+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
Hardware Thread, Which Teacher Laptop? in Technical; These two are pretty well even on specs (apart from HDD size which is, in this case, largely irrelevant), so ...
  1. #1
    BatchFile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Cumbria
    Posts
    948
    Thank Post
    542
    Thanked 128 Times in 106 Posts
    Rep Power
    59

    Question Which Teacher Laptop?

    These two are pretty well even on specs (apart from HDD size which is, in this case, largely irrelevant), so I'm interested in experiences. I haven't bought Lenovos for a while (for no other reason than they didn't fit the price / spec fit at the time as well as the ones I bought), and I've never bought Fujitsu laptops. Lenovo used to be built like a brick outhouse - is that still the case?

    The shortlist is:

    Lenovo B580 (Lenovo B580 Core i3-2328 4GB 500GB DVD-Writer 15.6" Widescreen 1366x768 Windows 8 64-Bit (M94A9UK) - dabs.com)

    or

    Fujitsu AH512 (Fujitsu FUJITSU LIFEBOOK 15.6" Intel i3 2328M 4GB 320GB Win8 64bi (VFY:AH512M33A2GB) - dabs.com)

    Any comments please
    (Both CAN and WILL be downgraded to Win 7!)

  2. #2

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    10,398
    Thank Post
    1,106
    Thanked 2,091 Times in 1,471 Posts
    Rep Power
    651
    Lenovos are still built like brick outhouses, but the Fujitsus are really robust as welll these days. Forget what they used to be like, and don't listen to anyone who says they are rubbish if they are talking about the old Fujitsu Siemens days.

    One of my suppliers told me how good they are so I made a special point of going to see them at BETT and I was very impressed with the build quality. The prices are quite good as well. We are about to buy 6 staff laptops and if I have my way, they will be the Fujitsus

  3. Thanks to witch from:

    BatchFile (7th May 2013)

  4. #3

    glennda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    7,714
    Thank Post
    269
    Thanked 1,116 Times in 1,012 Posts
    Rep Power
    345
    I love the Lenovo kit - really really good. I have an E420s for work and its awesome.

  5. Thanks to glennda from:

    BatchFile (7th May 2013)

  6. #4
    TheScarfedOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Plymouth, Devon
    Posts
    1,074
    Thank Post
    520
    Thanked 146 Times in 132 Posts
    Blog Entries
    78
    Rep Power
    78
    Lenovo build quality has always been good, and they should last pretty well. Not the same, but got a suite of their PCs and not a single warranty call yet. Heard better things of the Fujis recently. How about getting an evil of each and road test them with users before you buy. I do that with PCs and laptops.

  7. #5

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    west sussex
    Posts
    503
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    heard really good things about lenovo.

    got a nice toshiba personally, but that was more about finding one with a real serial port ( for configuring switches etc ) than anything else, but still very nice.

  8. #6
    DaveMurphy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    202
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    HP ProBooks are really robust also; we have a number of these.

  9. #7

    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Posts
    162
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0
    My only thought would be to look at an i5 or higher not an i3 we don't give the kids an i3.

  10. #8

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    west sussex
    Posts
    503
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    speed improvements especially for most teachers usage is going to be gained from an ssd rather that an higher spec processor as the bottleneck nowadays tends to be disk IO. + the hefty the processor the hotter its going to run.

  11. #9
    TheScarfedOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Plymouth, Devon
    Posts
    1,074
    Thank Post
    520
    Thanked 146 Times in 132 Posts
    Blog Entries
    78
    Rep Power
    78
    Quote Originally Posted by ConradJones View Post
    speed improvements especially for most teachers usage is going to be gained from an ssd rather that an higher spec processor as the bottleneck nowadays tends to be disk IO. + the hefty the processor the hotter its going to run.
    And the more battery juice it will munch...

  12. Thanks to TheScarfedOne from:

    ConradJones (2nd May 2013)

  13. #10
    SovietRussia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    552
    Thank Post
    55
    Thanked 111 Times in 88 Posts
    Rep Power
    39
    Quote Originally Posted by BatchFile View Post
    These two are pretty well even on specs (apart from HDD size which is, in this case, largely irrelevant), so I'm interested in experiences. I haven't bought Lenovos for a while (for no other reason than they didn't fit the price / spec fit at the time as well as the ones I bought), and I've never bought Fujitsu laptops. Lenovo used to be built like a brick outhouse - is that still the case?

    The shortlist is:

    Lenovo B580 (Lenovo B580 Core i3-2328 4GB 500GB DVD-Writer 15.6" Widescreen 1366x768 Windows 8 64-Bit (M94A9UK) - dabs.com)

    or

    Fujitsu AH512 (Fujitsu FUJITSU LIFEBOOK 15.6" Intel i3 2328M 4GB 320GB Win8 64bi (VFY:AH512M33A2GB) - dabs.com)

    Any comments please
    (Both CAN and WILL be downgraded to Win 7!)
    We deployed around 20 B580s and they are nice machines, but we have just bought an extra 30 B590s, they have Ivybridge instead of Sandybridge.

  14. Thanks to SovietRussia from:

    BatchFile (7th May 2013)

  15. #11

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    307
    Thank Post
    20
    Thanked 79 Times in 67 Posts
    Rep Power
    43
    One thing you may want to consider is getting laptops with TPM in case you wanted the option of using Bitlocker for full disk encryption.

  16. #12
    TheScarfedOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Plymouth, Devon
    Posts
    1,074
    Thank Post
    520
    Thanked 146 Times in 132 Posts
    Blog Entries
    78
    Rep Power
    78
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashm View Post
    One thing you may want to consider is getting laptops with TPM in case you wanted the option of using Bitlocker for full disk encryption.
    Seconded...all mine do, but the are from @StoneComputers

  17. Thanks to TheScarfedOne from:

    StoneComputers (16th May 2013)

  18. #13

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    223
    Thank Post
    15
    Thanked 50 Times in 31 Posts
    Rep Power
    23
    Quote Originally Posted by TheScarfedOne View Post
    Seconded...all mine do, but the are from @StoneComputers
    I won't buy anything for teachers that doesn't have a TPM and the cheapest place we've found is indeed Stone.

    Meldrew

    Edit: terrible grammar slipped through - hopefully all gone now!

  19. 2 Thanks to Meldrew:

    StoneComputers (16th May 2013), TheScarfedOne (3rd May 2013)

  20. #14

    ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ribchester
    Posts
    1,321
    Thank Post
    223
    Thanked 227 Times in 179 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    131
    The Lenovos are lovely machines. Very robust.

    We're just selling the i5 powered T410 Business laptops for sub 300.

    I'd choose a Lenovo over Fujitsu even now despite the increase in Fujitsu quality, Lenovo have been doing it for much longer.

  21. Thanks to ICTDirect_Dave from:

    BatchFile (7th May 2013)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Teacher Laptops - Internet Settings when offline
    By ajbritton in forum Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 9th March 2009, 01:59 PM
  2. Teachers laptops on wireless network
    By bishopsgarthstockton in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 27th February 2009, 08:53 AM
  3. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 21st March 2007, 03:21 PM
  4. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12th November 2006, 10:09 AM
  5. Teachers Laptops and Thin Clients?
    By Geoff in forum Thin Client and Virtual Machines
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22nd June 2006, 11:09 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •