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    Is £700 too much for a SMT laptop?

    I was asked to get a member of the SMT a decent spec laptop with a 17" screen for his dodgy eyes.

    I found a good spec toshiba for £700 and put the order in BUT the head had a look at the order and questioned me as to why and spending that sort of money on a laptop?

    What sort of cash do you spend on latops for SMT?

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    The last one here (good spec HP) came in at £692 incl VAT

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    I should have said that was all-in - including licenses, CALs, bag...
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 4th June 2008 at 11:54 AM.

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    Same as any other member of staff here. Being SLT doesn't get them a different laptop if the standard one meets the need. Our timetabler has a 17" laptop so he can have more on screen at once but it wasn't £700. It's an Acer and I think it was around £500 - seems to be fine.

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    I recently bought our head a new laptop and he wanted an uber light VAIO so he told me to order one for about £1000 and he said that he will pay the difference himself for what i normally buy laptops for!! So he has paid £600 out of his own pocket!!

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    Depends who... Our head's tablet cost £1400. My Macbook pro, and my boss' cost £1400 each too. (my boss is bursar). Other SMT members have our stock laptops which come in about £450 each.

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    Everyone gets the same laptop for around £450. Oh except me who needed a high spec for all the intensive jobs I have to do. *ahem*

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    think I picked up a 17" acer for around the £500 mark several months ago...

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    The head here has decided that we are no longer obliged to provide laptops - so now, although we do, they are low spec recon or refurb and cost us about £300 each

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    Seems about right to me as long as that includes software price’s. It might be a little on the high side but I wouldnt want to go below £600 and for sure not below £500. I aim for £600 to £700 with software.

    We like to get high end laptops then when teachers are due for a replacement the laptops are hopeful still good enough to be handed down to TA’s.
    Last edited by Pottsey; 4th June 2008 at 12:37 PM.

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    Cheers guys. I'll go away and have a think now.

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    Same laptops/pc here no matter who you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mullet_man View Post
    Same laptops/pc here no matter who you are.
    Have you considered the implications of the DDA?

    If someone is telling you that they have a disability then you need to assume that they are disabled in the way they tell you and you need to respond to that. That doesn't necessarily mean buying £700 laptops - it might mean just pointing out how to change font sizes, contrast etc - but it does mean you can't ignore it.

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    The head here has an HP tablet which was around £1,000 mark. For teachers and the LMT I generally spend around £600 including software + accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Have you considered the implications of the DDA?

    If someone is telling you that they have a disability then you need to assume that they are disabled in the way they tell you and you need to respond to that. That doesn't necessarily mean buying £700 laptops - it might mean just pointing out how to change font sizes, contrast etc - but it does mean you can't ignore it.
    Sorry srochford I totally misread the original post, and didn't see the bit about the eyes

    Having re read the post, if a certain member has a disability we would make sure the appropriate equipment was purchased to suit their needs.

    But if there was no disability then the staff member would get no more spent on them than another, the head and smt all have same laptops as teachers.

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    No problem :-)

    It's always difficult to decide whether a more senior member of staff should get a better PC. They generally get (eg) better offices, better desks, better support (eg PAs) and so on, so why not a better PC?

    I don't know how much SMT members get paid but I'd guess it could be in the region of £50k. If the laptop's going to last for 3 years then you start arguing over "is this person worth an extra £150 per year" The time it takes to decide either way can cost more than the potential saving of not giving them the better machine.

    It shouldn't be necessary to give in on things like this but sometimes it just makes for an easier life all round - and I like the easy life!

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