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DaveWorkshopLC

Laptops For Preschool

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello,

Shot an email over to you through your site, but thought I would post the question here too and maybe get a community opinion of the problem. Love the channel and would really appreciate any advice you could give on this.

 

My wife and I own a small learning center. We provide preschool, daycare, tutoring and even string instrument & piano lessons. With all the new Covid pandemic rules, we had to cut our classrooms in half to keep social distancing standards. The teachers still need to make learning materials for the kids, and we do not want multiple classrooms sharing a computer. So we need to buy some laptops. We have a budget of $2,000 ($400 each) to buy 5 laptops. Might not sound like a lot, but for a small business like ours in times like this, it can be a big decision we want to get right.

 

We could do Chromebooks, but I think we should have something Windows based for ease of use (Teachers are used to Windows) and compatibility with our learning software suites. Looking for something good for Office like productivity and video streaming mostly. Maybe some light image editing.

 

I keep going back to a refurbished 3rd or 4th gen i5 Thinkpad with a SSD? Mostly due to the toughness of the Thinkpads and easy to work on but really open to any opinions you all might have. I know you all are great of finding the best performance for the dollar and would love to see what you would buy.

 

Anyway, mostly this is an excuse to let you all know we love the channel here and thanks for making the videos!

 

Thanks again!

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I personally recommend looking at older Dell Latitude E7250/E7450/E5470 laptops. I have deployed six E7250s as part of a COVID response and they have proven to be incredibly reliable. They also have the E-Port for use with a low-cost docking system.

 

You can usually find an E7250 for around $250 with an i7-5600U, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, and a 1080p screen.

 

I've also deployed 3rd and 4th gen Lenovo X1 Carbons, but have encountered hardware failures on all three devices I distributed.


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CPU - Ryzen 9 3900X | Cooler - Noctua NH-U12S | Motherboard - Asus TUF X570-PLUS (WiFi) RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-3200

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, PorkishPig said:

I personally recommend looking at older Dell Latitude E7250/E7450/E5470 laptops. I have deployed six E7250s as part of a COVID response and they have proven to be incredibly reliable. They also have the E-Port for use with a low-cost docking system.

 

You can usually find an E7250 for around $250 with an i7-5600U, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, and a 1080p screen.

 

I've also deployed 3rd and 4th gen Lenovo X1 Carbons, but have encountered hardware failures on all three devices I distributed.

Thanks PorkishPig! I will think about the Latitudes. I have always had the opposite problem where every Dell Latitude I have had I had some problems with, but maybe it is time to give one a shot again? Mainly want something that is easy to work on, or easy by laptop standards.

 

We have one i5 Lenovo Carbon in the school. It has been good to us so far, but could have just got a good one there. 

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21 minutes ago, DaveWorkshopLC said:

We have one i5 Lenovo Carbon in the school. It has been good to us so far, but could have just got a good one there. 

I like Lenovo X1 Carbons quite a bit, but I've stayed away from buying them used. The main point of failure for the 3rd and 4th gen X1 Carbons were the screens. The touchscreen would fail and then start inputting seemingly random touch inputs until the touch screen was disabled. This happened to all three models from two different sellers. It's possible I just had a bad batch, but it feels like this was a hardware defect. I doubt this still exists in 5th and 6th gen revisions.

21 minutes ago, DaveWorkshopLC said:

Mainly want something that is easy to work on, or easy by laptop standards.

E-Series Latitudes tend to be geared towards cooperate environments, which is why there are so many on eBay. They are fairly easy to get into if something goes wrong.


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CPU - Ryzen 9 3900X | Cooler - Noctua NH-U12S | Motherboard - Asus TUF X570-PLUS (WiFi) RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-3200

GPU - MSI GTX 1070 Ti PSU - EVGA B3 650W Case - Meshify C Storage - 960 EVO 500GB, MX500 500GB

 

Media Server

CPU - Core i5-4570 | RAM - Samsung 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1600 | Case - OptiPlex 9020 SFF

Storage - 850 EVO 128GB (Boot), BX500 240GB (Software), WD Red 4TB (Storage) | OS - FreeNAS 11.3

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6 hours ago, DaveWorkshopLC said:

I keep going back to a refurbished 3rd or 4th gen i5 Thinkpad with a SSD? Mostly due to the toughness of the Thinkpads and easy to work on but really open to any opinions you all might have. I know you all are great of finding the best performance for the dollar and would love to see what you would buy.

If a Dual Core is enough for your needs, get an older Thinkpad T-series device, second Hand.
IPS, and if possible, 1080p Screen (or at least 900p. I would avoid the 768p screens). They are still going well, and have an almost unbeatable toughness and longetivity.

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I agree with @PorkishPig and @Darkseth.

Used ThinkPad, Latitude, or Precision with an SSD if possible.


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Desktops:

Thunder (main rig):

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Ryzen 5 1600@4.0 GHz (1.35V)|ASRock AB350 Pro 4|Scythe Fuma 2|16GB G.Skill RIPJAWS V DDR4 @2666 MHz (2x8)|WD Black 256 GB NVME SSD|1TB WD Blue 7200 RPM HDD|500GB Segate Barracuda 7200 RPM HDD|6 TB of external storage (one 4TB, one 2TB)|ASUS GTX 1060 6GB Turbo|CX650M|Windows 10 Pro|Fractal Design Meshify C dark TG (4 intake 1 exhaust)|Dell SE2417HG|LG25UM58-P Ultrawide OC 75 Hz (At Max Res)|Dell SP2008WFP|Logitech G602|G.Skill KM570MX (Cherry MX Blue)|Altec Lansing ACS5/ATH-M40X

 

Folding at Home rigs

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Dell XPS 420 (the better one and my favorite PC):

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Dell XPS 420 (the worse one):

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The same but with an NVidia GeForce 8800 GT, 3GB of RAM (probably 667 MHz instead of 800MHz), a "Core 2 Viiv" (it's a Core 2 Quad Q6600), and Windows 7 Enterprise+Vista Ultamate alongside Windows 10 Pro

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Unlocked 256GB UFS 3.0+200GB MicroSD Card Aura Glow (slap a skin on it, even with a case!)

 

Laptops:

ThinkPad P50:

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Intel Core i7 6820HQ vPro@2.7-3.6GHz|Random Lenovo motherboard|Random Lenovo cooling solution|32GB Samsung DDR4 2133 (4x8)|Samsung 256GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD|500GB WD BLACK 7200RPM HDD|Intel HD 530|nVidia Quadro M2000M|Lenovo 170W power adapter|1920x1080 IPS display|Random speakers|ATH-M40X|Thunderbolt 3|SD card reader|Fingerprint Scanner

 

Acer Spin 15 64GB Chromebook:

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Intel Pentium N4200|4GB RAM|64GB SSD|32GB MicroSD card|Intel HD 505|Chicony 3A/45W power brick

Dell Latitude D630:

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Intel Core 2 Duo T7300|4GB DDR2|Segate 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD|Intel GMA X3100|Dell Wireless card that I need to check the name of|1440x900 TN display

4 Dell Vostro 1000s

PowerBook G3 (new Apple logo, my Dad has one with the old logo)

And an old 17" Macbook Pro Mid-2007 Late 2006 (2,1) "Core 2 Duo"

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