I look at a lot of the same factors that you do. #1 for me is mobility -
if you do not need a device that moves around the room, then I'm not
paying the extra few hundred dollars for a machine that won't even last as
long. A lot of times this ends up as a judgement call.. there are a lot
of folks who think they would use the functionality but never do.. and
then there are others that I can give that to and know that I'll get so
much more than that money back in productivity and creativity.
I also look at form-factor and location. If you want a dedicated
SmartBoard machine, is it going to be in a safe location? Is there room
for a full-sized computer cart? Will a laptop be safe from wandering
hands? And desk space.. some of the rooms are very crowded, but the
prices for all-in-ones are about the same as laptops for comparable specs.
There are lots of tight spaces where I'd love to put an all-in-one but
cost is still an issue... so it becomes another judgement call .. do I
give them a 2nd-hand laptop, a new laptop, a more robust all-in-one that
costs as much as a laptop, a lighter all-in-one that costs as much as a
traditional desktop, or do we stick with the traditional desktop that
gives us the most bang for the buck?
A lot of times I'll keep the tech-savviest teachers with the newer
equipment and play a shell game with their hand-me-downs. But when the
budgets start getting ultra-lean like this year and next, I'll probably
stick with the long-living desktop, even though I know that five years
down the road its form factor may not even fit in with what we're doing
anymore. Five years @ $450 is still better than 4 or 5 years @ $600.
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>One of my schools is currently looking at replacing its AGING Desktops.
>Obviously the functions of these machines and the way we do business in
>schools has changed significantly since they were purchased (8+ years).
>I have suggested that we look at the functions of where and how these
>machines will be used in order to determine whether to replace them with
>a desktop or laptop.
>Can anyone offer any criteria that your school uses to make a call about
>whether to purchase a desktop or laptop.
>These machines are NOT for a 1:1 - many are in classrooms (i.e. attached
>to a Smartboard) or in the back of a classroom, labs, offices, etc.
>Here are some of the points we are looking at in decisions
>-- cost of having desktops vs laptop
>-- imaging cost (time,etc) of desktop vs laptop
>-- how mobile and versatile the purchased hardware can be over its
>lifetime (i.e. can be placed anywhere in the room vs. near the switch)
>(can be a multipurpose machine - sometimes used to run the Smartboard,
>sometimes used in a corner of the classroom to create a movie, sometimes
>brought to an inservice workshop or data meeting to accomodate the
>increasing need for technology in many functions of our job)
>-- amount of hours the machine will actually be 'used' if its a desktop?
>if its a laptop?
>--replacement cycle (this one is a tricky one what is the cost/benefit
>of a laptop vs desktop) i.e. a laptop for 4 years at $200 a year that
>is used 20 hours a week vs. a desktop for 8 years at $100 a year that is
>used 10 hours a week
>so many things to consider... what are YOU considering when making these
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