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    Question Child Friendly Laptops?

    Hi there, I have been supporting Primary Schools for a number of years and with the recent withdrawal from RM in the education sector hardware market, schools are struggling to find child friendly laptops.

    A couple have tried the smaller FizzBooks, but some of the older kids find them fiddly.
    Does anyone have some good recommendations?
    The laptops need to be cost effective and robustly built.

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    Reconditioned Lenovos from ICT Direct
    Built like bricks
    Not large but large enough to use comfortably
    Cheap!
    12 month extendable warranty
    http://www.ict-direct.co.uk/laptops-...s/laptops.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Reconditioned Lenovos from ICT Direct
    Built like bricks
    Not large but large enough to use comfortably
    Cheap!
    12 month extendable warranty
    http://www.ict-direct.co.uk/laptops-...s/laptops.html
    Thanks for your post, this is exactly what I would have suggested. Ironically, a school I work with has done exactly as you have suggested in your post, and their comments were:
    We gave the Lenovo laptop try over the week (From ICT-Direct) but have decided not to go for it as the children found it difficult to use.
    AGHHHHHH!!!!
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    What do they want then? What made the RM laptops so child friendly?
    After all, apart from children with specific problems, they are probably using laptops etc at home OK

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    I do have the smaller and more accessible X220 coming in this week. Wanna try one of those instead? They're 12.1" i5 2520M, 4GB Ram 120GB SSD, £295


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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I do have the smaller and more accessible X220 coming in this week. Wanna try one of those instead? They're 12.1" i5 2520M, 4GB Ram 120GB SSD, £295


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    Hi, thanks this may be worth a go. I will pass this on. THanks

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    Drop me a line if you need any more details

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    Looking for similar things here, we're refitting the junior end of the school (Nursery - Year 2) that currently has RM Mobile One laptops. They were great having colour coded keyboards, but it seems no-one produces anything similar in a laptop any more - unless someone out there knows otherwise? We would be ordering a set of 16.

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    Not seen colour coded keyboards for a while unfortunately. But these X series thinkpads would be perfect for the younger kids. Drop me a PM and I'll get you pricing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I do have the smaller and more accessible X220 coming in this week. Wanna try one of those instead? They're 12.1" i5 2520M, 4GB Ram 120GB SSD, £295


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    Nice, very nice I do like Lenovo gear it's just so bomb proof

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    It's brilliant isn't it? Really robust!: )

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    Yup well if things pan out the way I plan I might be in a position to buy some lenovo goodies (interview near end of the month)

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    Just got 16 Lenovo Essentials with i3 processors for a primary school - got the advantage that they don't have the trackpoint or the reverse mouse which can be a real pain. Build like you would expect from Lenovo too!

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