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    Good Quality Laptops!?

    Hello.

    Can anyone suggest a good quality laptop for staff use. Needs to perform well but most importanltly needs to be of a good build quality.

    We have had too many laptops that decided to break soon as warranty is over.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Thanks

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    Lenovo Thinkpads are usually tough as old boots, and they look nice and dull too - helps with anti-theft! The HP Elitebook series also has some tough units, with stronger cases, ports, hinges etc.

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    I agree with @3s-gtech. I'd also throw Toshiba is the mix if you don't want to spend big bucks. Something like the C660-2DR for sub £350 is a decent purchase!

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    Thanks, probably looking in the sub £500 price tag.

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    Sub £500 i would go for the HP 4530s. I5, 4gb, Win 7 pro, 500gb, 15.6".

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    I bought 14 x Thinkpad Edge 13 (AMD version) for staff here but they have refreshed the line since then. Some have had some screws fall out which I wasn't too happy with but other than that staff are really happy with them. I'd go for HP 4330s for around £500. Aluminium in the right places. Reviews say they are solid for the price. Only thing missing is ESATA or USB 3 for a fast external drive.

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    ^^The Edge series are the 'budget' Thinkpads, to IBM/Lenovo purists they're not counted as 'true' Thinkpads. Still nice machines for the money though. Some suppliers can get very decent deals on second-hand TPs and similar if you shop around - I won't state which suppliers as it's a little unfair to those I forget to mention.

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    I'll always go for a Lenovo if I want something truely robust - with HP as its 1 point below (ProBook B/S series).

    I wouldn't go for Sony or Samsung - too much gloss and not enough stablity in the cases.

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    +1 Lenovo.
    Their support/warranty is really good as well. Toshiba would be my #2

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    PC World Business have had some cracking deals on Lenovo's recently, might be worth a look. Account setup lead times are terribly long though.

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    Have you had a look at Ergo? Absolutely brilliant company. Laptops are really rugged and well made and prices are quite competitive against the spec, warranty and support.

    Support is absolutely brilliant, can't fault it. 3 or 5 year warranties usually included and they offer telephone support even when the warranty has ran out.

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    The one @Millgate recommended is the one we have been buying lately and its a very nice laptop

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    We've been using Stone NT303s. The warranty support is excellent, if you ever need them that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    I'd also throw Toshiba is the mix if you don't want to spend big bucks. Something like the C660-2DR for sub £350 is a decent purchase!
    One of our feeder primaries we support had a C660-2F5 from @Millgate and it's a very nice piece of kit. It's sat on my desk now being imaged

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    HP Probooks or Lenovo Thinkpads here.

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