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    Staff laptops?

    Hi,

    What do you guys get for your staff laptops?

    Out of my recent Dell orders I've now had 3 arrive faulty... x1 physical with a broken hinge (and thus eventually bezel), x1 bricked after enabling the TPM and x1 faulty TPM that I couldn't take ownership of, reset, enable/disable etc. I'll be returning all the Dells I've ordered for this summer because of these.

    I'm getting a bit fed up of them to say the least and am looking for alternatives around the £400 - £500 mark ex VAT.

    Thanks!

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    For years I've bought nothing but Toshiba Sat Pro which have been rock solid, though now I am concerned that the build quality is dropping so ordered a @VeryPC Thinbook which has gone down a treat. Well worth a look.

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    VeryPC thinbooks great equipment and whilst yes they're built on the same chassis that a lot of system builders use they are well built and well supported at good prices from @VeryPC

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    Look at hp as well, they seem to have a mediocre rep with some on the forum but for us they have bested Dell on every single measurable metric.

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    Lenovo.

    Or if you want something cheaper, Novatech. (aka Clevo chassis)
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    Fujitsu have always served us well

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Lenovo.

    Or if you want something cheaper, Novatech. (aka Clevo chassis)
    Which is the manufacturer of chassis that the thinbook is built on.

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    And Stone and a million other vendors. Basically, if it ain't tier 1 or 2, it's probably a Clevo

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Which is the manufacturer of chassis that the thinbook is built on.

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    True, though I've yet to find anyone cheaper than novatech supplying them.

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    We get Apple Macbook Airs for our staff now. Use to get Acer but they started to become very hit and miss and sometimes make absolute crud, other times make ok models, and the few models of HP we bought in the past have all overheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    We get Apple Macbook Airs for our staff now. Use to get Acer but they started to become very hit and miss and sometimes make absolute crud, other times make ok models, and the few models of HP we bought in the past have all overheated.
    How do you deal with Apple support? The one thing that was nice about Dell was the fact they'd come on site the next day with parts and fix the problem. I've got a few staff on MacBook Pros from a year or two back (but we just ended up sticking Windows on them for software compatibility...)

    Thanks for the recommendations guys, I don't know how keen I am on the lesser known brands, but I'll give a couple of them a shout Lenovo could be a good one, my full time workplace uses T410/420/430/440 and they're rock solid... but might be a bit pricey.

    We had a Toshiba tester from our LA a couple of years ago... I think it was the cheapest feeling laptop I've ever used!
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    Supplied thousands of Toshiba and always been reliable. With you on the build quality tho recently. Not had any break but don't feel as solid

    Fujitsu seem pretty good and decent support too.

    If absolute bottom line budget pricing isn't an issue then I HIGHLY recommend a VeryPC thinbook with SSD. they've gone down great with teachers (well headteachers initially)

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    Been using HP for a few years now and have found them to very robust and very reliable. The odd couple that have gone faulty have been fixed very quickly under warranty.

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    My school had Toshiba and nothing but Toshiba for years however after years dealing with their after sales "support", we are never touching them again. You can honestly have 90 laptops all the same, 50 of them have the same bracket fall off within 2 months and apparently it is "the way we are using them".

    Hate them and will never touch Toshiba again. Lenovo on the other hand.... now you could cover a tank in Lenovo products and they would still be there and working when the tank had rusted away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    My school had Toshiba and nothing but Toshiba for years however after years dealing with their after sales "support", we are never touching them again. You can honestly have 90 laptops all the same, 50 of them have the same bracket fall off within 2 months and apparently it is "the way we are using them".

    Hate them and will never touch Toshiba again. Lenovo on the other hand.... now you could cover a tank in Lenovo products and they would still be there and working when the tank had rusted away.
    We had the same argument from Dell regarding a stock of Latitude's we had at my last school. Nearly every single one developed the same fault, and it was obviously a design flaw but they stopped repairing them saying it was our fault.

    So, I only buy brands that I trust now, which limits me down to HP and Lenovo! Mostly HP at that. Support wise, and build quality wise, they've been flawless for the better part of a decade. Only their business quality laptops though. Wouldn't touch the consumer grade ones with a barge pole.

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