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    Our LEA tell us they get the best possible pricing from Dell!

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    The Intel i3 is absolutely fine for most users and typically comes with 4GB of DDR3 which is more than enough. I'd only consider Intel i5 for admin users. Intel i7 is really nice, but is overkill for education.

    As for those who have suffered slow performance, make sure all the latest Intel chipset drivers are installed. It makes all the difference over Microsoft's own compatible driver.

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    Personally I think i3 is fine for most users, no noticeable slowness on our laptops.

    I have used Toshiba for years due to build quality and low failure rate but the latest batch appear to be made from paper, sticky tape and wishes.
    The keyboard I am typing on depresses into the case to a worrying degree. Not impressed.

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    Having seen the speed requirement changes of Office from 2003 - 2007 - 2010 and now to 2013, and with SMART Notebook, I would go i5 with SSD, but I can understand the price issue.

    For 3 years, i3 should work fine. If that timetable is stuck to. We all know that these things change though and 3 becomes 4 or 5 years...

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    Absolutely no issues ever with any i3 device, certainly when coupled with an SSD. That even goes for programs that far transcend any usage beyond "standard" such as Solidworks and Adobe CS. They're awesome for the money. We did go with i5's for our media machines anyway but in real life terms there's little to determine between them on day to day performance.

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    I think the issue now is Toshiba paper and sticky tape versus brick toilet. Does anyone have any experience of Stone laptops as I can get a reasonable deal for an i5 version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    ... with a more modern OS (Vista or higher).
    Vis-what?
    Last edited by JJanisch; 13th March 2013 at 12:38 PM. Reason: Failed quote

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I think the issue now is Toshiba paper and sticky tape versus brick toilet. Does anyone have any experience of Stone laptops as I can get a reasonable deal for an i5 version?
    We have them here. They're rebranded Clevo laptops, adequate but absolutely nothing special. They're reasonably easy to service though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I think the issue now is Toshiba paper and sticky tape versus brick toilet. Does anyone have any experience of Stone laptops as I can get a reasonable deal for an i5 version?
    Stone laptops are nice, just as solid of a kit than any of their other products. All down to spec at the end of the day, all laptops can be pulled apart if a student tries hard enough! My old workplace used Stone workstations for years without any quarrels.

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    Stone reps were telling me at BETT that they're the biggest Samsung reseller too. My only personal experience of Samsung is a single laptop I bought for home use, but I have been impressed. Stone were also offering 5 year warranties on the Samsungs - might be worth having a chat.

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    I was very impressed with the build quality of Fujitsus at BETT, and two of my suppliers have started recommending them.

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