Re: Query: Reccomended Laptop Solutions? (Hardware)
Ralf Gesel|ensetter wrote:
What is the models, you run?
Every department in our school has at least 1 lapsafe
<http://www.lapsafe.com/> with the capacity for 30 laptops, as well as a
few moble safes and a few mini safes capable of containing 10 each.
For the most part the laptops are either Maxdata 500/700/1000T's
depending on when they were bought, each equipped with either an aeronet
or 3com 11b wifi card and have/had a 3 year extended warrenty. The
budget for them is ~ £500 each.
The last batch of 1000T's were however marred by a very poor build
quality and numerous issues with the win2k images. However Linux was
fine on them, with non of the distros including skolelinux having a
Currently due to the end of line on the 1000T's were using a UK supplier
called Fortune Technology <http://www.fortunetechnology.co.uk/> to
provide our laptops. The middle of the line model were buying for
teachers (410s) comes to just over £600 with a combi-drive, 15' monitor,
embedded wifi and extended 3yr warrenty. The nicest thing about them is
that they are guranteed to work with a modern linux distro as Fortune
used to supply DNUK with linux only laptops.
Future laptops for the kids use are likely to be the 2700D, although a
few departments might decide to go for the Latitude 500i (which linux
has problems on, due to X corruption when exporting the display to a
smartboard) or the HP 9010. The main problem with both of those however
is the additional cost and the lack of an extended warrenty.
But as allways TANSTAAFL :)
On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament],
'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the
right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of
confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.