Technical and Purchasing Considerations

Purchasing Frameworks

This section includes information and advice on ICT, including technical and purchasing considerations. If you have specific queries in this area, please email these to ictadvice@pdst.ie

 

Technical and Purchasing Considerations, including purchasing Frameworks where applicable: The following information may assist schools as they seek to purchase fit-for-purpose ICT. If you require advice or support please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie.  

Purchasing Laptops and Desktop PCs:
PC & Notebook/Laptop Framework: (no request for quote required). Schools can simply order PCs/Notebooks from the two listed suppliers, without having to seek quotes from other suppliers.  (This is possible as there is an OGP contract in place with the two approved companies at the prices shown below.) Standard and higher spec versions of Laptops and PCs are available.

- To order PCs contact Datapac (www.datapac.com) at schoolsetb@datapac.com
- To order Notebooks contact PFH (www.pfh.ie) at education@pfh.ie

- PCs & Notebooks include Windows 10 Pro OS, 3Year Next Business Day onsite warranty
- PC prices include a 21 Inch HD height & tilt adjustable monitor, keyboard and mouse
- Other optional extras include installation services, 5 year warranty, (available at additional cost from both companies), Costs are commercially sensitive.

a) Standard PC, Mini Tower, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Prodesk 405 G4
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 2200G quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Integrated CD/DVD, 11 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, Displayport & VGA ports, 21 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080). A Displayport to HDMI convertor is available if requested.
Cost: €416 (€503.36 including VAT at 21%)

b) Higher Spec PC, Mini Tower, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Prodesk 405 G4
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 2200G quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Integrated CD/DVD, 11 USB ports, 1GB Dedicated Graphics (Nvidia Geforce GT710), Displayport & VGA interfaces, 21.5 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080). A Displayport to HDMI convertor is available if requested.
Cost: €436.20 (€527.80 including VAT at 21%)

c) Standard Spec Notebook/Laptop (15 Inch screen), (from PFH)
Model: Lenovo E15 Standard Spec
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ax), 2 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 15.6 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam. 
Cost: €445.00 (€538.45 including VAT at 21%)

d) Higher Spec Notebook/Laptop (14 Inch screen) , (from PFH)
Model: Lenovo L14 High Spec
AMD Ryzen 3 4450U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ax), 2 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 14 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam
Cost: €525.00 (€635.25 including VAT at 21%)

For additional advice on suitable PCs or Laptops for schools, please contact us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

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Chromebooks:
The Chromebook purchasing framework that had been in place for schools has recently expired.
If you are considering purchasing Chromebooks and are seeking advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie
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Apple Devices/ iPads
The Apple purchasing framework that had been in place for schools has recently expired.
If you are considering purchasing iPads or other Apple devices and are seeking advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie
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Purchasing Hybrid Devices:
Hybrid devices can be used in both laptop and tablet mode.
Compared to laptops they generally have lower power processors and less storage, typically 128GB. The following two devices can be ordered from suppliers without seeking other quotes.

HP ProBook x360 11G5 EE, Hybrid device with fold-around screen.
Windows 10 Professional; 11.6 Inch touchscreen, Graphics 1366x 768
Processor: Intel Celeron Quadcore N4120/1.1GHz(2.6GHz)/4MB Cache
Memory: 8GB DDR4; Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Ports: 2 USB ports, LAN port: Gigibit Ethernet, HDMI port.
Wifi: 802.11ac.ax; Bluetooth 5.0; Front facing camera
Battery Life: 653 Minutes; Weight 1.44Kg
Warranty: 3 Year Collect and/or Return
Cost: €407 (ex Vat); €492.47; (incl’ VAT)
To order contact Datapac (www.datapac.com) at schoolsetb@datapac.com

Microsoft Surface Go 2, Hybrid device with detachable fold-around keyboard
Windows 10 Professional;10.5 Inch touchscreen, Graphics 1920x1280
Processor: Intel Core m3-8100Y (Dual Core), 4MB Cache
Memory: 8GB DDR4; Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Ports: 3 USB ports, including USB-C for Power.
Wifi: 802.11ac.ax; Bluetooth 5.0; Front and rear facing cameras
Battery Life: 461 Minutes ; Weight 789g
Warranty: 3 Year Next Business day onsite
Cost: €666 (ex VAT); €805.86 (incl’ VAT)
To order contact Wriggle (www.wriggle.ie) at maureen@wrigglelearing.ie
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Wireless Networking (ie Wifi):
The Wireless purchasing framework that had been in place for schools for the last 4 years, and which many schools and ETBs successfully used to procure wifi has recently expired. If you are considering purchasing and installing suitable Wifi in your school and are seeking objective advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie
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Projectors, Interactive Flat Screens (IFS):
There is currently no suitable procurement framework available to purchase projectors or IFSs. Schools are advised to seek good value by requesting quotes from a minimum of 3 ICT/audio-visual suppliers. If schools need advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie
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T4/DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools (Updated March 2021)

The tender competition and evaluation process for the new Design and Communications Graphics (DCG)/CAD PC Mini-Towers and Laptops is complete. The evaluation team included a number of DCG and Solidworks expert teachers, technology specialists, the SEC, and the Inspectorate. Contracts were signed and the order process put in place for DCG Mini-Towers and Laptop computers, and both suppliers are ready to accept orders. Order forms include all relevant details, options and pricing to place orders.

The two suppliers are:
- Datapac (with a HP Mini-Tower) won the tender to supply DCG Mini-Towers; Cost: €963.04 (Including 21.5 Inch monitor, including VAT).
- Capita (with a Dell Laptop) won the tender to supply DCG Laptops; Cost: €1,158.44 (Including VAT).

Funding the purchase of DCG Computers: Firstly there is no 'DCG-specific ICT Grant'. All ICT schools funding for 2020 (apart from new school builds) is being made available via the annual General ICT Grants. For more on this click here:

Order Forms and NAGSF forms for DCG Mini-Tower and for DCG Laptop
The relevant order forms should be completed and emailed to suppliers.

The Order Form for the DCG HP Mini-Tower (from Datapac) is available here:
The NAGSF form for the DCG Mini-Tower is available here:

The Order Form for the DCG Dell Laptop (from Capita) is available here:
The NAGSF form for the DCG Laptop is available here:
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The T4/DCG/CAD Mini-Tower Specification and Costs: (HP Mini-Tower, supplied by Datapac):
Model: HP Z2 G5 Mini-Tower Workstation
This includes:
Solidworks 2019/20 CAD software is pre-installed
Intel Core i5-10600 processor, 3.3 GHz, 6 Cores, 64 bit, 12MB Cache
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)
16GB Memory (2 x 8GB DDR4)
500GB SSD Drive, (for faster performance and reliability)
Internal CD/DVD combo drive
Internal 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB Graphics. Certified by Solidworks. 4K Resolution (4096 x 2160)
6 x USB 3.0 (2 front, 4 rear); 2 x USB 2.0; RJ-45 LAN Gigabit, Audio in/out ports
1 x headphones/microphone, 2 x DisplayPort, 1xVGA, 4xMiniDisplayport
Full Size USB Mouse, QWERTY keyboard with euro symbol and numeric keypad.
Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite, parts and labour (provided as standard)
Mini-Tower Cost: €963.04 (Including 21.5 Inch monitor, and including VAT).
Additional options are listed on the Order Form
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T4/DCG/CAD Laptop Specification
Model: Dell Mobile Precision Workstation 3551 CTO
This includes:
Solidworks 2019/20 3D CAD software is pre-installed
Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 6 Core, 64Bit, 12MB Cache
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)
16GB Memory (2 x 8GB) 
500GB SSD Drive, (for faster performance and reliability)
Nvidia Quadro P620 Graphics Card, Solidworks Certified, 4GB Memory, 4x MiniDisplayport
15.6 Inch Screen, Resolution 1920x1080, Anti-Glare
RJ-45 LAN Gigabit; 3xUSB 3.1; 1xHDMI 2.0; 1xHeadset jack, 1xSD card reader
1 Thunderbolt Type C (Backwards compatible with USB C)
Weight: 2.06kg, Integrated HD Camera, Dell Pro Slim Briefcase
Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite Warranty, parts and labour (provided as standard)
DCG Laptop Cost: €1,158.44 (Including VAT).
Additional options are listed on the Order Form
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Other ICT Equipment or ICT Infrastructure:
If schools need advice or support on other ICT equipment or infrastructure, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie. An overview of the DES policy on procurement, including links to the OGP and the Schools Procurement Unit, can be accessed here: