Correction: Its a W550EU
Correction: Its a W550EU
The NT310 is this with a nice badge; CLEVO - Products
Our VeryPC ThinBook is the same but with the awesome IPS Screen https://www.very-pc.co.uk/products/mobile/thinbook/
Big plus 1 for Lenovo here!
I can do you a great deal on some Thinkpad T410s perfect for staff and students alike! :)
There are very few companies in the world who are large enough to design and manufacture their own laptops. Even the likes of Dell and Apple use Quanta, Pegatron and Foxxconn to build their kit.
We have Stone badged Clevo laptops too. They're not the best in the world, they're obviously built to a price but they're OK for what they are. I've seen worse laptops from Clevo in the past so I'm happy enough with them. The thing that differentiates them (imo) is their warranty and support. In an ideal world, I'd like to get Dell Latitudes or Lenovos but we'd never be able to afford them with an equivalent warranty.
I am still undecided. To get something that is robust is going to push the budget too far, I do like the fact I can get a 5 year on site warranty for the Stone ones, though having said that Samsung are currently offering 5 year RTB warranty FOC for just under the cost of a similar Stone laptop.
We've bought Samsung laptops before.
As personal machines, I'm sure they're fine but we had all sorts of oddities with them when we were trying to manage and build them. They were VERY fussy about booting from the network (for example, they refused to boot from a gigabit switch, we had to attach an old 10/100 switch to the network to get them to work and even then, they usually two attempts to get into Windows PE) and the management software for things like the keyboard and screen brightness was awful. And a RTB warranty is a pain in the backside compared to the next day onsite you'd get from Stone.
Given the choice between a rebadged Clevo from the likes of Stone/VeryPC/Whoever or another Samsung, I'd take the Clevo. But I'd still be coveting the Dell :)
Get in touch with Stone and get an Evaluation unit. They will be more than happy to oblige.
I have already, that's how I know what the quality is like.
@SovietRussia is right, it is the W550EU. Just to clear up a few things:
There is no lottery with any of our products, whether Desktop or Notebook. We have a robust testing process undertaken in our Stafford based R & D department prior to any product being signed off and formally accepted into our range.
Just to give you an idea, all notebooks:
- Have the chassis and components run at 100% over multiple days in a 35 degree ambient chamber to simulate the highest intensity the product will face in its life
- Are subject to data transfer testing (e.g. all the components communicate correctly)
- Are hinge tested - this tests the reliability of the hinges repeatedly testing the flipping of the lid and its connectivity to the C Panel of the laptop
Also, in terms of field testing, we undertake pretty thorough product evaluations of samples with our existing customers prior to launching any revision.
The NT310 is codenamed "UltraNote" from Clevo, as it has an Ultrabook style thin and light chassis. But as it's not branded an "Ultrabook", OEMs don't have to comply with the strict Intel rules on what consistitutes a "Ultrabook". These means you get a bespoke device, custom built to your requirements for considerably less than a similar "Ultrabook" branded device.
It's got more flexible plastic due to being thinner and lighter. This is a durable plastic that won’t break or shatter unless mistreated. As @Edu-IT rightly points out, if the device breaks through standard operation, then it will be covered under warranty. However, we go through all the steps highlighted above to make sure this happens in line with what we can support through our field engineers. We can't have any rogue products in the line up!
Thanks Daley, all down to price now!
Hopefully we can be competitive! :)
One thing stone do that is appealing is that they cover the battery too in the warranty. Correct me if I am wrong @StoneComputers
Well that's all down to your sales department Daley!
Same with the PC prices...
North-ICT yes but here are the terms
So the battery warranty wouldn't cover the most common issue with batteries...Quote:
Battery warranty cover
After a period of time that will vary depending on use and settings, you may find that the length of time that your battery will power your device for will reduce, requiring you to charge more frequently. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced and are classed as consumable parts.
1.1. Consumable parts are parts that require periodic replacement during the normal course of the System’s usage, including without limitations, batteries, AC adapters or appearance parts.
1.2. The warranty of batteries is limited to thirty six (36) months and covers a failing defective battery, and does not cover reducing capacity of a fully charged battery.
1.3. Your warranty includes replacement coverage for a defective battery.
My laptop is an NT310 and I have no complaints.