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Why Buy a Refurbished Laptop or Desktop?

A refurbished laptop or desktop is exactly that, a machine that has previously been used by someone else but has been refurbished so someone else can use it. Although you won’t usually find the latest tech in a refurbished device, they can be a great way of saving money while still getting a product that works and looks great.

 

What is a refurbished laptop or desktop?

A refurbished device is one that has been used by someone else. A specialist refurbing company will test each device to make sure the hardware is working perfectly and any components that aren’t working, are replaced. The hard drives within the devices are securely wiped and then a fresh genuine copy of Windows is installed. Finally, the device is cleaned inside and out to get rid of any dirt or dust build up.

 

The Advantages

One of the biggest advantages to buying a refurbished laptop or desktop is the cost savings compared the buying a brand-new machine.

Another advantage is that it’s eco-friendly. Instead of the device going to the landfill, it’s given a new lease of life and so it helps reduce environment damage.

 

Things to Consider

The main thing to consider is the device will not be new. Depending on the grade you choose, there may be slight scratches or marks on the casing. However, all the components inside are in perfect working order.

You are unlikely to find the latest generation of hardware in a refurbished laptop or computer. However, they are more than capable of running the latest programs and applications.

Looking at replacing your current laptop or computer with a refurbished machine? Give us a call on 01543 889 444.

 


Should You Repair, Upgrade, or Replace Your Computer?

Like many valuable things we buy, new computers suffer from wear and tear over time. Our computers are particularly vulnerable as we have placed more and more demands on them every year. New machines have got faster, quieter, more reliable, and more capable over time. At the same time our own computers have begun to slow and sometimes even stop performing altogether.

There are many ways to address the problem of a PC which isn’t quite performing up to the task anymore. Whether frustratingly slow or no longer working; we are happy to take a look. When you bring your computer to us we will diagnose the condition and find a solution that works for you. Often times the simplest solution works best. A complex problem sometimes only needs a simple repair to get your home computer up and running like new again. Whether a small replacement part, loose wire, or bad connection; we will find and fix the problem to give your familiar, home machine a new lease of life.

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Many computers come to us running slowly, taking a long time to start up, or freezing when trying to load files and programs. Often owners have reached breaking point and become convinced the machine is fit for only the scrap heap. In many cases, the problem can be pinpointed to a bottleneck in the system. A single, seemingly trivial, part can be holding up the entire system. Amazingly, upgrading just that one component can make the whole machine run like new again.

Adding memory can provide extra space for programs to run faster. Adding an updated, faster hard drive can allow files to be retrieved without delay. In both cases, a low-cost single component can provide a cost-effective solution that makes an old machine like new again.

In some cases, computers succumb to more major faults. A critical part, difficult to replace, may stop working altogether. A failure of the motherboard for example, the backbone that all other components connect to can be expensive, if not impossible, to fix. Typically, with the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of computing, a motherboard will only house computer parts that were manufactured around a similar time.

A motherboard is almost certain to be incompatible with components built just a couple of years before or after its own design for example. Occasionally even a motherboard failure can be resolved too. In these cases we strive, whenever possible, to find a replacement board of the same generation that will work alongside existing components. The result is a cost-effective solution that keeps cost down by saving replacement parts.

In cases where a like-for-like replacement motherboard is not available, many parts of the computer may have to be replaced at the same time. Often replacement costs in these cases can get close to, or even exceed the cost of buying a new machine.

We would always give advice where it makes sense financially and practically to consider replacing an old machine. Often, in this respect, a home PC can be considered a little like a car. Sometimes a simple, non-expensive, easy to replace component such as the window wiper can fail. While a crucial part to be used for driving; it would be silly to suggest replacing the vehicle once it has worn out.

A window wiper may be low-cost and simple to replace, but if the engine were to wear down or break the solution may not be quite as simple. Attempting to make a 30-year-old car as fast, safe, and reliable as a brand new model generally doesn’t make any financial or practical sense. Sometimes the best course of action to save money and avoid breakdowns is a more up to date vehicle.

In computing, many of the same rules hold true. The best solution in each case is always tailored personally to fit you and your own computer.

Bring your machine in to us or give us a call us at 01543 889 444 to discuss your computer issues. We’ll keep you informed about your machine and advise on the best course of action to get you up and running as quickly as possible.