General Chat Thread, Laptop Purchases - when? in General; Originally Posted by maniac
In my opinion you have to compromise between what is ideal from a support/technical persepctive and ...
27th January 2011, 02:03 PM #16
Yeah, I get that. But it's not about retiring them at 3 years, it's about recirculating. We're still using 05 and 06 laptops because they move around and do different jobs...if they remain as frontline machines, not only will we have nothing to recirculate, but they'll wear out quicker or get damaged BER much sooner. The state most 3 year old laptops come back to us in it's a wonder most of them go on to do another year or so of effective use, but a significant number are fit for only spares after 3 years, too. For me the compromise is do we want to prolong their life and put them to good use by removing them from the frontline, or do we cling on to them until they roll over and die, which means either current non-teacher uses won't make use of them or we'll be purchasing just as many news ones anyway to compensate.
Originally Posted by maniac
It's a tough call.
27th January 2011, 02:22 PM #17
Yes we move equipment around the school a lot to make sure the needs of the individual/department are met by the equipment we give them. This doesn't necessarily mean we'll replace equipment at a set interval thou, I evaluate it and decide when it's appropreate. E.g last year we decided to decomission all the Staff D520 laptops because they were really showing their age and we were getting lots of complaints about them. These were simply moved into use by students in certain areas of the school where they could still be useful instead of buying those areas new equiment which would have been wasted on them.
Originally Posted by TonyJF
27th January 2011, 02:38 PM #18
Like you say - it's a compromise. Set intervals allow for better planning, getting better deals on prices due to bulk ordering, better scheduling of replacements for us in support as well as staff, less images to make and store, improved leasing arrangements...set against cost...which, over three years, may not be so wide as to cause issues in all those other areas. I've had to work both ways - I remain in favour of scheduled replacements. But it's good to hear the other side of the coin, also.
Originally Posted by maniac
27th January 2011, 02:54 PM #19
If you want to keep a 3 year cycle, what about investigating how much you would get on ebay for the old laptops, you'd be surprised what they go for. Just remember to do a full secure data wipe and then restore the original OS it was supplied with. I really do avoid using laptops with students, apart from some for SEN, as they just get trashed so quickly it's just not viable for us.
27th January 2011, 03:05 PM #20
We continue making use of them until they die a natural death - even if its for parts.
Originally Posted by teejay
By Dos_Box in forum Site Polls
Last Post: 30th April 2010, 09:09 PM
By RallyTech in forum How do you do....it?
Last Post: 6th November 2009, 08:08 PM
By Mandy in forum Our Advertisers
Last Post: 1st June 2009, 11:59 AM
By tosca925 in forum Hardware
Last Post: 14th June 2007, 01:04 PM
Users Browsing this Thread
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)