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Netbooks, PDA and Phones Thread, Which set of Netbooks for a Primary School? in Technical; The NB250's I bought were for a secondary school (year 10), so probably took more of a beating than a ...
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    The NB250's I bought were for a secondary school (year 10), so probably took more of a beating than a primary school would... Didn't have any issues for 2 months (i then left) :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Just to clarify - this is a junior school so the children are Year 3 to Year 6. The netbooks need to be as tough as possible. I am OK with getting mice as the trackpads are hard for small children to manipulate. Would the Toshiba NB250s be robust enough?
    My Samsungs ar all in primary schools and they have had no issues with them using them (wireless is poor but soon to be changed :-) ) From Y1 right up to Y6, remember that there are touchscreen versions of the NB30 (I have one at home and its great) if you wanted to have some for the very younger ones, some touch and some standard but all NB30's

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    I have some NB30s at work in use with TAs and 6th Form Laptop scheme, these have proved to be a great hit, although that model has been discontinued I believe

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    I've bought about 40 ASUS P1001s over the past few months and the only issue I've had with them is that the power connector is very small and probably won't stand pupils plugging it in and out so I've had to restrict that task to adults.

    I just run them with XP Home but I wouldn't envisage any problems with running XP Pro - no idea what they are like with win7

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    Anyone know about touch screen versions? I believe Samsung do one but I am not having much luck finding it. My boss likes all things shiny and new so if touch screen netbooks are available, he wants one!

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    There's a touch screen version of the NB30, or there's fizzbooks if you've got a bit of cash!

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    The boss wants to know about tablets/slates as well. Would it be possible to put these on the network and use them as an extension to our IT suite?

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    I've got Toshiba NB200 and NB300's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    I've got Toshiba NB200 and NB300's
    What do you use them for? Are you happy with them?

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    I have as said, the Samsung NB30 Touch and it works fine. It is not MS Touch compatible as it is not recognised as a multi touch screen so their touch apps and games don't install but everything else works fine, net browsing, games, apps (word etc). To be honest though as the screen does not flip totally to make a flat tablet, if I was going to get some touch screen devices for school (which I would like to do) then I would go for an actual slate/tablet thats inherantly designed for touch use. The slate dos_box has been taking apart on here is Win7 and should integrate with most schools networks just like a netbook would.

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    Yes, I did think about a slate but we need a 'normal' computer iwth keyboard as well and the devices that do both are very very expensive!

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    I'm quite pleased with them actually.

    Was dreading having them in school but the NB200's have been here a year now with no issues and so when they wanted another netbook trolley i bought the NB300's. Nice sized keyboard, decent enough speed. Seem suprisingly popular with the staff once i had managed wireless put in.

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    To throw a curve ball into the mix. I've recently acquired, through some private business, an Olivetti OliBook S1300 which came preloaded with Windows 7 Professional.

    It's a nice lightweight small laptop as opposed to netbook, so it has the benefit of a slightly larger screen (13"), but despite being lightweight and from a company you wouldn't normally associate with computers, it's surprisingly robust.

    This (Olibook S1300) is the link. They also do a NetBook too (latest offering being Olibook M1025), but I've not experienced them. I understand they retail around the 300-350 mark.

    Outside of that, I've used the HP NetBooks here and they can stand up to SLT, never mind children! lol .. or I've also used the Samsung Netbook range in a primary school previously, and they were good, but the screens were a bit on the small side for my liking, and the keyboards a bit fiddly.
    Last edited by soveryapt; 11th January 2011 at 10:40 AM. Reason: Added NetBook link .. :)

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    Olivetti!!! I havent heard that name for years lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Olivetti!!! I havent heard that name for years lol!
    I know .. I was shocked when I got this NoteBook. It works really well, and my 7-year-old has hammered it with cBeebies and CBBC usage, and more to the point, it's stood up to one of my step sons who managed to damage his Sony Vaio in a not very long period of time (I did flinch when he borrowed it - he's just one of these who is naturally clumsey .. lol)

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