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    An alternative is something like the HP Elite 8000, this can come with a bracket which mounts the PC and monitor together in an integrated and adjustable stand. Cables can be hidden with a port cover too, and we got 30 for around 10k including 19" TFTs.

    Alternatively - some great refurb deals going at the moment. You get a lot for your money.

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    They are up to the hp Elite 8200 series now unless you're going for refurbs.

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    We have just replaced a suite of 4 year old RMOne's with Novatech slim chassis, built to order with 19" Hard Glass screens, and all delivered inside of 5 working days from order.

    They sent me a test box to see the build quality and to install my base image on, they then cloned it so they all arrived ready to add to the domain, saving a lot of time in the roll out, also came packaged on a pallet rather than individual boxes, saving a lot of packaging waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    they look good although they are only pentium and pretty expensive for one of those IMHO
    Nah - I've just had them quote for i3, 4GB RAM and 19" hard glass monitor - came to just over £500 - not too bad - still waiting for the eval so I can assure myself of the build quality.

    I liked the look of the Very PCs - but they did seem to be quite expensive and low powered - am I out of date with the info?

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    When Very first started, i suppose they were a bit on the expensive side but now they're very reasonable for what they are. If you want me to do you a comparison, just PM me with what you're looking for and quantities.

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    build them yourself and put them behind flase back desks, solves us loads of problems and saves alot of money

    Newest build pcs are going to be:
    G620T processors
    4GB ram
    40GB intel SSDs
    Asus P8H61-I ITX motherboards

    £130-140 per PC, mounted onto an MDF board and sat behind a false back desk where no one can tamper with them, use WOL and remote shutdown scripts and all the cables go through a hole at the back of the desk.

    Fast, cheap and effective.

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    I remember seeing these ---> idesk, the Worlds First Integrated PC Desk. <--- mentioned somewhere previously .. could be an interesting approach ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    I liked the look of the Very PCs - but they did seem to be quite expensive and low powered - am I out of date with the info?
    Very themselves will say they arent the cheapest on the market but the flip side of that is they are more energy efficient. How that balances in terms of cost over the lifetime of the machine i dont know.

    We find Very competitive and they have a new case for their standard models which i think they refer to as a 'BLD' (which has replaced their BE case) which is solid steel with no front blanking plates and can be laser branded. We took a delivery of them last week and they look swish (with the added benefit of being a lot more vandal proof).

    Certainly worth a look if nothing else

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Had a look at them at BETT, too - very impressed. Random aside: for these VESA-mount PCs, does anyone know where we can get extra-short VGA cables from? We always wind up with a bunch of cabling floating around at the back of the machine - you can cable-tie it up, but having a shorter cable would be a better option.
    You could try using a VGA splitter like this:

    Videk HDD DB15M to 2 x HDD DB15F Monitor Splitter Cable: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    Not sure if it's long enough, and you'd have an extra VGA lead dangling, but it might work...

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    I would get the furniture sorted on your suites before you do anything. We are in the process of getting enclosed desks sorted, so the computers sit behind a locked partition. The monitors are fixed to the wall infront of the students, and all they have access to is a mouse and keyboard. No wires, no plugs, NOTHING.

    I plan on sorting fixed USB sockets so they can plug devices into the "wall" infront of them, but they will probably just stick chewing gum in them.

    Still in the planning phase at the moment, but I want the room neat, minimalistic and tidy. the less they can get at, the better in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    build them yourself and put them behind flase back desks, solves us loads of problems and saves alot of money

    Newest build pcs are going to be:
    G620T processors
    4GB ram
    40GB intel SSDs
    Asus P8H61-I ITX motherboards

    £130-140 per PC, mounted onto an MDF board and sat behind a false back desk where no one can tamper with them, use WOL and remote shutdown scripts and all the cables go through a hole at the back of the desk.

    Fast, cheap and effective.
    This is EXACTLY what we are looking to do. Glad I've found somebody that's done it and it's working for.

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    I'd second the Lenovo A70z's just installed a small suite of them and very impressed. I would recommend getting the desk stands for them though (about £30ish extra) Looking at HP Elite 8200 as an option for another school, will see how the quotes come out Really liked the Dell All-in-one but the new version (optiplex 790 sff if i remember) seems very pricey compared to how they used to be.

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    HP 8200, next question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    build them yourself and put them behind flase back desks, solves us loads of problems and saves alot of money

    Newest build pcs are going to be:
    G620T processors
    4GB ram
    40GB intel SSDs
    Asus P8H61-I ITX motherboards

    £130-140 per PC, mounted onto an MDF board and sat behind a false back desk where no one can tamper with them, use WOL and remote shutdown scripts and all the cables go through a hole at the back of the desk.

    Fast, cheap and effective.
    That's some excellent out of the box thinking. Would love to see some pics of this once you've done it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    That's some excellent out of the box thinking. Would love to see some pics of this once you've done it!
    Been doing it for the past 3 years, i'll take a few photos for examples if you like We only have one classroom with computers in that aren't behind false back desks now and those are 4.5 years old, though we're not paying to replace them as they get abused, the teacher has no control of the room etc.

    Obviously the PCs we have currently aren't as small as they are in the spec of my last post as that is what our new builds are going to be (save space, less heat, less power is the main aims over performance) but it still gives you a good idea of how we've done it.

    It works out lots cheaper than buying/building full PCs. Will take some pictures on tuesday and post them up on here.

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