I am looking to replace two or three ICT suites soon and I am looking for workstations which offer good performance, build quality but most of all take up the least ammount of space. Our ICT suites must have been designed for laptop use as the desks and workbenches are quite small so these don't allow the students the flexibility they should as they can't get their books out in the same space unless there isn't anyone sitting on the computer next to them.
I like the look of the slimline RM Ecoquiet which can be bolted down to the classroom desk or the HP Pro All-In-One 3420.
All suggestions welcome!
Ah yes, lets say no more than £500 per workstation. I'm more interested in reliability and ergonomity at this stage as I might get more money if I can justify less technical time spent fixing the PCs.
Any new machine orders we make are the Dell Optiplex 790 USSF. We have about 200 in action and another order of about 60. In the year from the original 200 the only issue we have had is a hard drive failure in 1. They are really compact as well, the machine sits on the monitor stand.
speckytecky (10th June 2012)
Nice, tidy, and neat!
As FN mentioned, only real issues we get often are harddrives but most of those are after years.
They also have dual display outputs so you dont need video splitters for ones that have projectors connected.
Last edited by FN-GM; 10th June 2012 at 04:26 PM.
Have a look at the Stone machines - Brilliant machines and great value for money.
We have stones but phasing them out. The support they provide isnt good enough and the machines havent been as reliable as the dells. The older stone machines are better than the new ones, much more reliable.
Another vote for Dell OptiPlex's. Ignoring the GX280's, we haven't had any issues with any of ours.
They are still shipping them ones we have some on order. I hope they don't replace them for the reasons above.
How much of an issue is peripheral theft in your school? Or peripheral damage through unplugging etc...?
We have a significant problem where mice and keyboards are being killed off by kids unplugging them and damaging them. Also, things being unplugged increases general support requests as they have to be put back together for use.
For that reason, in the tender we've sent out recently, we specified locking cable management. There's a few makes on the market with it available, such as Viglen's Omnino's and RM's One (both have a panel which cables are fed through and the cables clamped down underneath, like the power cable exiting a standard 3 pin plug).
The other style is that provided by the HP DC7800 series and its replacements, and other similar USFF designs - a clip on cover which hides all the cables. The problem with this is it takes relatively little effort to break them off, or if like on the DC7800, they have a reasonably sized hole in them for cables to go through or for fan intake, then little fingers can lever cables out inside.
My advice would be to get some in as demo units, and have a play. See what looks like it'd break etc...
Thanks for your input on this one. I like the look of the Dell 9010, though I can understand some of the impracticality. The majority of PCs at our school are the Dell Optiplex 320s and they have a habbit of dropping the USB ports causing users to plug the keyboards and mice into the front ports or taking the perhiperals from other computers leading us to believe these have been stolen. I take it the Optiplex 790 doesn't have this issue? The admin computers were Dell 745s and the other PCs would have been the same but I think my predessors went for the 320s because of price. I agree with Localzuk, I need to get some demo units in, I am sold on the idea of an all in one PC as our space constraints warrant it. I did like the RM ONE as we had these in my last place and the RM Eco quiet in a mount, however the quality of RM hardware went down a bit so I am not so sure.
Novatech so a similar PC, monitor mounts on the back. But they use a standard motherboard rather than a Dell one.
They have a cover that sits over the cable connectors on the PC and have a bolt that goes through the desk for security.
Verypc do a broadleaf which is mountable, small, as vandal proof a case as you will get, custom branded and the company are great to deal with
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