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    novatech laptops instead of dell?

    Looking to buy 20 laptops for student trolley - have always bought dell in the past but they are looking a bit pricey. Is anyone using novatech laptops such as The n3 Laptop @ Novatech that can give me feedback?
    Or are there any other alternatives?
    cheers Mark

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    Look at Stone, they've always given me good prices in the past. You should be able to get a version of their NT305 laptop for the same sort of money as the novatech n3. It's a well made machine, we have 25 of them and they've been very reliable.

    We also used to buy exclusively Dell machines, but moved away to other suppliers about 2 years ago when Dells costs seem to increase quite a bit. We found we could get the same warranty deal and an identical spec machine from other suppliers and save about £100 a unit, and this trend continues today with the latest quotes I've had.
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    I had a Novatech laptop 5 years ago, as did several other staff members, and they were the best laptops we had at the time, about double the battery life of the average laptop.

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    We have just bought 30 of the nspire laptops the more recent ones, with the 3yr accidental warranty as far as we can see there is nothing wrong with them had Novatech before as well and there still running fine. very sturdy laptops

    and the 3yr warranty for an extra £35 was a bargin.

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    Bear in mind they use several OEMs so quality will vary abit, the n3 is a Hasee unit which is a slightly unkown quantity. They also sell MSI & Pegatron units which will be of a much better quality than the Hasee models.

    and the 3yr warranty for an extra £35 was a bargin.
    I guess you have to get a quote from your education account manager to get this, it is annoying they do not offer a 3 year warranty option on thier website.
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    yes i used Simon Mewes great bloke happy to help all the time and the Nspire ones use the pegatron cases which for our teachers who demolish hinges they seem very stable.

    But time will tell :P

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    We use Novatech for everything and have used their laptops for years. Had very few problems.

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    Not got any laptops, but got a sizeable number of their desktops, and they're good bits of kit. Until the new ones came in we had some older Novatechs that were literally a decade old and still running as office PCs.

    If you order enough off Simon you even get a steak and two pints thrown in as well, if you're lucky

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    and the Nspire ones use the pegatron cases which for our teachers who demolish hinges they seem very stable.
    Yes the pegatron is a solid unit I have an MSI branded one sat next to me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    If you order enough off Simon you even get a steak and two pints thrown in as well, if you're lucky
    Oh yes witnessed that one was very yummy

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    thanks for all replies on this - am getting an evaluation unit to try,
    cheers Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by maark View Post
    thanks for all replies on this - am getting an evaluation unit to try,
    cheers Mark
    Just bear in mind that the Novatech laptops use the Jmicron Ethernet controller and when using Arconis Snap Deploy Agent it doesnt work aswell as it should. we use Ghost and that works just fine tho

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    Just bear in mind that the Novatech laptops use the Jmicron Ethernet controller
    ???

    The Pegraton units are Atheros while the Hasee units are Realtek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW View Post
    ???

    The Pegraton units are Atheros while the Hasee units are Realtek.
    Sorry you are correct! it was the older models but still had a few issues with getting these working with Acronis. maybe guessing PeterW you have something to do with Nova, if so you wouldnt mind asking the tech team if they have any fix for this to work with Arconis Snap Deploy?

    Thanks
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    i found these Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA Notebook PC - Misco.co.uk
    there good for the kids and teachers and cheep.. i got 2 for £215 each to test..



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