Should I go for a new or refurbished PC?
If you run or plan to run a business with your computer, we will often suggest that a brand new PC is the way to go. Businesses often need 100% uptime and super fast performance in their computer systems in order to maximise their productivity and reliability. Don't let that scare you though - if your business isn't mission critical stuff, a refurbished computer is a great low cost choice. What about for home usage? Either of these can be a great choice. Here is a roundup of some pros and cons:
Pros of refurbished PCs:
- Low cost (as low as $120)
- Same level of support and assistance as new PCs
- Setup, fully tested and ready to go
- Often an abundance of parts which makes repairs cheaper
- Can often do exactly the same tasks as more expensive, new PCs
- Can be setup to be compatible with legacy hardware and software
- Come with 6 months warranty for desktop PCs, 3 months for laptop PCs
Cons of refurbished PCs:
- Are typically less reliable than new PCs
- Are typically slower than new PCs
- May not be fully compatible with newer hardware or software
- May have some cosmetic marks or scuffs
Pros of a new PC:
- Can be customised to your needs
- Typically faster (but not always)
- Typically more reliable
- May have more features
- 12 months warranty, with up to 3 years on some hardware components
Cons of a new PC:
- More expensive (starts around $400)
- Often a delay for obtaining parts and setup
- May not be compatible with legacy software or hardware
Desktop vs Laptop vs Tablet - What's right for me?
At Ninderry Computers, we have a little rule of thumb - if you need to travel, it is often necessary to get a laptop or tablet. Otherwise, a desktop PC is always better value, faster, more reliable, much easier and cheaper to fix, lasts longer and is far more flexible in terms of upgrades. It also might be an idea to get both a laptop and a desktop or a desktop and a tablet. Desktops are great if you need performance, and want to make the most of peripherals, large screens, and large storage. This is especially good if you spend a considerable amount of time on the computer to work, such as writing documents, browsing multiple websites, creating media and content and working with documents. Being able to compare documents side by side on a couple of high definition screens makes work much easier.
So now it comes down to laptop vs tablet. Again, we use a rule of thumb here - if you need to do work (eg. spreadsheets, word processing, accounting, web research), a laptop is the choice you need, as tablets are often poor and awkward to use for content creation and text input. However, if you want something ultra portable to read on with great battery life, do light web browsing and social networking, a tablet is for you.
Which operating system is the best?
It's very hard to say if one operating system is "better" than another. Each of operating systems we support are customised by us for you, to ensure that your experience with your computer is as easy possible. They all have their advantages and disadvantages - we'll try and sum it up for you:
1. Windows 10
Although the out of the box experience has left a sour taste for some, our optimised setup of Windows 10 is a fantastically versatile operating system that can handle anything. It's smooth, compatible with pretty much everything, and is easy to use. And it's free until July 29th. No explanation needed here - if you are a Windows user, this is what you want!
2. Windows 7 and 8.1
Although a little older, these operating systems still work fine for most, but the Windows 10 upgrade is well worth the effort. We only use these in special circumstances where rare incompatibilities exist.
3. Windows Vista and XP
Unfortunately, Windows XP's support has finished and it is well overdue for replacement. The lack of security updates is a major concern for any Windows XP computer that connects to the internet, but it is still OK if you use it offline for a specific purpose (eg. to run industrial hardware). Windows Vista is getting long in the tooth and certainly lacks of the newer productivity features and performance tweaks which makes it suitable for day to day use, and it will be going out of support very soon too. Make a move if you are still using this.
4. Ubuntu 16.04
Last but not least, Ubuntu is something we're really excited about. Ubuntu is an open source operating system based on Linux, and is totally free, highly secure, fast, versatile and easy to use. It's a very easy operating system to use and can almost be described as a mix between Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX. Whilst many common applications such as Chrome, Skype and Libreoffice are available for both Windows and Ubuntu, there are some minor limitations as to what applications you can run on it. However it is still a excellent and is definitely recommended.