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Hardware Thread, Fizzbook Spin - Anyone Else Looking Into These in Technical; we've got some of the fizzbooks (netbook style). they're ok but we had a batch with battery issues. We still ...
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    we've got some of the fizzbooks (netbook style). they're ok but we had a batch with battery issues. We still have charging issues and the batteries are only covered by a 6 month warranty so watch out.
    Support was good but we're left with a dead one, and had 9 changed batteries out of 23 devices.

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    How can you configure them? I didn't think the new version was out until September

    Brilliant product though

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    Why don't they come with Windows XP Pro or Windows 7 Pro if they are designed for education?

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    Windows on Fizzbooks

    They do come with Windows - home (called starter) or professional.

    The full spec can be seen on the fizzbooks websites, eg. www.fizzbooks.co.uk/features

    SMART works really closely with INtel and Microsoft and this is a great production of all three working together

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    Windows Starter is not Windows Home. Starter is incredibly basic and has many, many features stripped out, and TBH, is almost useless.

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    Yes, quite right. Sorry and thanks for that,

    we (Fizzbooks | All you need to know) would recommend the professional version. Hope this helps

    Which should you go for?
    Professional
    • Better security. You can globally lock settings and set up protection through group policies
    • Automatically connects to different internet settings (home/school)
    • Part of domain (school network) so can send to printer or save documents from anywhere in school.
    • Automatically connects to domain so to the printer

    NOTE: All this is possible with ‘workarounds’ on the starter version BUT:
    • you need an IT professional to support and set up all the additional benefits,
    • you need to download software,
    • you would need to use a different web browser at home to the one at school to get around proxy settings
    • individually set up computers (and kids can change settings more easily)

    so not as secure and robust/simple in day to day usage. Pro is worth the extra money
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsmartie View Post
    They do come with Windows - home (called starter) or professional.
    My mistake. I only looked in the PDF in the OP which listed just Windows XP Home.

    I totally agree with DosBox on Windows 7 Starter though. This OS so limited you might as well not offer it. According to Wikipedia, the Starter Edition doesn't even support the .NET Framework which means a lot of programs won't run on it.

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    The New Fizzbook 10.1

    Still not actually available yet although think arrives very shortly. A little bigger but some great additions with the SMART software tools see fizzbooks.co.uk. Apparently the first two batches have all gone on pre orders - or is that just hype?

    Good review and updates at Lamphouse Blog

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    For once not just hype with these; i'd been waiting about 2 months for a set of 23 units (10" spin, win7 pro with additional RAM upgrade) for a secondary school customer which finally arrived last week. I understand that this order was high up the backorder list so there is genuine high volume of pre orders.

    From what i've seen of them they look to be very nifty bits of kit.

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    I did have a demo recently and just like you say they are really worth seeing - amazing price as well and love the fact they are water resistant and drop proof.

    You have obviously sold them so clearly the first batch has finally arrived - and gone!

    Cheers

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    Try CMS for them - not sure if they reseller them or a distie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will1976 View Post
    Try CMS for them - not sure if they reseller them or a distie....
    CMS are a disty

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    One of the primaries I tech at has 30 fizzbooks including a trolley. Was very suprised when they came with IE6 on them though considering they were from what I would a call a reputable company, not naming names though.

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