Lower your carbon footprint with refurbished computers. Faster, Cheaper and more Eco Friendly
You may ask why should I buy a refurbished and not purchase a new computer? Most importantly refurbished computers offer a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to buying new desktop pcs, laptops and workstations, leaving more money in your pocket whilst lessening your carbon footprint.
High-Quality, Long-Lasting, and £££ Cheaper
It’s natural to think, ‘you get what you pay for, a cheap refurbished computer isn’t going to be able to run my business.’ But the old adage doesn’t apply here, in fact, it’s quite the opposite, as the old tech saying goes ‘never buy the first release of anything’ since most products haven’t been tested in the real world yet.
Professional refurbishers like Bargain Hardware take used systems from large blue-chip companies who constantly need the cutting edge of technology, meaning they often upgrade from high-quality; high-spec enterprise-grade machines with decades of power left in them. And after only a few short years of use.
As refurbishers buy machines in large numbers, they are often sourced at a highly discounted rate and their process allows you to acquire your tech at bulk purchase rates, resulting in savings of up to 80% off equivalent new systems!
The Real Difference
In contrast to cheap new entry-level machines, ex-corporate refurbished desktop PCs, workstations and laptops are built for reliability and speed needed for the running of complex programs. As these units originally have a high-price tag they have been built using only the best components which leads to significantly increased life-cycles and improved power delivery. The high-quality construction of these machines coupled together with the large discounts offered by the refurbishment process make refurbished machines a no-brainer for SMEs and end-users.
The Cream of the Crop
Unlike purchasing anything else used or refurbished (think cars, or even furniture), you needn’t have much concern with reliability or history as most machines have very few moving parts meaning there is little that could go wrong due to wear and tear.
Furthermore, each unit is professionally ‘refurbished’. You may ask what does that entail exactly?
When systems are first received, they’re put straight through the ‘processing’ stage. Here the machines will be taken apart by technicians so they can rigorously test each component individually to ensure that they’re fit for refurbishment. Due to methodical guidelines and tried and tested components refurbished computers are the cream of the crop and often see a lower warranty failure rate than new systems!
Once all the hardware has been tested the components that have passed will be stocked separately ready to be put back into a machine and tested once again upon purchase.
Buy with Confidence
So refurbished enterprise machines are reliable, but what if something does happen to go wrong? As when you’re buying most things, you’ll want to know what the warranty is. When sourcing your refurbished equipment, it is advisable you check what warranty is supplied. A lot of suppliers offer 1-year warranty on their hardware which will more than have you covered if you encounter any teething issues.
Looking for extra piece of mind? Purchasing from a ‘Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher’ is always a good idea as these companies are vetted, authorized and deemed proficient by Microsoft.
Configured your way
Okay buying refurbished does sound like a great deal. Where do I go from here? Using a refurbishment company for your next computer gives you all the control as machines are often “configurable” allowing you to select exactly what you require. Configuring your machine to the exact specification you need means you’re not charged for unnecessary extras but also, you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck.
Choosing what you want in your machine may seem a daunting task, but it’s truly quite simple. If you’re looking for a home/office PC with the main use being using Microsoft Office applications and some general web browsing you’ll find that a basic dual/quad-core processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard drive will suit your needs well.
If your intended use is a bit heavier such as photo-editing, videoing-editing, CAD/CAM work or running complex calculations it’s usually easiest to simply search “System requirements for x”, x being the program you wish to use, online. From here you can simply choose the components as suggested and configure the perfect machine specifically for your needs.
Saving Money and the Planet
With tech giants churning out millions of new machines yearly (in the case of HP this was over 56-Million PC’s and Laptops in 2018 alone) there has never been a better time to invest in refurbished hardware, the benefits of which extend past your wallet to the environment.
A study carried out by the University of Edinburgh indicated some startling facts about the carbon emissions caused by manufacturing new computers. Based upon the universities findings it is estimated that by using a refurbished computer you can expect to decrease your carbon footprint by 95KG per year. For perspective, the average car in the UK traveling 10,000 miles a year emits 1,932KG of Co2 per annum. Therefore, running 21 refurbished PCs for a year is equivalent to taking 1 car off the road!
Juice up your current Tech with refurbished parts
Got a very strict budget and can’t afford to splurge on a refurbished machine but your computer needs an extra kick? Refurbished components are a fantastic solution. Simply bumping your RAM up a few GB or changing up your processor can make your machine feel new again and can often be achieved for less than it costs for a cup of coffee.
Most computer components have very few moving parts meaning they rarely fail and with refurbished components being tried, tested and tested again, you can find a lower failure rate using refurbished components over new!
Upgrading the components of your machine couldn’t be easier, with hundreds of guides online, you’ll often even find one for your exact machine, following a step-by-step guide will show you how to quickly and easily increase the power you can get out of your machine.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck from a future upgrade and you’re not currently using an SSD drive then this author strongly recommends you take the plunge. You won’t look back!