Gateway® C-141X ($799 after $200 instant discount) Processor Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2330 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache) Operating System Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit) Memory 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-1024MB modules) Hard Drive 160GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive5 Optical Drive 8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD-RW with DVD-RAM Display 14.0" WXGA TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 768 max. resolution) Strengths Weakness 14” screen largest of any tablet PC Slowest processor of the group Cheapest computer Hewlett Packard tx2500z ($899 after $150 instant discount) • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (32-bit) • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 (2.0GHz) • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) • 2 GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support Strengths Weakness Economical computer Smallest screen Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 Tablet PC ($1299 after $50 mail in rebate) • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB) • Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 • 13.3" WXGA touch screen display • 2 GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM memory (1 GB x 2) • 160 GB SATA 150, 5400 rpm hard drive • Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer Strengths Weakness Fastest processor Most expensive Midsize screen at 13.3” All computers have the same operating system, hard drive, and multi-format DVD writer. When considering a computer for purchase, it was easy to decide that we needed a mobile computer. Thus I had to decide if a notebook computer or a tablet PC was a better buy. Since a tablet PC can do anything a notebook computer can do and a tablet PC can be used to write notes in by hand. Hence, I went with a tablet PC because the cost of a tablet PC is now fairly comparable to a regular notebook computer with prices commonly under $1000. The three models chosen to compare are by Gateway, Hewlett Packard, and Fujitsu. Based on the above observed strengths and weaknesses, I’d recommend the Gateway C-141X because it is the cheapest and has the largest screen available in a tablet PC model. Thus the students have more space for which to write on. The next best option would be the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 because it was easily the fastest computer available. The only reason for not being the most desired was that it cost $500 per computer more than the Gateway C-141X. Essentially, for every two Fujitsu ones we could buy, we could buy three Gateway versions. Since the Gateway C-141X is the slowest, I do need to consider if the computer will be reliable for three to five years. Based on my personal usage of computers and what I anticipate using the computers for in the classroom, I don’t see that as being an issue. In conclusion, based on economics and versatility, I would recommend the school district purchase the Gateway C-141X computer for the upcoming school year.
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