Which Device?

We wish to encourage students to have devices that are adequate for school and classroom use. If considering a device to purchase we encourage you to consider a product that includes these features to ensure your son has the greatest possible access to the educational resources that will support and enhance learning. The type of device that you consider will also relate to the type of subjects that your son studies, particularly in the senior school. Device configurations change regularly, as do prices.

We have relationships with a number of resellers who understand our preferences and in most cases will provide discounted prices, finance and bundled deals

Cyclone (Online Only)

Harvey Norman

P B Technologies

Noel Leeming

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BYOD Flyer

Prices valid until 31 March 2019 or until stocks last

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Shape the Future Devices – Robust rugged laptops – Recommended
Low spec Devices – Slower but still capable
Medium to High End Devices
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Prices valid until 30 November or until stocks last

  • Cyclone (online only) – Cyclone operate an online shop through which special pricing is available for our students.
  • PB Technologies – PBTech sells a wide range of laptops and netbooks. Packages can include warranty, insurance and finance options (https://www.pbtech.co.nz/finance).  PB Technologies also have a physical store in Wairau Park where these prices are available. Joshua Yoon is our main contact and can help you. He can also be emailed at [email protected]
  • Noel Leeming – Noel Leeming staff are aware of our preferred devices and can give advice and provide a range of suitable devices.  Our closest store is in Wairau Park. NLG offer 30 minutes free training & complimentary Loan devices during warranty repair.
  • Harvey Norman – Our closest store is in Wairau Park. They understand our requirements and can provide advice on choices of suitable devices.

Model Considerations

Is this the student’s main, or a secondary device?  Is specialist software, or alternatives, required/desired for particular courses?

  • Some tablets will provide students with a limited learning tool and can be used as an information consumption device.
  • A laptop or tablet with a full operating system and keyboard provides students with a comprehensive learning tool. This provides the greatest flexibility, and will tend to have a longer usable life.
  • Models change frequently and there are now a number of hybrid tablet/laptop devices.

Recommended Specifications

  • Screen 10” or larger (12″ is better)
  • An  external keyboard
  • A full operating system – eg Windows 10
  • A minimum of 6 hours of use from one battery charge (there is limited ability for recharging)
  • Rugged hard shell or suitable protective case
  • Microsoft Office installed  – this is available free for all Westlake Students

Other Considerations

  • Suitable for carrying in terms of weight (the lighter the better) (Preferrably <2kg)
  • Battery life – Check the battery life on the model. Six hours should be considered the bare minimum as there is limited ability for recharging batteries at school. Using a SSD (Solid state drive) can help increase battery life, but adds to the cost
  • Processor Speed – These vary – i3 to i5 models are faster.
  • Graphics – High end applications may require dedicated graphics memory – these are more expensive
  • Optical Drives – these are no longer considered essential

Common Device Types

These are the most common options considered, although options change frequently

Tablets – iPad, Android – (Not recommended for a learning device) Ultraportable with good battery life. Limited wordprocessing capabilities and keyboard is usually onscreen. Applications limited to reduced features, although frequently a wide range in app stores. Backup, storage and file transfer can be challenging. Not the equivalent of a laptop. Prices range from $400 – $1200

Entry Level Laptop – Slower. Able to use one application at a time. Limited space for installation. – Good for research and wide range of functions. Typically has Celeron processor, 4GB RAm and 64G eeMC. Examples: ASUS E20, Lenovo300E

Recommended Laptop Configuration – Suitable for research and most functions – Typically Intel i3 or Celeron processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD
Examples: Acer Travelmate B117/ B118 (Touch), HP Probook X360 (Touch)

Performance Laptop – Suitable for graphics applications (Processor equivalent to intel i5 and 8GB RAM)
Examples: Acer Spin 5, Microsoft Surface Pro, Microsoft Surface Laptop

UltraBook Equivalent – High performance. Light and Powerful

Upgrades – Consider the following upgrade options: Light strong aluminium case, faster processor (i5 or i7), extended battery life, use of SSD (Solid state drives) which supplement or replace hard drives and extended battery life. Touch screen is increasingly popular.

What about ChromeBook and Apple Macintosh? – The Chromebook does not have a full operating system, has limited accessibility to our core technologies including Office365 and does not have a client version of OneNote. Apple Macintosh computers are generally more expensive than similarly specified windows computers. They do not provide touch or stylus options.