software. An internet browser, antivirus protection and suite of office programs is a must. See the 'software' button on the left of this page for more information.
  5. Size and strength. Light enough to carry around school yet strong enough to last for many years.

Using a laptop for learning

Please note that the dimensions of the inside of school lockers are 70cm x 37cm x 29cm. This needs to be taken into consideration when choosing a laptop for school use.

Using a laptop for learning

If you are considering a Linux or Apple computer be aware that the current curriculum at Patana has developed around the PC platform.

A couple of subject areas use software for which there is no exact open source or Mac equivalent.

Students currently using Mac laptops have found Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop have allowed them to run Microsoft Windows. The school's IT Department however can only support Virtual Box for Mac (and only the Virtual Box that they provide).