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The search for the right device for both yourself and your school can be challenging. What type of device will I get? What do all the specs mean? Which device will best cater for my needs? The problem ...

The search for the right device for both yourself and your school can be challenging. What type of device will I get? What do all the specs mean? Which device will best cater for my needs? The problem is, with the broad collection of form factors now available, and the vast price range, there is no ‘one size fits all’ device as every individual has their own needs. For some, a traditional laptop may still be ideal, others may benefit from a hybrid device that offers a tablet with a detachable keyboard, and, in some cases, a tablet may be the ideal choice for a primary device. So how do you select the right device for yourself or your students? We’re going to introduce you to some of our favourite Windows 8 devices across a range of categories and prices*, each selected to assist you in your decision and match your needs.

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    • Which one is right for you? Devices in Education education themicrosoftvisualid
    • 2 Devices in Education Introduction The search for the right device for both yourself and your school can be challenging. What type of device will I get? What do all the specs mean? Which device will best cater for my needs? The problem is, with the broad collection of form factors now available, and the vast price range, there is no ‘one size fits all’ device as every individual has their own needs. For some, a traditional laptop may still be ideal, others may benefit from a hybrid device that offers a tablet with a detachable keyboard, and, in some cases, a tablet may be the ideal choice for a primary device. So how do you select the right device for yourself or your students? We’re going to introduce you to some of our favourite Windows 8 devices across a range of categories and prices*, each selected to assist you in your decision and match your needs. *Each device falls within a price bracket, which are defined as follows: Budget – Under £450 | Mid-range – £450-£800 | High-end – Over £800 Devices in education: Which one do you choose? education “Which device will best cater for my needs? ”
    • 3 Devices in Education education Devices in education: Which one do you choose? Device types Ultrabooks Ultrabooks are a high-end variation of a laptop. They have all the performance of a laptop, but possess a lighter and sleeker form factor. Ultrabooks are rarely more than 20mm thick when shut, come in a range of screen sizes, and have great battery life. Hybrids/Convertibles Hybrid devices bring you the best of both worlds, with the ability to transform from a laptop into a tablet, when needed, to offer a flexible device to suit your needs. They come in many forms, from swivelling screens to those which completely detach from the keyboard dock, giving you the freedom to choose the best device to suit your working style. All-in-Ones With a full-sized (sometimes touch-enabled) screen, All-in-One PCs combine all the internal components of the machine into a single convenient and stylish device, with a smaller footprint than traditional desktop PCs. Tablets Tablets (also referred to as slates) are portable, touchscreen devices which fall in-between a laptop and mobile phone. Perfect for on-the-go lifestyles, tablets are lightweight and come in a variety of sizes. The integrated technology such as the accelerometer (which detects the devices physical movements), storage drives, touch keyboard and wireless capabilities mean that you can use the device for almost anything, from reading your favourite novel to writing up a piece of work.
    • 4 Devices in Education Primary School Student education
    • 5 Devices in Education education Immersive and interactive, touch based experiences, are particularly well suited for primary school age learners and devices that help enable these experiences should be prioritised wherever possible. Younger learners are also conceivably the users most likely to test a devices resilience, so you want to ensure that the devices you provide them with are durable enough not to shatter if they are accidentally dropped or banged on tables. With this in mind, the following devices would be well suited for this audience: Intel Classmate PC Surface RT RM Profile Primary School Student “Younger learners are conceivably the users most likely to test a devices resilience.”
    • 6 Devices in Education education Specification Specification 1GB or 2GB DDR3 Intel Celeron 10” HD touch 241mm (width) x 215mm (depth) x 39mm (max. height) 1.41kg Intel Core i5 Processor LED 10-point multitouch, 1920 x 1080 541mm (width) x 61 mm (depth) x 338mm (height) 8.5kg Memory: Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: RM ProfileIntel Classmate PC All-in-One – High EndHybrid – Budget Touch 60GB Hard DriveScreen Size 10” Windows 8Battery Life 10h Touch 320GB Hard DriveScreen Size 21.5” Windows 8 What it can do for you A solid device for any accidental drops and knocks, the Intel Classmate is light enough for young children to carry, but provides everything they need to have fun and learn at the same time. We love the 2MP front-facing and 5MP rear facing cameras which are great for interactive learning using services such as Skype, and the retractable handle only helps to prevent those inevitable drops. What it can do for you We know that primary students need robust devices which also deliver on performance, and this RM device definitely provides that. The optional touchscreen is perfect for children, and less-experienced users, who often take to touchscreens much faster than a mouse and keyboard, and the 10-point multi-touch gesture capabilities allow students to get creative with others. The integrated webcam facilitates collaborative learning, which would be perfect for capturing classroom life for group projects. Primary School Student Mains Only Specification ARM 32GB or 64GB ClearType HD Display, 1366 x 768, 16:9 (widescreen), 5-point multi-touch Up to 8 hours mixed activity, 7-15 days idle life 274.4mm (width) x 172mm (depth) x 9.3mm (height) 676g Processor: Hard Drive: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight: Surface RT Tablet – Budget 64GB Hard DriveScreen Size 10.6” Windows RTBattery Life 8h What it can do for you Microsoft’s first device offers a no-compromise tablet that allows both great app experiences and full productivity. With Office 2013 Home and Student included, and, unlike many tablets, a USB port, students get the best possible work experience. Surface RT is quick to boot and lasts up to 8 hours, meaning you can focus on being productive, rather than being constantly on the lookout for the next power source. Touch
    • 7 Devices in Education Secondary School Student education
    • 8 Devices in Education Secondary School Student education A secondary school student needs their device to be quick and powerful to allow them to research and create content using many different tools – Office 2013, Windows 8 apps, websites, search engines etc, but need something with great battery life to get them through a full school day. Here’s our pick of what would suit their needs: Acer Iconia W510 Ergo Hybrid Viglen Integra “A secondary school student needs their device to be quick to allow them to research and create content...”
    • 9 Devices in Education education Specification Specification Intel® Atom Processor Z2760 (1066MHz) LED-Backlit TFT LCD (1366 x 768), 5-point multi-touch screen 186.5mm (width) x 258.5mm (depth) x 9.9mm (height) 1.26kg (docked) and 680g (undocked) Range of Intel processors available Up to 1TB 75mm/100mm VESA mount, supporting a range of displays from 17” to 22” widescreen with Hard screen and touchscreen options 270mm (width) x 200mm (depth) x 400mm (height) Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: Processor: Hard Drive: Screen: Dimensions: Viglen IntegraAcer Iconia W510 All-in-One – Mid-rangeHybrid – Budget Touch 32GB Hard DriveScreen Size 10.1” Windows 8Battery Life 9h Touch 1TB Hard DriveScreen Size 22” Windows 8 What it can do for you A sturdy, stylish solution for students, this device provides the performance they need to get all their homework done. As a hybrid, the device offers students flexibility to fit into their lifestyle, and allows both high performance and convenience in its laptop and tablet forms. Have fun with the 5-point multi-touch capability, which provides a real hands-on experience, and document school work and your personal life with the full HD audio and video recording. What it can do for you A flexible all-in-one PC, the Integra is great for classrooms thanks to its simple design and compact footprint. With the choice of display size from 17”-22”, you can get this to suit your needs, whether you want a large screen for creative media work or a slightly smaller one to fit neatly into your classroom, and the height adjustable stand means that individual students can alter the screen height to suit them. Secondary School Student Mains Only We think the Hybrid is perfect for providing you with the functionality of a laptop without sacrificing performance, as the included docking station allows you to switch easily to and from the full laptop experience. The headphone jack lets students use applications and research tools which require sound without disrupting the rest of the classroom, and the USB ports let them connect to other devices or peripherals so they can get the class involved with their work from their own device. Specification Up to: Intel® Core™ i5-3427U LED screen, 1366 × 768 resolution Up to 5 hours standard battery, up to 8 hours with docking station 300mm (width) x 198mm (depth) x 13.5mm (height) 1.78kg with 2800mAh battery Processor: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight: Ergo Hybrid Hybrid – Mid-range Touch 64GB Hard DriveScreen Size 11.6” Windows 8Battery Life 8h What it can do for you
    • 10 Devices in Education Further and Higher Education Students education
    • 11 Devices in Education Further and Higher Education Students education A student in further or higher education needs a device which can handle intensive use while they research and write essays, create PowerPoint presentations and collaborate with their peers, whilst also being able to handle the demands of their personal life, such as playing games, socialising or even making computer and mobile phone apps.* They want something smart and sleek which they can show off, but need something portable enough to take to and from class. *Some students will require more unique devices due to subject choices where they require a device designed for ‘heavy-duty’ use such as programming, media and design. With this in mind, the following devices would be well suited for this audience: Stone NT310 Toshiba LX830-11D Sony VAIO Duo “A student in further or higher education needs a device which can handle intensive use.”
    • For students looking for a sturdy and productive, yet entertainment ready, All-in-One device for their bedrooms, or institutions looking to kit out their computer labs with a universally user-friendly device, look no further. The i3 processor in the LX830 provides all the speed a student needs to complete their work, and the 1TB hard drive gives them enough space to store it all once it’s complete. We love the HD graphics too, which bring images and videos to life on the big touchscreen, and are great for keeping you engaged when doing research for projects. 12 Devices in Education education Specification Specification 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3-3110M Processor LED touchscreen, 1920 x 1080 566mm (width) x 52mm (depth) x 415mm (height) Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor (1.70GHz, 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost, 3MB L3 Cache) LED, widescreen, VAIO Display Plus, Full HD 1920 x 1080 Approx 5 hours (sheet battery optional to double battery life) 320mm (width) x 199mm (depth) x 18mm (height) 1.5kg Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Processor: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight: Toshiba LX830-11D Sony VAIO Duo All-in-One – Mid-range Hybrid – High End Touch 128GB Hard DriveScreen Size 11.6” Windows 8Battery Life 5h Touch 1TB Hard DriveScreen Size 23” Windows 8 What it can do for you What it can do for you A gorgeous alternative to standard form factors, the Duo can be transformed from a tablet to laptop in seconds with the SurfSlider™ screen, which slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, perfect for getting your college and university work done. The Digitizer stylus allows a fluid and natural writing style, which you can use to make notes during class when typing isn’t enough. The Intel i5 processor delivers a fast performance, automatically providing a boost of speed when needed. What more could you ask for when juggling study and personal life? Further and Higher Education Students Mains Only What it can do for you Designed to withstand the trials and tribulations of daily use, this device perfectly suits a college environment, and is both stylish and durable. The Intel i7 processor delivers the swift, instant response you need as a student, no matter what you’re doing, and the 15.6” HD LCD screen gives you plenty of real-estate to multitask using the Windows 8 snapping function. Specification Intel® Core i7-3612QM Processor Up to 1TB 7200rpm hard disk drive or 500GB solid state drive LCD HD (1366 x 768) Slim 16:9 LED Display (Non-Gloss) 374mm (width) x 252mm (depth) x 25.4mm (height) 2.2kg Processor: Hard Drive: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: Stone NT310 Ultrabook – Budget 1TB Hard DriveScreen Size 15.6” Windows 8Battery Life 6h
    • 13 Devices in Education education Educators
    • 14 Devices in Education Educators education Any educator requires a PC to enable them to prepare, teach and communicate within the education environment. They use their devices for a diverse range of activities, from electronic grade records, to communicating with students, parents and other educators, to designing lesson and assignment plans. Their device is often used as the primary teaching and projection device in a classroom, and may therefore be used for video-conferencing and web browsing in addition to the aforementioned. Consequently, they need a device which can keep up with their fast-paced lifestyle, and has the ability to perform multiple functions without slowing down. With this in mind, the following devices would be well suited for this audience: ASUS VivoBook S200E HP Envy x2 Acer Aspire S7 “Consequently, they need a device which can keep up with their fast-paced lifestyle.”
    • Boasting up to 14 hours of battery life when attached to the keyboard base, this device will take you from home to work, and survive the journey in between so you can continue your work when commuting. The detachable tablet is perfect for portability, allowing you to move your demos and teaching around the classroom rather than being stuck behind the laptop stand, and the Intel Atom processor, combined with 2GB of RAM, come together to give a smooth experience when multitasking. 15 Devices in Education education Specification Specification Specification Intel® Pentium B987 11.6” 16:9 HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlight 303mm (width) x 200mm (depth) x 22mm (height) 1.4kg Intel® Atom™ Z2760 processor HD BrightView LED-backlit, 1366 x 768 Up to 14 hours attached and up to 7 hours detached 303mm (width) x 206mm (depth) x 19mm (height) 1.41kg, Slate only: 0.7kg Intel® Core™ i7-3517U processor Active Matrix TFT Colour, 1920 x 1080, LED backlit, multitouch screen 323.3mm (width) x 223.5mm (depth) x 11.9mm (height) 1.3kg Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: Processor: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight: Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Weight: HP Envy x2 Acer Aspire S7ASUS VivoBook S200E Hybrid – Mid-range Ultrabook – High EndUltrabook – Budget Touch 64GB Hard DriveScreen Size 11.6” Windows 8Battery Life 14h What it can do for you A sleek, lightweight device with a price point starting at under £350, this ASUS is perfect for a teacher just starting their career. The touchscreen allows you to make the most of Windows 8, but you still have full laptop functionality for those all important lesson plans and emails. The devices size is only a plus, and is easily portable for when your bags are full of various textbooks and worksheets. We know that connection ports are important for teachers, as you need to connect to display equipment, peripherals and other devices, and the ASUS doesn’t let you down, being able to connect to almost anything with its VGA, HDMI and USB ports. What it can do for you What it can do for you This beautiful looking device is great for teachers who want to get things done while looking professional at the same time. The screen can be opened to 180 degrees and laid flat, making it perfect for collaboration, and the Acer Crystal Eye HD camera allows you to video conference with other classrooms around the world using services such as Skype. The Intel Core i7 processor provides a seamless experience, whether browsing the web or running multiple applications, giving you more time to work and less time waiting for things to load. If you want a high performance, lightweight and visually impressive device that provides you with everything you need as a teacher, this is the device to choose. 500GB Hard DriveScreen Size 11.6” Windows 8Battery Life 5h Touch 128GB Hard DriveScreen Size 13.3” Windows 8Battery Life 6h Touch Educators
    • 16 Devices in Education education Senior Managers and IT Professionals
    • 17 Devices in Education Senior Managers and IT Professionals education With this in mind, the following devices would be well suited for this audience: HP Envy 23-d010ea Surface Pro Lenovo X1 Carbon It may seem strange for us to group senior managers and IT pros into one section, but there is reason behind the seeming madness. While these two groups consume different content on their PCs, their requirements are actually quite similar. In their roles, they both need devices with high performance, professional looks and ample storage. “In their roles, they both need devices with high performance, professional looks and ample storage.” Senior Managers Senior managers are often in and out of meetings with governors, staff members, parents and external businesses. They need their device to be portable and sleek in order to give a professional impression, yet high-powered so that they can do their work without the technology slowing them down. IT Professionals An IT professional’s main requirement in a device is its performance. In order to manage the school’s ICT infrastructure, an IT pro needs a device which will keep up with them and allow them to run multiple, heavily intensive management applications without slowing down. In the same way as senior managers, they may often find themselves in internal and external senior meetings due to their influence on the school’s ICT choices.
    • With the ability to run all the apps and programs you care about, digital ink capabilities and the option to join a corporate domain for full access to your institutions network, we think the Surface Pro is the perfect choice for senior management and IT professionals within academic institutions. 18 Devices in Education education Specification Specification Intel® Pentium® G645 Full HD 1920 x 1080 580mm (width) x 21.4mm (depth) x 455mm (height) Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor 128GB or 256GB HD+ Anti-Glare (1600 x 900) (300 NITS) Wide Viewing Rapid charge up to 80% battery life in 35 minutes 311mm (width) x 226mm (depth) x 18.85mm (height) 1.36kg Processor: Screen: Dimensions: Processor: Hard Drive: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight: Surface Pro Lenovo X1 CarbonHP Envy 23-d010ea Tablet – High End Ultrabook – High EndAll-in-One – Mid-range 256GB Hard DriveScreen Size 14” Windows 8Battery Life 8.2h Touch 128GB Hard DriveScreen Size 10.6” Windows 8Battery Life 4.5h Touch 500GB Hard DriveScreen Size 23” Windows 8 What it can do for you The Envy’s 3rd generation Intel® processor provides a fast processing speed which gives all the performance that senior managers and IT pros need. Its structure is smart, with edge-to-edge glass design, but doesn’t compromise performance, and you can even mount it on the wall. With the 10-point touch sensitive screen, you can introduce a truly hands-on approach to leadership meetings, or get your team of IT technicians involved in the solution planning process. What it can do for you What it can do for you Another visually stunning device, the Lenovo X1 Carbon has everything you could ask for, and more. The long battery life allows you to stay unplugged all day, so if you’re walking around the school offering support, or in and out of meetings, you can rest assured that your laptop will last as long as you do. The Intel® vPro technology enables you to manage, protect, repair, and locate assets from anywhere in the world, which we know is important to those leading the school and staff. Being on the move can leave you with little time to charge your device, but with Lenovo’s rapid charge technology charging the battery up to 80% in 35 minutes, you needn’t worry about those busy days out of your office. Touch Senior Managers and IT Professionals Mains Only Specification 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 128GB 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display 4.5 hours mixed activity, 7-15 days idle life 274.4mm (width) x 172mm (depth) x 9.3mm (height) 676g Processor: Hard Drive: Screen: Battery Life: Dimensions: Weight:
    • 19 Devices in Education Conclusion education “There really is no reason to get a ‘generic’ device which doesn’t suit your needs.” With the number of devices on the market, there really is no reason to get a ‘generic’ device which doesn’t suit your needs. We’ve only shown you a small selection of what is available, and we know that a device has to be personal for it to feel right, but we hope that this eBook has provided you with some guidance as to what type of device will enhance your lifestyle. Whether you choose to buy one of the devices we’ve mentioned, or find something of your own, we want you to enjoy your PC experience, and get as much out of your device as possible. Devices in education: Which one do you choose?
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