How do you do....it? Thread, trying to pick some brains here... in Technical; ...hey ppl, we are looking to invest in some new laptops and just wondering which vendor(Dell, HP) and model laptops ...
21st January 2013, 06:07 PM #1
trying to pick some brains here...
...hey ppl, we are looking to invest in some new laptops and just wondering which vendor(Dell, HP) and model laptops you are using at your school. We are a Dell district and would like to stick with Dell but I've heard good things about HP and their ultra slim's with a 13.3" screen(I liked the Folio but they are discontinued ). Also I am looking to replace my current AV product. Would like to know what your are running for your district and some pro's and con's. I'm looking at Panda Security as one. Any help on this is appreciated.
21st January 2013, 06:24 PM #2
- Rep Power
We are currently buying the HP Probook range. The last batch we bought were the 4540s. We are running on small budget.
21st January 2013, 06:29 PM #3
hps are hit and miss 610 good 620 dreadful 630 ok
21st January 2013, 06:35 PM #4
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I agree. that batch of laptop was not good. Keyboard and trackpad were cheap and awful. HP 620s wireless is shambolic
21st January 2013, 06:36 PM #5
We've got 620s and I have never had a problem with them. Mostly buy Toshiba though
ESET for AV - never had an issue with it
21st January 2013, 07:10 PM #6
Heard similar hit and miss with HP models; but the Dells are supposed to be good. AV wise...using System Centre Endpoint, part of Microsoft System Configuration Manager. If you already have an existing volume licence agreement - then System Centre may be an option for you.
21st January 2013, 07:29 PM #7
I used to live and die by Dell, never had an issue with them, but the last batch of laptops I got were the HP Probook 4340s and OMG they are sooooo much better than the previous probook 4310s that we got under the BSF procurement, it is worth getting them in, as the Lenovo ThinkPads (the old IBM black ones) although expensive, are built like a nokia 3310 phone and just keep on going, i didn't go with them because of 2 reasons, 1 - they look ugly (trust me looks are important) and 2- they had the annoying textured track pads.
I would say get the companies out, and always go for quotes, as prices dramatically drop when you do
21st January 2013, 07:36 PM #8
you mean the unbranded ones that if you catch the wireless switch wont come back on lol and the awful offset keyboard
Originally Posted by witch
the c660 is dreadful lots seem to had battery issues from the box wont charge
Originally Posted by scholes99
21st January 2013, 07:43 PM #9
HP batches are dodgy, we gave a load to staff and they broke, similar ones for media are ok
21st January 2013, 07:50 PM #10
Tend to buy lenovo atm.
21st January 2013, 08:02 PM #11
We use all lenovo - can't fault them - although if you want the slightly posher Windows 8 ones (such as the flip, yogi etc) they are currently a nightmare to get hold of as they are selling quicker than they can be shipped into the country!!
Originally Posted by plexer
21st January 2013, 09:59 PM #12
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Toshiba are utter junk!! they might come with a cheaper/longer warranty than most but you will use it.
Things i would look for or want would be
Intel cpu (personal choice but are usually a little bit more battery friendly)
4GB ram minimum
Intel or boardcom networking (wired & wireless),
3 or more usb ports
Intel gpu if your apps don't need anything really powerful (why pay for an extra gpu when one comes with the cpu)
NO physical wireless switch (the amount of staff that catch it and don't realise)
Biggest capacity battery that fits in the standard bay (ie no bits sticking out from the rear or underside of the laptop)
Readily available drivers
At the end of the day you get what you pay for and if it was my money i would stick with DELL or HP.
Most people will be able to send you a test until so find a few models you like and then decide at the end of the test
21st January 2013, 10:02 PM #13
Must have been lucky with my HPs then. And my Toshibas - two sets here and never had any significant problems with them in 2 years.
I do buy second hand Lenovo T60s as well as they are built like bricks and rarely have issues other than battery/charger
22nd January 2013, 12:26 AM #14
If you are buying in any quantity then you'll be surprised how much the Dell prices drop when you accidentally mention that you're getting quotes from HP and Lenovo as well.
All manufacturers make the odd duff model, the difference is how they deal with them and that is generally where I've found Dell to be brilliant on their support as they will deal with it properly and with much less hassle.
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