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    Portable computers of some sort for school

    The boss has finally decided to go with a wireless solution for the school and now he is trying to decide what sort of portable computer-type things we should have to go with it.
    I know that there has been a lot of discussion here about what is best, but I would really like to pull it all together here so that I can put some useful options to him.
    I have persuaded him away from lapsafes and the like (I have two in my other school) but he doesn't really know what is out there and what is useful.
    This is a junior school and we wouldn't be able to afford huge numbers of anything - probably an absolute max of 30 so I think we need something that we can network to save the children's work on - or isn't that necessary - or ridiculously expensive?
    What do you think?
    He is talking about eesus or even ipod touches.

    If you like or don't like something please tell me why so I can give him all the info he needs.

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    @witch:

    I do believe that these are the pick of the crop at the moment:
    Samsung NC10 review - PC Advisor

    Samsung NC10 review | T3.com

    And look at Ruckus for the wireless solution.

    Have fun you wicked lady.....

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    We are going with Ruckus, actually - if I EVER get my promised Ruckus dog from Mark!

    (I dunno, no prize, no mug, no t-shirt and now no Ruckus doggy - what did I do??)
    Thanks for the tip

    The redhead (mousy? MOUSY! - there ain't nothng mousy about me)

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    What about the Dell Lattitude 2100's?

    Ben

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    Looks like we are going for the Samsung NC10

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    @witch:

    I would second that ;-)

    Nothing Mousey at all ;-)

    Redheads do it for me ;-) ;-) GGGGGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaa.................. ..

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    The Samsung NC10 and the Dell 2100's are both superb solutions, I would stay clear of the NC20 as performance against the NC10 is lower,

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    @CPLTD:

    Awwww just when me an witch are getting aquainted you have to go an spoil it by talking about computers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
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    Awwww just when me an witch are getting aquainted you have to go an spoil it by talking about computers!!
    you tart you lol

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    Hmmm..Behave all. Bossman, you and I are well acquainted all ready - given the several hundred miles between us.
    And Simon - when you ring me, I am told that it is 'one of my men' on the phone!

    Back to topic
    What I want is someone who is actually USING this kit. Recommendations are all well and good but I want to know what things are like in the real world

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    @witch: We have a LapSafe with 30 HP laptops running as Citrix XenApp clients. Works well... minimum fuss, quick logons, minimal bandwidth use, etc.

    General Dynamics make mobile Sun Ray clients now too... they look really cool!

    Probably slightly more money than you are after spending though - it is a tried and tested solution though which will serve all your computing needs.

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    We have a lapbank with 15 Acer aspire one D150's in and they have been very good. None have been broken or damaged after a term of use both in school and going home every night, and out of all the laptops we have they seem to have the most reliable wireless connection. They are currently being used by 5 and 6 year olds!

    We are just starting to get quotes in for the next lot now, looks like we'll be getting another 60 or so of the same model.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    We are going with Ruckus, actually - if I EVER get my promised Ruckus dog from Mark!

    (I dunno, no prize, no mug, no t-shirt and now no Ruckus doggy - what did I do??)
    Thanks for the tip

    The redhead (mousy? MOUSY! - there ain't nothng mousy about me)
    I promise the dog was sent last week......:-( dont know what has happened to him, hope he turns up soon............poor thing all alone in a post office some place :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    We have a lapbank with 15 Acer aspire one D150's in and they have been very good. None have been broken or damaged after a term of use both in school and going home every night, and out of all the laptops we have they seem to have the most reliable wireless connection. They are currently being used by 5 and 6 year olds!

    We are just starting to get quotes in for the next lot now, looks like we'll be getting another 60 or so of the same model.

    Steve
    Hiya Steve,

    Be sure to pm me your details if you would like a quote for the 60 laptops fella,

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    Fine its only 1, but I have an NC10 and love it use it all the time at work, and I know cookie monster (grant) has one on here as well and loves it Well worth the money

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