PCR’s guide to the latest back to school gear

The end of July is fast approaching and schools will soon be breaking up for the summer. With the back to school season almost upon us, PCR groups together useful IT solutions for providers to sell to schools, parents and pupils.

Gratnells PowerTray

Distributor: Gratnells

The PowerTrays come in two sizes – a shallow tray and an extra deep version – which can each store 10 tablets. The trays continuously analyse the appetite for power from devices such as phones, tablets and data loggers.

Specs: Charge time two to four hours, stores up to 10 tablets.

SRP: From £250 to £379

Gratnells PowerTrolley

Distributor: Gratnells

The PowerTrolley can adapt to house either three tiers of shallow trays, charging 30 devices, or two tiers of extra deep trays charging 20 units at once. The PowerTrolley features lockable castors and optional handles.

Specs: Available in five colours, can house two or three tiers of trays.

SRP: £250

Zoostorm Delta Tower PC Black

Distributor: VIP Computers

The best selling cost effective Delta Tower from Zoostorm leads the classroom. It’s a traditional tower that provides the freedom and space to upgrade with ease.

Specs: 1TB HDD with 8GB memory and Microsoft Windows 10 Home.

SRP: £299.99 (Pentium G4400), £549.99 (Core i7)

Zoostorm Delta Micro

Distributor: VIP Computers

The smallest, quietest and most powerful Zoostorm solution for education is the Delta Micro. It delivers exceptional classroom performance and addresses the need for smaller quieter devices.

Specs: Intel Core i3 (or i5 6400) CPU, 128GB SSD with 4GB memory and Windows 10 Home.

SRP: £349.99 (Core i3), £419.99 (Core i5 6400)

Zoostorm Delta Elite

Distributor: VIP Computers

Designed with space saving in mind, the ultra small Delta Elite from Zoostorm offers improved paint durability and scratch resistance, with an optional lockable rear cable cover and stand.

Specs: Intel Core i3 (or i5 6400) CPU, 1TB HDD with 4GB memory and Windows 10 Pro.

SRP: £379.99 (Pentium G4400), £449.99 (Core i7)

SanDisk Cruzer Blade Triple Pack

Distributor: Peak Development

The SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB Flash Drive makes it easy to back up, transfer and share your files. Available in 8GB triple packs or individually in capacities up to 128GB, this USB drive lets you carry your files wherever you go.

Specs: 8GB triple pack

SRP: £10.99

BullGuard Mobile Security

Distributors: Spire Technology, Target Components, Exertis 

Children are getting their first smartphone at increasingly younger ages, driven by a combination of peer pressure and a parent’s desire to keep in touch.

Specs: One-year subscription/three devices (premium version).

SRP: Free or £16.95 for the premium version

BullGuard Internet Security

Distributors: Spire Technology, Target Components, Exertis

For no-nonsense security that just works, BullGuard has it covered with Internet Security. Keeping a home computer safe and free from malware should be a first priority for parents. 

Specs: One-year subscription/three PC license.

SRP: £49.95

AOC 75 Series

Distributor: Exertis, VIP Computers

The AOC 75 Series features numerous monitors sure to match every classroom need. Particularly, the IPS models are interesting for the education segment, boasting high-quality IPS panels and fantastic viewing angles (178° / 178°). At 21.5-inch, the AOC I2275PWQU is the smallest IPS monitor available in the series. 

Specs: 4ms response time, 21.5” and 24” screen sizes.

SRP: £119.99 (21.5”), £141.99 (24”)

Targus Universal Tablet Cases

Distributor: Tech Data

Maximise your shelf space and make choosing a case easy for your customer with Universal Cases from Targus, designed to fit 90 per cent of tablets. Featuring a multi-fit stretchy, shock-absorbing silicone system which grips the device on all four corners and secures it safely inside. The patented 360-degree rotating design offers hands-free portrait and landscape viewing.

Specs: Hands-free rotating stand, USA Military-Spec drop tested (protects device from 1.2m drops).

SRP: £19.99 – £34.99

CorelDRAW Home & Student Suite X7

Distributors: Exertis, Exertis Unlimited, Ingram Micro, Douglas Stewart

Whether you dabble in design or have existing expertise, you can express your creativity by using the intuitive graphic design, illustration, page layout, web graphics and photo-editing features. Create eye-catching projects with a variety of content, including professionally-designed templates, high-quality photos and clipart.

Specs: Installs up to three copies per household.

SRP: £99.95

Edimax Wi-Fi Range Extender

Distributor: Exertis

Make sure your Wi-Fi network is top of the class when kids go back to school this year by introducing an Edimax EW-7438RPN N300 Mini Wi-Fi Range Extender to your network. This device extends the Wi-Fi signal so kids can benefit from using a designated homework room which has internet access.

Specs: Speeds of up to 300Mbps, compatible with all brands of routers.

SRP: £14.99

Club3D Universal Docking Station

Distributor: Target Components

The SenseVision USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station is a verstatile universal docking station which allows you to expand the outputs of your laptop or ultrabook, so it can be used as a traditional desktop PC. Featuring the advanced DisplayLink DL-3900 chip inside, the USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station enables the use of two external High Definition monitors via the HDMI and DVI-I output. 

Specs: Supports dual external monitors via HDMI, Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Android and Linux in Beta.

SRP: £89.75

LittleBits Steam Student Set

Distributor: Computers Unlimited

The LittleBits STEAM Student Set is a toolbox of acclaimed electronic blocks, designed with educators to engage students in powerful STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning through invention. The set comes with comprehensive lessons, curricular connections, implementation strategies and helpful tips, while a mobile app provides thousands of more ideas. 

Specs: 72-page student invention guide included, set includes 19 blocks and 45 accessories.

SRP: £224.99 (ex VAT)


Distributor: Computers Unlimited

OSMO is an award-winning educational iPad accessory, allowing children to enjoy learning while interacting with others and the digitally connected game pieces. The core system – which works with any iPad – is the base for a growing range of games, including Words, Numbers, Tangram, Newton, Masterpiece and Coding. OSMO is used in classrooms in 42 countries around the world.

Specs: Works with any iPad, no Wi-Fi or battery required, free OSMO apps available.

SRP: From £58.32 (ex VAT)

5Gps card reader

Distributor: Dynamode

This is a high performance, compact 5Gps card read/writer which reads all current and several future memory card formats, including MicroSD, SDHC and SDXC amongst others. Stylish and compact with a metal finish, it’s ideal for almost any digital application.

Specs: Up to ten times the speed of USB2 products.

SRP: £16.99

Office 365

Distributor: Westcoast

Office 365 Home and Personal is subscription-based software designed to help you and your household get things done from nearly anywhere on your favourite devices. Get the installed applications you know and trust – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

Specs: One-year subscription, OneDrive cloud storage (1TB Personal, 5TB Home), 1 PC/Mac and 1 tablet (Personal), 5 PCs/Macs and 5 tablets (Home).

SRP: £59.99 (Personal), £79.99 (Home)

Lexmark A4 Mono Printer

Distributor: Westcoast

The Lexmark MS415dn printer combines a powerful CPU/256 MB of memory, 2.4-inch colour display, eco-conscious features and output at 38 pages per minute. 

Specs: 256MB of memory, 2.4” colour display, 38 pages per minute. 

SRP: £250 ex VAT

HP Chromebook 11 G4

Distributor: Westcoast

Get trusted processing power from an Intel Celeron processor that quickly launches apps, allows fast web browsing and efficiently manages battery power.

Specs: Intel Celeron N2840, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, 11.6”, 1366×768 HD resolution, Chrome OS.

SRP: £221

HP x2 210 Detachable PC 

Distributor: Westcoast

The HP X2 210 detachable PC lets you go beyond notebook and tablet functions with write, share and watch modes that are ideal in the classroom.

Specs: Intel Atom x5 CPU, 10.1” screen, 1280×800 resolution, 4GB RAM, 64GB HDD, Windows 10 Pro 64.

SRP: £302

Fujitsu STYLISTIC tablet

Distributor: Entatech

The Fujitsu Stylistic R726, with a 12.5-inch anti-glare display, transforms into a full performance and productivity notebook by simply attaching the slim magnetic keyboard. Its magnesium-aluminium housing delivers durability, presenting in tablet mode or notebook mode on desks, offering a great alternative to traditional PCs.

Specs: 12.5”, anti-glare, magnetic keyboard.

SRP: From £649

Office Home & Student 2016

Distributor: Entatech

Microsoft Office 2016 is designed to help you create and organise faster with time-saving features, a new modern look and built-in collaboration tools. Plus, you can save your documents in the cloud on OneDrive and access them from anywhere. 

Specs: Updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

SRP: £119.99

SoftMaker Office Home & Business 2016

Distributor: Entatech

SoftMaker Home & Business for Windows is the blazing fast, easy-to-use alternative to Microsoft Office. Seamlessly compatible with Microsoft Office 97-2016, users can complete their day-to-day office and school work with TextMaker Word Processing, the PlanMaker Spreadsheet program and Presentations 2016 program.

Specs: Compatible with Microsoft Office 97-2016.

SRP: £29.99

Brother HL-3140CW

Distributor: Ingram Micro

Compact, reliable and specially designed to suit smaller classroom spaces, the HL-3140CW creates professional-looking colour documents and prints directly from mobile devices. Wireless technology means saving and sharing resources is easy.

Specs: Up to 18ppm mono and colour print speed, up to 2400x600dpi print resolution.

SRP: £174

Brother all-in-one printer

Distributor: Ingram Micro

Fast and reliable, the DCP-9015CDW brings all-in-one colour print, copy and scan performance to the classroom. Create documents before sharing them using the machine’s comprehensive connectivity options.

Specs: 9.3cm touch screen, 18ppm print speed, two-sided print.

SRP: £226.80

ASUS VivoBook Flip

Distributor: Exertis

The Flip TP200’s robust and remarkable 360-degree, multi-gear metal hinge gives you the freedom to organise your life the way you want. 

Specs: 11.6” 1366×768 display, N3050 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD.

SRP: £229.99

Triumph Board

Distributor: Inspired Technology

The Triumph Board offers all the benefits of traditional interactive touchscreens as well as new features, like Ultra HD and Full HD resolution, an embedded Android board and integration with Triumph Cloud.

Specs: PC6A: Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB RAM, PC7A: Intel CoreTM i7 processor and 8GB RAM.

SRP: Varies

TP-LINK Access Point

Distributors: CMS Distribution, Entatech, Exertis, Spire Technology, Tech Data

With speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, this EAP 320 access point from TP-LINK provides a practical solution for hard-pressed schools looking to strengthen their Wi-Fi network.

Specs: Wi-Fi with MIMO and TurboQAM, plus airtime, fairness, beamforming and band steering technologies.

SRP: Around £170

Norton Security Deluxe 3 Device

Distributors: Exertis, Ingram Micro, Tech Data

Norton Security Deluxe provides protection for the multi-device, on-the-go way you live today. IT gives you the ability to protect your identity and financial data from viruses, scams and online threats. 

Specs: Protects up to three devices.

SRP: £39.99

Approx Carry Case & Mouse Bundle

Distributor: Spire Technology

This basic laptop bag measures 15.6-inches in size, and boasts durable coating quality. It also comes bundled with an optical mouse with a USB 2.0 cable.

Specs: 15.6” case in black, USB optical mouse.

SRP: £11.99

Approx Universal 90W Laptop PSU

Distributor: Spire Technology

The new Approx automatic power adapter with its unique design allows you to charge all kinds of notebooks
up to 90W. It has nine pins included, making it a compatible with most available brands. 

Specs: 18.5-20V, 8 Adapters, Auto Select.

SRP: £20.99

Approx 2.1 Multimedia Mini Speakers

Distributor: Spire Technology

The APPSP21M is a compact speaker set with subwoofer. It’s designed for those who want to enjoy their music with style. Its sleek, slim design offers a modern touch to your computer and is ideal for both PC and laptop.

Specs: 10W RMS, white.


CMS Distribution…0208 960 6000

Computers Unlimited…0208 358 5858

Douglas Stewart…01252 612806

Spire Technology…01202 828444

Tech Data…01256 788 000

Entatech…0333 101 1000

Exertis…01279 822 822 (Home)

Inspired Technology…01227 271120

VIP Computers…0871 622 7500

Peak Development…01489 796 979

Exertis…01256 707 070 (IT)

Gratnells…0800 169 6854

Ingram Micro…0871 973 3000

Target Components…01977 739 300

Westcoast…0118 912 6000

Midwich…01379 649 200

PCR’s Sector Spotlight on Education – in association with Tech Data – is running throughout July 2016 – click here for more articles

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