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General Chat Thread, which brand of laptops do you have in General; 90 Dell, 30 RM, 20 Acer, 5 HP, 5 Maxdata and a few odds and sods....
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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    90 Dell, 30 RM, 20 Acer, 5 HP, 5 Maxdata and a few odds and sods.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    20 Old Dells
    55 Ergo Enisi/211
    5 Sony that Teachers have bought with departmental budgets
    1 old RM
    1 New RM

    15 old (terrible) IBM Thinkpads for students whoch keep breaking
    About 12 SEN laptops that have come from The LEA

    Plus a few others here and there

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    15 old (terrible) IBM Thinkpads for students whoch keep breaking
    What model? In my personal experience of IBM's (ie. fixing them as a job) I found them to be incredibly sturdy and well put together.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    We have the best experience with Toshiba, had some bad Viglens and Dells in the past so have ditched them.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    Again, Dell here too!

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    The vast majority of ours have come from Ergo. They got the contract to supply the Laptops for Teachers for Essex for the last few years and have impressed us with their warranty and service performance - 3 year warranty and excellent Tech. Support - no bloody call centre!!

    The kit has been generally good, though one particular model was flawed, resulting in almost all of the 30 machines of that type we bought having to be repaired - faulty k/b & graphics controllers.

    We did buy a few Acer tablets about a year ago and almost all of them have been returned under warranty, after seriously slow and frustrating phone calls to their call centre - typically half an hour to talk to a knowledgeable human.

    We're sticking with Ergo.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    140 HP and 6 Toshiba

    HP support is a call centre in india, but is usually ok.
    Build quality is pretty good.

    Not had any trouble with the toshibas.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    Most of ours are NS Optimum ones, they use Clevo chassis which I have to say are not the best - random reboots & lots of reimaging required. Lots of HD failures as well. Having said that they stand up fairly well to pupil abuse

    We have about 70 Acer 4150's which have been generally OK

    And teachers laptops are exclusivly Ergo. Im not impressed by the build quality of the older ones we still have, the hinges dont seem durable at all. The newer ones are very nice though

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    We've standardised (recentley) on HP laptops for staff. We've used Acer's in the past, which havent been too reliabile.

    We've got a few various IBM's, some Dell Latitudes, and a huge pile of broken Acer Travelmates.

    As for Thinkpad's, I expect the quality to drop as the prices fall under Levono.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    As for Thinkpad's, I expect the quality to drop as the prices fall under Levono.
    our most recent batch of Lenovo Thinkpads seem to be of good quality - at least compared to the actual lenovo's - they cost £480
    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...4571&CatId=610
    not sure how that price compares to similar spec laptops - but being able to interchange parts and use same images is invaluable

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    15 old (terrible) IBM Thinkpads for students whoch keep breaking
    What model? In my personal experience of IBM's (ie. fixing them as a job) I found them to be incredibly sturdy and well put together.
    They are T22/20, they mainly break down due to kids getting frsutrated with the speed of them. Although I do have to say that they are a dream from the point of biew of repacing most of their parts. Also about 2-4 have failed or are on there way out, however we did get them free from intel, so can't complain too much

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    You name it we have it!!

    Dell - 65
    Fujitsu -32
    HP - 30
    Compaq - 20 really old Evo N1015's but numbers going down
    IBM - 10
    Acer (yuk) - getting leeser by the week
    Packard Bell (oh dear!) - about 4 now
    Tosh - 10

    Depends waht the budget allows, we use over 80 for pupil access.

    I hate laptops

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    interesting reading!
    glad i asked now, so who do you use as your supply for laptops, i am interesteding finding out if there is one company that is overwhelmed with ICT funds!
    Makes for good bargaining power.
    We tend to use XMA for the 3year warranty that is invaluable.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    I use European Electronique now as they are quick and a HP partner so prices are lower than smaller companies.

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    Re: which brand of laptops do you have

    I too use European Electronique who always seem to give the best prices on HP and Toshiba.

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