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11th February 2008, 12:49 PM #1
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£300-£400 Laptops, who to go for?
I'm on the lookout for some £400 laptops for staff use and was wondering what brands are worth a go in this level? We currently run a mix of Fujitsu-Siemens and Lenovo kit, but I was wondering if the cheaper Toshiba kit is worth a go? Their business class kit has always struck me as being rather good.
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11th February 2008, 01:34 PM #2
Personally I go with lenovo, so far its been pretty good and they seem to be alot more rugged. I have probably 100 toshibas left, but they always seem to get damaged a lot more easily then the lenovo's. I also like the HP as they always seem to be built very well. Must admit I haven't looked at Fujitsu though.
11th February 2008, 01:42 PM #3
Dell have some mint deals on atm. A teacher just got a Core2Duo 7000 series, 2gb RAM, biggest battery availible, 160gb HD etc etc for £440 inc VAT.
11th February 2008, 03:20 PM #4
FWIW, I'm looking at Novatech supplying a school with 60+ laptops and owing to budget issues I'm looking at two different systems.
Budget system for classroom machines
Slightly higher spec system for trolleys
Need to do a little more digging re: the battery life though and Lenovo are still very much a possibility. As for Fujitsu, I'm afraid I've been burned by their hard drives and a laptop in the past so I'm more than a bit wary of them, but I suppose everyone has a bad year at some point.
11th February 2008, 03:34 PM #5
We have about 80 Toshibas and at any one time about 4/5 are at Toshiba being repaired under warranty, we also have about the same number of Ergos which have proved to be very reliable.
We will not be buying anymore Toshibas!!
11th February 2008, 08:13 PM #6
I've got some cheapo Toshibas and they are, frankly, crap!
12th February 2008, 09:40 AM #7
Cheapo anything is often crap though. You buy cheap, you buy twice...
Originally Posted by crc-ict
13th February 2008, 03:53 PM #8
I'd put in another vote for HP. You can get 100 off certain models - we got amd dual core 2ghz, 2gb machines for about 330 after cashback. Talk to ebuyer and Misco and they can get very ruthless on price.
13th February 2008, 03:59 PM #9
HP are doing the HP 530 Notebook PC (KQ630AA) laptop on their site for £311 but there's an e-voucher promotion code - HPOPTF - and you get £40 off. I've just bought one for me Mum for Mother's Day:
Offer ends soon I think. The laptop isn't bad spec either:
Operating system installed: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
Processor type: Intel Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Internal hard disk drive: 120 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical drive type: DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM
Display size: 15.4" TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Vista Home Basic is pants though. Better off with XP Pro.
13th February 2008, 04:20 PM #10
Well, depending on what you want in terms of an OS, the HP 6715b are currently on offer. If you go with the vista version, you can claim £100 back per laptop. This should, with a decent supplier bring them to around £400 each. If you want the XP version then you only get a £50 cashback. But if you have a Schools agreement, the prior is a good deal (we just bought 4 of them, to go with the other 10 we've already got).
13th February 2008, 08:01 PM #11
£400 before or after cashback? I paid £407 before £100 cb in the end (but that was delivered) - I really doubt you'll get a better spec for £307 (if you can, don't tell me!)
Originally Posted by localzuk
Why should a schools agreement make a difference? Windows Vista Business automatically has downgrade rights to XP pro. We got the VB version because they were cheaper and gave some future proofing.
Originally Posted by localzuk
The only downside, is they are quite wide. We got a Lapsafe mini-mentor trolley and they will only fit in the smartline version, and it has to be a wider one. The wide one is fine, but won't have room for an external wireless network card should you ever want to use one (for n). The internal ABG card may be upgradeable, I don't know.
The laptops themselves look pretty robust and chunky. My only concern is the wireless ON/OFF is an attractive-to-touch light that looks unobvous when disabled. The old 'blob of gluegun glue' trick won't work. Anyone know a way of disabling this through software?
14th February 2008, 11:40 AM #12
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I would go with lenovo, you do get what you pay for. I would also look at the warrenty. Lenovo are a very good make and are rebadged IBM and IBM are the best.
14th February 2008, 11:57 AM #13
Originally Posted by itgeek
I personally could not purchase Lenovo products as they are Chinese owned and China's appalling human rights record makes anything from that country a no-no for me.
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