Getting a Computer

3.  Getting a Used Computer. The least expensive approach.

This company is a reputable supplier of refurbished PC’s and can provide a discount to those on low income.

 http://www.ecycleonline.co.uk/ 

 There is also:

 http://www.getonlineathome.org/

 I would advise against the cheaper Ubuntu operating system versions for the inexperienced.  These are not commonly used in the workplace and may have some limitations. For example, a cheap second hand printer may not come with a suitable software “driver”.

Please see “Getting on the Internet” before purchasing a Mobile Broadband device.

Otherwise, a private purchase.  In which case, it is always advisable to take a knowledgeable friend with you.  Make sure that you are getting all that you need.  That is, including keyboard, mouse and monitor (screen).   

  • Private sale from a local person via classified adds.  This has the advantage that you can see the computer working and ask questions about its’ specifications.  Often, such computers come ready loaded with applications which, if bought new, would be very expensive. 

 If at all possible, get the original installation disks.  They can be a great advantage if you suffer any problems.

  •  From a computer fair.  There is one in Stratford, London:-

http://www.stratfordcomputerfair.net/

Be warned.  Batches of computers may have come from an office environment.  The Microsoft Office software may not be licensed for re-sale.

If so, it will make a nuisance of itself, citing “Genuine Advantage” and prevent your work from being transferred to another computer.   There is a work-around read more ….

  •  From an auction.  Best advice is; don’t.  Unless you have a lot of experience, you are taking a chance.

 

4. Getting a New  Computer

This is obviously more expensive but does come with a warranty.  There are good deals available if you look around.

 Most new computers do not come with the original software installation disks.  Ask, be sure, that it has a “restore” partition.  This is a reserved part of the Hard Drive (HD) containing all the files necessary to restore your computer if you have a problem.

 Find out if it has anti-malware software, what brand/supplier, if it requires a yearly subscription and, if so, then how much. 

 Make sure that you see it in operation and note it’s actual speed.  Particularly when first started up.  This is very indicative of it’s capability.

 

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