+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
Hardware Thread, Teacher Workstations in Technical; I'm in the process of pricing up some new machines for teachers to use in the classrooms, i'm getting quotes ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    55
    Thank Post
    9
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    16

    Teacher Workstations

    I'm in the process of pricing up some new machines for teachers to use in the classrooms, i'm getting quotes through from Stone for their USFF machines, and from Lane business systems for some Dell Optiplex 3010's. I've had quite a few stone machines in the past and they've always been pretty solid build wise and the support (on the few times i've had to use it) has been pretty good, however I have no experience with Dell machines. Any know what the Optiplex's are like for standing up to the punishment of teachers/kids fiddling with the front of the machines, or if they're on the floor receiving the occasional kick for example? Also how good is Dells support? What's the turn around time for shipping in replacement parts?

  2. Thanks to LinkZ from:

    Stone_Liz (10th July 2013)

  3. #2
    hardtailstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,837
    Thank Post
    562
    Thanked 243 Times in 213 Posts
    Rep Power
    59
    We have Dell optiplex 760's been in for over 5 years,

    Nothing really has been wrong with them. I realise they may not be on sale now but im sure the newer versions will be about same quality.

  4. #3

    ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ribchester
    Posts
    1,754
    Thank Post
    318
    Thanked 319 Times in 255 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    158
    The newer optiplex machines have been pretty decent, 760 onwards, you should do fine with those

  5. #4
    RichB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    A Nice School
    Posts
    399
    Thank Post
    142
    Thanked 51 Times in 38 Posts
    Rep Power
    71
    We still have the 755 optiplex machines running strong and with win7. Support has always been next day parts on site but you get what you for regarding on site support. 100% fix rate in 3 years ive been here.

    New machines wise we have HP 8300E these are rapid and not one fault in a year with any machines and very hard for kids for push/break parts.

  6. #5
    VeryPC_Colin_M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    414
    Thank Post
    1,058
    Thanked 160 Times in 113 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    Hi LinkZ. I've PM'd you if you fancy a VeryPC option?. We love building teacher workstations, configured to order for EduGeeks.

  7. #6
    Stone_Liz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    65
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
    Rep Power
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by LinkZ View Post
    I'm in the process of pricing up some new machines for teachers to use in the classrooms, i'm getting quotes through from Stone for their USFF machines, and from Lane business systems for some Dell Optiplex 3010's. I've had quite a few stone machines in the past and they've always been pretty solid build wise and the support (on the few times i've had to use it) has been pretty good, however I have no experience with Dell machines. Any know what the Optiplex's are like for standing up to the punishment of teachers/kids fiddling with the front of the machines, or if they're on the floor receiving the occasional kick for example? Also how good is Dells support? What's the turn around time for shipping in replacement parts?
    Hi, I see you're already getting quotes through from Stone, which is great to see If there is anything else I can help with in the meantime then just give me a shout.

    Liz

  8. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    13
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0
    One advantage of Dell's is if you are using SCCM and SCUP then firmware updates are automatic. Someone said that to me the other day and I thought how often do you have to do firmware updates and would you want one to happen automatically/remotely with the chance that someone switches the computer off!

    Going with Stone.

  9. Thanks to ghanel from:

    Stone_Liz (11th July 2013)

  10. #8

    teejay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    3,187
    Thank Post
    285
    Thanked 775 Times in 585 Posts
    Rep Power
    336
    Quote Originally Posted by ghanel View Post
    One advantage of Dell's is if you are using SCCM and SCUP then firmware updates are automatic. Someone said that to me the other day and I thought how often do you have to do firmware updates and would you want one to happen automatically/remotely with the chance that someone switches the computer off!

    Going with Stone.
    Wake on LAN and do it in the middle of the night. The other nice thing with Dell is their driver packs for deployment, save a lot of flagging around as you just need to download one driver pack rather than fiddling with loads of different drivers.

  11. #9

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    607
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 36 Times in 34 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    Fujitsu USFF Q510 , ( i3 , 4gb ram and Windows 7 Professional ) , we paid £329 each

    brackets are 10 pounds ( can bolt onto any Vesa monitor )

    3 year warranty is also 10 pounds each

    Great little systems ! smallest i have ever seen .

  12. #10
    woody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Carlisle, Cumbria
    Posts
    617
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Quote Originally Posted by 2097 View Post
    Fujitsu USFF Q510 , ( i3 , 4gb ram and Windows 7 Professional ) , we paid £329 each

    brackets are 10 pounds ( can bolt onto any Vesa monitor )

    3 year warranty is also 10 pounds each

    Great little systems ! smallest i have ever seen .
    We have just got some of these. Out of interest, how do you secure the case so that the whole unit can't be taken off the back of the monitor? Or even the accessible side which also just slides off? This is a real concern for us.

  13. #11
    MikeGilbert's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Taunton
    Posts
    100
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 17 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    We have just got some of these. Out of interest, how do you secure the case so that the whole unit can't be taken off the back of the monitor? Or even the accessible side which also just slides off? This is a real concern for us.
    The Fujitsu Q series machines have a Kensington Lock socket, from memory, which should help.

  14. #12
    DSapseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    West Sussex
    Posts
    1,152
    Thank Post
    130
    Thanked 54 Times in 47 Posts
    Rep Power
    38
    Ive just installed 30 Zoostorms that i got through @CPLTD. Installed one with all the software and SIMS then imaged with WDS. From being unboxed to all imaged and asset tagged was 2 days (work bench only big enough to image 4 at a time).

  15. Thanks to DSapseid from:

    CPLTD (6th September 2013)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 4th June 2012, 11:31 AM
  2. Replies: 30
    Last Post: 22nd May 2012, 09:31 AM
  3. Impero licensing: is there a limit to the number of teacher workstations?
    By Jollity in forum Network and Classroom Management
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 27th February 2012, 09:06 AM
  4. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 8th November 2011, 06:36 AM
  5. Displaying what the teacher is doing on all workstations
    By _Bat_ in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 12th June 2007, 04:18 PM

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
  •