Second, I did actually wonder about that before I posted, and so had a read through of the T&Cs on our Premier site and also the 'non-disclosure agreement' link at the login screen. I genuinely could not find any terms related to pricing confidentiality, so if it is in there, it's well hidden.
The spec I looked at was with XP. I would have priced it with Vista but it's more expensive for no good reason, and we'd be upgrading it to Enterprise under our SA anyway.
Their link goes to the wrong section at the moment! Anyway, it is common courtesy to suppliers and also against many local authority/government purchasing guidelines to disclose any special pricing or quotes.
Publicly available pricing, or with the agreement of the suplier is fine, but otherwise it's best avoided.
My original intention in posting pricing was to dispel the immediate concern from earlier posters that this product was unaffordable compared to the competition, when I believe it's a very good product, and that Dell give very good pricing to schools. Perhaps I could have done that without being specific, but frankly the pricing we get from Dell is hardly some super-special deal we have worked out with them.
Ok, fair enough and can see your point, just not something I'd feel comfortable or happy with doing.
Anyways, had a play with one of these yesterday, quite a nice design.
Few things, case is really nice and so is the keyboard, both very solid, certainly built to take some knocks!
With the 6 cell battery they are a bit of a heavy lump and I would say the vertical screen resolution @576 is a bit low for a lot of programs, but I suppose that's the same with all netbooks.
Even with Vista on it, seemed to perform pretty well.
If my experience with the Samsung NC10 is anything to go by, performance will be better still with Windows 7 on it. I expect Dell will add that as an option at the earliest possible opportunity (along with everybody else!)
Neither do we, the cheeky sods. When initially quoting if suppliers don't give us their best pricing first time we don't give them the business. I'm not making it easier for them by giving them each others prices!quite happy to ask for full details of quotes and pricing I've had from other suppliers (which I don't give them, I might add).
I'd have killed for these 4/5 years ago instead of the Latitude D510's we ended up with, not so fussed about the touchscreen but the charging trolley is really nice, especially how they can still be accessed when shut away.
I wonder how tough the keyboards are :P
I'll stick to the Eee PC 1000H, the more i read and see these Dell ones the more i think they are so not thought out.
Like AngryTechnician says, the screen res is just wrong, is it to hard to do that extra 24 pixels and get the 1024*600 ? or even better do somthing like an 11" screen and get a good res such as 1024*768 coupled with the low power consumption of the Atom Processor and other items and your on to a winner.
With the public pricing too, when you make it actually suitable i.e. put the 6 Cell battery in, add the N capable wireless card the price rockets.
Sorry Dell, you've lost your marbels with this product, its dire.
A review is here
Dell Latitude 2100 - A Review of the Dell Latitude 2100
Shame the education cart is set for 24, if you could customise the amount it holds it would be a lot nicer. It doesn't look like the keyboard is any tougher than a standard netbook keyboard which is a shame as well.
The network light seems hillariously pointless, given that students work will be on a.... network share. Plus if anyone actually bought these you'd just whack something like lanschool/netschool on them anyway.
anyone else played with one yet? im likely to order one today to try out against an NC20, seem like a great product to me although its a shame about the 24pixels they lost
well I had a play with the Dell LatitudeTM 2100 the other day when rep came in, not a bad little piece of kit.
Received an email this morning on the trolley pricing* however its' still up in there air on final price, please do not quote me.
We are planning on possible purchase of the trolley and laptops around December time; end of the day comes down to final price.
News: Dell Latitude 2100 Mobile Computing Station
Tech: Dell LatitudeTM 2100
Dell delivers industry’s firsts with 10.1 inch netbook designed for education
Hope this can shed some light
sounds good. Legend that is Joe at CP has one winging its way to me now so ill do a little review or something when we get it. Still interested in the trolley as and when...
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