Why choose a desktop over a laptop?
Desktops are a staple of offices around the world and are a popular choice because they generally run faster and smoother and can offer more for the same cost as a comparable laptop. They also offer versatility to set up an ergonomic workstation - adjustable heights for example - when compared to a laptop.
For some work tasks, powerful desktops will be the best option, especially when running high-spec software programmes that analyse a lot of data. Although many businesses and individual users opt for laptops because of their portability, there are so many advantages to using a desktop.
Refurbished desktops cost less
Generally desktop computers cost less than their laptop counterparts with similar specs, and our customers quickly realise how much they can save by buying a refurbished desktop.
Our computers have been repaired and refurbished to the very highest quality by our experts and are sold at a fraction of the cost of a new computer. The only difference is likely to be the packaging you buy it in and a few cosmetic scratches; our refurbished tech is either a Grade A or Grade B - find out what this means in detail in our grade guide.
You can get a better model
Due to desktops generally costing less, especially when they have been refurbished, it means your budget can stretch further. You can get the very best model for your requirements with the highest RAM, most efficient processor and hard drives with the highest storage. Even with upgrading all these things the cost will probably still come in at cheaper than a brand new model lacking all the extras.
Our team is on hand to help you find the perfect refurbished desktop for your needs and can advise on upgrading IT suites for entire companies to improve performance.
Desktops are easier to change
With desktops, the separate hardware (e.g. a separate screen or keyboard) mean that it’s easy to replace them if you want an upgrade or if something breaks. On a desktop the motherboard, RAM, graphics card, network, sound, hard drive, USB connection and more can all be upgraded with additional internal parts.
Whilst parts of a laptop can also be changed and upgraded, it is generally a more complicated process that may be more costly, which builds up over time.
Desktops are easier to maintain
Desktop PCs are much easier to physically maintain, repair and clean. With a laptop, even a small hardware issue could involve you sending it away for expensive repairs. With a desktop machine, you can easily take the computer apart to clean it, remove any dust or make adjustments as you go, or employ a professional for ongoing maintenance and repairs.
A desktop can also be more easily adapted to make sure it’s adjusted to the right height, that the screen is the right size and the keyboard is adjusted for your wrists. If you or your staff struggle physically with sitting on a computer all day, a desktop is sure to be the better option.
Why buy a refurbished desktop computer?
It’s more important than ever to do our bit to save the planet. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the environmental impact of the products and technology they are buying and using, and businesses are adapting by choosing refurbished, green technology.
It’s estimated that millions of tonnes of electronic waste is being created and thrown away each year and as we rely on technology more and more, this could unfortunately increase further. However, if you pick refurbished desktops, you’ll be reducing your own impact and the impact of your business.
How can buying a refurbished desktop help the environment?
The average device is kept for three to four years before going to landfill. By selling refurbished products this wasteful consumer behaviour is prevented.
Avoids the mining of core minerals
For every new computer made, core minerals need to be mined to make the machine’s components. These minerals are already in short supply with some, such as cobalt, which is used for lithium batteries, only estimated to have a 40-year supply left.
Lowers your carbon footprint
Making new devices takes a lot of energy and involves harmful substances going into the air. Most new devices are transported across the world as well by air, land or shipping. By buying refurbished products here in the UK, you’ll vastly reduce your carbon footprint.
Manufacturing new tech causes byproducts to go into the air and water. Buying refurbished tech reduces this as much as possible.
What are the best refurbished computers?
At Hardware Associates we only buy and refurbish leading brands and we guarantee that the final refurbished product will be in great condition. In our opinion, Apple, Dell and HP desktops are some of the best on the market, which is why we have a wide range of choices available for these brands.
As our stock is constantly changing and new models added, we’re sure to have the right desktops for your needs and setup. If you can’t find the right computer here online, please call 01428 707900 to speak with our team.
Apple, Dell and HP refurbished desktops
Apple, Dell and HP desktops are the frontrunners in the computer industry and some of the most trusted brands on the market. We have in-depth knowledge of these brands and their various desktop models and recommend them based on their performance and quality.
Why choose Apple desktop computers?
Apple desktops, otherwise known as Macs, are incredibly popular and offer a lot to users whether for leisure or work. The reasons most people pick an Apple desktop are because they:
- Are sleek and attractive
- Are reliable and offer high performance
- Have excellent useability for all customers
- Release new models every year, but each has a similar style and operating system meaning any transitional period is kept to a minimum
We also supply spare parts for Apple products.
Why choose Dell desktop computers?
Dell is a leading international brand that has built a fantastic reputation based on high performance and high quality computers. The reasons most people pick a Dell desktop is because they are:
- Very reliable and durable
- Good for business and leisure use
- Excellent usability for all skill levels
We also supply spare parts for Dell products.
Why choose HP desktop computers?
Hewlett-Packard or HP has been in business since 1939 and offers a huge range of affordable computers to suit a wide range of users. The reasons most people pick a HP desktop is because they:
- Have a long battery life and high capacity
- Offer lots of impressive features
- Are innovative in their design
We also supply spare parts for HP products.
Who do our refurbished computers help?
As well as helping individual customers to make huge savings by buying a refurbished desktop for leisure use, we also sell our computers to businesses, schools and charities at an affordable rate.
Buying refurbished is a much more cost effective way of providing technology for your organisation and will help your company become more environmentally friendly.
Affordable tech for schools and colleges
We provide tech for a number of schools and colleges across the country. For most of these, refurbished tech is the only affordable way to provide students with the necessary tools needed to complete their work. We understand just how important it is for students to have reliable and efficient technology to help with their education.
We also know most schools likely to lead by example, and showing students about the positive environmental impact of buying refurbished goods or repairing tech is why so many schools and colleges come to us.
We have over 20 years of experience in the industry and our services include:
- Supplying and delivering IT hardware
- Refurbished tech on a budget
- Finance options for schools to help which yearly budgets
- Removal of redundant IT
No matter how tight the budget is, we can always help a school or college which needs tech for its students, whether you need one or two computers for staff or a primary school classroom, or dozens for an entire IT suite or library.
We understand that charities need to maximise the funds they’ve raised for their important cause. That’s why we will always provide the best technology at an affordable rate for charities.
We can provide:
- Refurbished computers and laptops
- Computer repairs
- Spare parts
- Removal of redundant IT
Find out about how we helped the NSPCC to raise £18,000 through our refurbished tech.
Refurbished machines for businesses
We’re passionate about helping people get the very best quality IT for their organisation while making savings. We provide refurbished equipment to both large and small companies as well as sole traders who need efficient technology.
In the right circumstances, we’re also able to purchase your old computers for recycling, further reducing your outgoings and helping the environment.
Get in touch with our team
Contact our friendly and professional team to ask about any of our current stock or wanted stock, and to enquire about bulk buying for your school or business. Please call 01408 707900 or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.