As technology continues to broaden its abilities, the life of a personal computer continues to shorten. Laptops tend to be outdated abruptly after their successor models are introduced, making the old device irrelevant.
Current laptops at Godwin will soon be out, as new laptops will be introduced to students at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Henrico County Public Schools signed a contract with Dell for $17.45 million dollars in April to replace 17,320 older model laptops currently in use at middle and high schools.
The new Dell Latitude 3380 laptops will replace the current Latitude e6430 models, with upgrades such as faster speed, updated operating systems, and more.
The current laptops in use have mixed reviews – some are content with the “durability” of it, yet some complain it is either “outdated,” “bulky,” “unreliable,” or “cheap.” Regardless, the new model will satisfy students’ needs with a lighter weight, longer battery life, and even more durability.
Sophomore Katherine Coleman is excited for the new laptops, as she feels that it is “definitely time for an upgrade.”
“With the new laptop having longer battery life, you can get through full days without having to charge. The new laptops will also be better because they are more durable, and some students drop their laptops a lot,” said Coleman.
Junior Emily Key also feels the same way.
“I am excited for the change and the improvements in our technology here at Godwin,” said Key.
Software enterprise Hewlett-Packard (HP) was also a candidate for the contract – however the school board agreed it would be best to continue its contract with Dell due to a higher rating of user-friendliness and technical support.
Principal Leigh Dunavant said, “It will be nice to have new computers. Technology always provides opportunities for student engagement which helps with student performance in school.”
Teachers will also see a benefit with the new computers, as they will be able to work more efficiently.
“I am sure that there will be a lot of things that will be improved that will help teachers,” said Dunavant.
The new laptops will be brought to the county in early June and will be issued to high school students between Aug. and Sept.