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 8 while others will prefer an Apple Mac Book Pro.
We have learnt over the years 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.
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 V5-471P-53334G50Mass
14" HDLED (1366x768) touch screen
Intel i5-3337U processor
4GB Memory (RAM)
500GB Hard Drive
3 year's onsite warranty.
The cost is around 24,000 baht (plus VAT - special price for Bangkok Patana School).
The laptop will have Windows 8 64-bit Professional installed by Acer but you will only be charged for Windows Starter Kit as the upgrade is covered by the school's licence.
If you would like to receive a quote for an Acer Aspire V5-471P-53334G50Mass 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.
* See also our Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the top five things you should consider when buying a laptop for school.
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.
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).