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    Which Laptop for Teachers?

    Now the new financial year has arrived, I'm starting to think about getting our next batch of laptops for teachers in. The following are all available within 5 of each other from one my usual suppliers though I'll ask the Edusponsors for quotes later. Based on your experiences, rumours or manufacturer predjudices, which ones would you go for?

    Toshiba Satellite Pro L450-17K Windows 7 Laptop PS - Laptops Direct

    Lenovo G550 Laptop NTD4YUK - Laptops Direct

    Samsung R510-FAADUK Laptop NP-R510-FAADUK - Laptops Direct
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    I think of those I'd go with the Samsung. I've always found Samsung pretty reliable too.

    These are a good offer at the moment if you can eek a bit more cash out.

    Compaq 610 Notebook PC - Misco.co.uk

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    Yeah, the Samsung's a slightly higher spec, too- Core2Duo rather than straight Celeron.

    Interested to see you've found them reliable - I'm glad I posted this now, my only experience with a Samsung was in my previous job - they gave me one and the motherboard died, whereas we've had quite a bit of Lenovo and Toshiba kit here and it's been pretty well fine, but if Samsungs are generally OK the chip could swing it

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    Samsung are normally cracking never seem to break.

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    Yes - we used Samsungs a lot in the early days of laptops for teachers and they seemed ok. We also use loads on NC10 etc netbooks and they seem good too. Mind you I could equally say that about Tosh & Lenovo as we've had good experiences of that too. The processor would swing it for me if I were choosing.

    Thing about laptops for teachers is they send the laptop but still make us keep the teachers - I thought it was a swap scheme!

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    How about Dell Laptops ?

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    We've been buying these recently....

    Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C4 Notebook PC - Misco.co.uk

    I know it's a little more expensive, but with the 50 cashback it's a significantly higher spec than the other Toshiba on the list and only a couple of quid more. We've now got about 10 of them, and not had a fault as yet, plus the cashback offer seems to come through fairly quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    How about Dell Laptops ?
    I'm listening...

    Some of the D505's these are to replace are in their 9th year! (others that have croaked have been canibalised for parts to keep them going having said that)

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    Toshiba has always had a good educational 3 year warranty scheme but like the Cashback, you need to follow their rules to the letter.

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    Take a look at the Dell Vostro range as shown below , they are superb and I say this as not only a seller but a user who owns a 1520 which is stylish , quick and well built,

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    Take a look at the Dell Vostro range as shown below , they are superb and I say this as not only a seller but a user who owns a 1520 which is stylish , quick and well built,
    Below where?

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    Glad you said that, I'd been looking at my feet for several minutes but the laptop hadn't appeared

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    We have used Dell Vostro's, Latitudes and Acer's with the odd toshiba.

    My personal opinion is to stay well clear of the Vostro's and go for the latitudes. From my experience the vostro's appear to have a poor build quality compared to the latitude.

    If you get chance have a look at both of them for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadeR32 View Post
    We have used Dell Vostro's, Latitudes and Acer's with the odd toshiba.

    My personal opinion is to stay well clear of the Vostro's and go for the latitudes. From my experience the vostro's appear to have a poor build quality compared to the latitude.

    If you get chance have a look at both of them for yourself.
    interesting that you say this as out of the thousands of vostro's we have provided to schools and colleges i would say we have only had issues with delivery damage and like I say as a Vostro 1520 user I have first hand experience of the build quality which for a sub 500 laptop is exceptional ,
    what problems di you have ?

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