This is a whole new world for me
Never in the 8 years I have been doing this job have I been asked to spec up quite so much equipment at once...
The HT wants to put a new budget together and needs me to price up the following:
Wireless network (done already - Ruckus)
Something to hang off it - that I can put on my network - Netbooks? I was leaning towards the Sanyos but would like some input
An IT suite full of computers - 35. He quite likes the all in ones. Anyone got any thoughts? ( we currently have Dell 170Ls which on on their last legs).
We are a primary school with about 350 pupils.
We got some lenovo ideapad s12 netbooks recently which are very nice!
Originally Posted by tommej
did you put them on your network? the boss wants them as stand-alones but I don't think that will work very well with all different children using them.
I forgot to say that we would need a proper case or something for the netbooks. I like the large suitcasey ones as the teachers could probably cope with them
They're all on our network and we have 2 lapcabbys to move them around.
They're really nice as they have 12 inch screens. Much better to read and type on.
we are looking at the new lenovo all in ones, we have been using lenovo for almost 4 years now and we have enjoyed their performance and reliablity.
Lenovo A70z at insight
Our HP7900s seem to be holding up well.
Did you mean Samsung Netbooks rather than Sanyo Witch?
As for kit, for all in ones is it not worth perhaps going for the HP and Dell style where the base units bolt onto the back of the TFTs so you can keep swapping the base units over the whole things (thinking green and econess here myself)
Personally I just got for HP SFF PCs for my main areas and then normal mini-towers for specific areas such as my Media Editing rooms.
You say cases for your netbooks, someone at Bett had a really good moulded solution for them that was like a big suitcase on wheels that was also for charging but I've forgot the name of the firm again :( I may have the brochure in my bag at work though.
Yeah Yeah - sanyo, samsung -potato potarto!!!
I've got the suitcase brochure but I think the man there said that if I bought the netbooks from some suppliers (RM, I think), they would include the cases
SFF or all in one? Opinions please!
I personally would go with all-in-one. But then again i don't know how good the PC all-in-one's actually are. Don't have any experience of them other than they're not hideous looking. But there seem to be more options available now at keener prices.
Originally Posted by witch
I had a guy in from NovaTech down in Portsmouth today, he was showing off there new netbook/tablet stuff to us - they looked good but i don't think they will work for the older heavy handed students but would be good for the young students. they also had leaflets of the desktop pc's - take a look at their website although the machines on there website are just examples they will make the machines you want to order.
he also bourght with him lots of free goodies including nice doughnuts!
I shall look at them, ta
Didnt realise you were in Pompey -
im not he just drove up to us :D but then the business he is trying to get off us is for nearly 240 machines which is lots of money!! im in the middle of sussex!
Originally Posted by witch
oh I see, they are in pompey, not you!
Note to self - dont post when exhausted
I'm looking for 35 machines and about 30 netbooks so I dont know if it is worth his while
i did that the otherday - after 3 hours in the pub - read it the next morning then deleted it!
Our account manager is called paul something! ill dig his number/email out n pm it to you
I debated over which netbook to buy for ages, consulted a couple of friends at a previous School I worked at and decided on the Dell Latitude 2100's.
The reasons for it were:
Cheap Spare Parts,
A three year parts warrenty for £30 per machine,
Easy to take apart (But not easy to damage!),
I've also found the rubber on the outside of them to be invaluable, after a year they are in much better condition than the Mini 9 Dell's or ASUS netbooks we had - these seemed to get trashed quickly.