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    AIO Pcs - opinions?

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    We are thinking of going for the AIO option for a wow factor in our new sixth form block. Anyone gone down this line? Bit old fashioned me so I like the standard boxes but the tidy wires appeal to me a lot.

    Like the Glide and the stone ones, got 2 Lenovo ones in reception which are very cool looking.

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    We have one in reception, Lenovo i5 white Apple looking thing...

    Never had an issues with it, looks great with the white wireless keyboard & mouse it came with.

    Not got any in classrooms so can't comment; but it would save a lot of room on the benching we have.

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    We evaluated the stone box. Really like it. I would buy one for home, never mind work, if I wasn't a mac kinda person.

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    I like aios for the tidiness and ease of setup as well.
    Some HP some local brand and a lot of lenovos.

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    Got the glides in our Art block for a similar reason, tidy, large screens, solid. No complaints so far!

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    I am after 32 PCs for our IT suite and AIO is an option. They scare me a bit so I would like to hear opinions from anyone who has a set that is used a lot

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    We have over 120 Lenovo AIO units and they're fantastic, small footprint, no CPU boxes, less cables.

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    I have one, and were starting to roll them out across the school.

    Visualizers are not in the middle of computer & monitor and so some 'getting used to' by staff is required.
    They are put together with no tamper bits, you cant get in the suckers without a fight.
    Adding a second monitor is a breeze.
    Cant really pop the back off and clean them, add more memory, swap the HD or add one your currently 'fixing' like a traditional case.
    All issues need to go back to support.

    But they are nice and shiny

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    Another vote for the Lenovo units - we've got around 40 of them and they're great. About to get another 30 this summer.

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    We recently bought a room full of of the Dell 7020 AIOs and they seem fine. As mentioned there's a certain wow factor as they look tidy. There's also less for the kids to rip off or break

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    I imagine they're alot better now but back in 2007 the ones I dealt with were absolutely awful, I worked for a company that supplied and supported schools.

    Build quality was the biggest problem, the inverter boards on the screen regularly failed which then meant the school was down a pc rather than just a monitor, dissasembling them took ages.

    I'd probably stick with tier 1 manufacturers and as longer onsite warrantee as possible although I guess this is now more the norm than it used to be.

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    We have been with Viglen for the last 3 years and have used their Omninos and Integras and we have been impressed with them. No other vendor can touch their pricing for the hardware plus the warranties!

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    ive rolled out lots of varios lenovo aio's and a few hps. One of the hps is now out of warranty and has an iffy hdd (not looking forward to the day that does die) but they look so much nicer and neater than a standard pc. At the end of the day its basically just a laptop in a keyboard less case so shuld be as if not more relaible as being bigger should give a better airflow. They can just be a bit of a pita to get into to change bits and dont have the expandability of a desktop but so far no real complaints/issues just wish they would put a usb port on the front where you can see it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heebeejeebee View Post
    We recently bought a room full of of the Dell 7020 AIOs and they seem fine.
    +1. We have some Dell AIOs too and they are very easy to take apart if needed. Just remove the stand, slide the back of the case off and you're in.

    It's also possible to spec them without optical drives, which is one less thing to get damaged. With some AIOs you don't get a choice.
    Last edited by Arthur; 11th June 2014 at 10:40 AM.

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    I was also considering AIOs but my only concern would be the inability to diagnose/solve any faults. Can you reseat memory? Can you replace hard drives? Does everything need to be referred back to the manufacturer?

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