We are looking to purchase new computers this year for one of our ICT suites. I have found Zoostorm to be recommended and they appear to be reviewed well on some retail outlet stores. In comparison there products are considerably cheaper than alternative computing retailers.
I have looked at the following model:
Zoostorm SFF desktop, i5-3340 3.1GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB Hard disk drive, no operating system, 1 year return to base warranty.
There is the potential to upgrade the 320GB sata hard disk drive to an 128gb solid state drive for £37.60 per pc.
I have very little experience with SSD and as such I am wondering whether the performance increase we would see is worth spending the extra money?
We are an RM network, where most users save work to their network share and not the physical drive in the machine itself, meaning that the actual physical hard drive is only used to store the operating system and additional applications.
Also check warranties - you won't get more than 1 year with Zoostorm I think (double check though!). Also how are you licensing your OS, add windows to that, even a base windows for an EES license will add 60-70 quid.
You can get 3 year warranties with zoostorm. If you would like a quote on these machines we are partnered with the UK distributor of zoostorm. synaesthesia is right about the windows too, I know a few people who had been led to believe the EES was a license to load windows on a machine whereas in actual fact is is an upgrade license only valid on machines with a windows license.
We have loads of zoostorms, some of which have 1 year and some 3 year warranties. We were nearly caught out about the licensing of these machines when we were told by different sales reps different messages about the licensing. Adding a SSD to the machine will speed it up, but I would suggest buying the SSD separately as at that price, they probably won't be a fantastic one then formatting and selling most of the rest on via ebay or similar (but keep some in case of needing a warranty fix). Insides are simple, mostly have gigabyte mATX motherboards, cheep power supply, unbranded memory and an optical drive. Unless you need the space then I wouldn't bother about SFF over just the ordinary tower really though.
Quick tip, always make sure you keep half a dozen or so boxes with the rest of the packing in case you need t return to base, as they do charge for sending out fresh boxes. Also if something goes wrong, try asking if they will let you do the swap yourself and send them back the faulty part in exchange for the new one. We do this most of the time now and we get the new part within 2 days or so, rather than the machine being away for a week.
thank you very much for taking the time to respond and providing me with greater insight into zoostorm and ssd's. We are still looking int hardware acquisition for the next financial year and I will be taking all your comments on board.