I have been doing some research on laptops and it comes down to IBM, Fujitsu and Toshiba as the best value (can't buy on line so others are out)
Can I have an idea from all as to which you would buy from a point of view of reliability, support etc
Out of those 3 - IBM hands down. Fujitsu are low quality in my experience, and toshiba seem to have random motherboard issues (eg. The A3 series).
Why isn't HP in that list? Value-wise I would say they were up there with those on your list...
Of the three you suggest, IBM are by far the best quality although the higher end Fujitsus are not too bad. I personally dislike Toshiba.
I do like HP though and they will work out cheaper than the IBMs.
On the other hand of course, ICT Direct can supply NEW Thinkpads at seriously reduced prices - I saved £300 on a X60!
Exactly - it is ICT direct I am looking at for the IBM
as the happy owner of a shiny new T60 - IBM.
Not cheap, but bombproof.
IBM (or Lenovo) T series are probably the most robust on the market right now apart from 'hardened' units like toughbooks etc. I have just received a DELL Precision M95 with 17" widescreen & dock from EuroPC & it is a superb desktop replacement but not the sort of thing you would want to carry round with you. For personal use at home I have both IBM & Dell units, I prefer IBM & am seriously considering a T60 myself if I can find one at the right price.
Ok we bought some new dell laptops. I'm a big fan of Dell I always get prompt warranty repairs (NBD). Also parts are easy to interchange so I keep a spare on hand for when one breaks.
This spec was offered for £599. The way I see it these laptops will be good for more than 3 years easily. We got 5yrs NBD warranty for an extra £50.
D520 Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz, 667MHz) with 2.0 MB L2 cache Intel GMA 950
Latitude D520 15.0" XGA LCD Screen
UK/Irish - D520 Ship Accessories with Power Cord
Windows Vista Capable Label
2.0GB, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory (2 x 1024MB)
60GB SATA (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
8x DVD+/- RW Drive
PowerDVD 5.7 - XP Compatible
Roxio Creator Deluxe (No Media) - XP Compatible
90W AC Adapter
6 Cell 56WHr LI-ION Primary Battery
Nylon Large Carry Case
UK - 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
Core 2 Duo - Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Uk/Irish - Internal Keyboard D520
D520 Software Drivers
No Resource CD Selected
English - Genuine Windows XP Pro SP2 (No Media)
English - Genuine Windows XP Pro SP2 Media/Recovery CD
Dell Latitude Support 3.2
No Anti-Virus Software
Upg to 3Y NBD International (Next Business Day) On-site (incl. e-Learning Pack)
1Y CAR (Collect and Return )
UK Education Support Services Guide
3Y Dell Education Support
No Complete Care Accidental Damage
MS Office 2003 Fundamentals E-Learning pack 30 days En/Fr/DE/ES/IT - Go to www.learndell.com/euro to register
Latitude Order - United Kingdom
Certainly won't be the cheapest laptop around but cheap isn't always best.
R50's and R60's here. Recommended.
I know cheap isnt necessarily the best but it's the only option I have!
I can't get a really good Dell deal as I only need one machine.
It looks like it will be IBM I think
If you want to consider DELL you can purchase refurbished DELL laptops with full DELL warranty from a number of web based suppliers such as EuroPC and ITCsales. I have used EuroPC extensively for school. Our account manager is very helpful & will find exactly what we want; I give him a price & minimum spec & he will track down kit for us, whether it be a single system or 64 'near identical' systems. PM me if you want to discuss further.