So Your Work Computer Broke. Do You Need To Buy A NEW PC?

short answer, NO.

But if you want to find out why, you’ll have to click to read on.

In the ever changing world of computers and technology, we seem to have reached a “happy place”.

A happy place in terms of software and definitely a happy place in terms of hardware.

Let’s take a look at your average small business computer to see what it’s used for:

  • Sending and receiving emails, (hopefully not of the spam and or explicit content kind) using Outlook.
  • Creating, editing and printing documents, more often than not, using Microsoft Word.
  • Creating, editing and printing spreadsheets that hopefully show more profit than loss.  Using Excel.
  • Surfing the internet.  For research, information gathering, and lunch breaks (a model employee would say, but you know better).
  • The use of an accounting package either locally on the PC, connected to a server, or if you’re gutsy, cloud based.
  • The use of an in-house program which is almost always low in resources (unless the programming is garbage) but gets the job done.

All in all, the main tasks of a small business computer is quite minimal and to be perfectly honest, a brand new 5 year old computer (meaning a computer that you could buy brand new 5 years ago) would still have enough grunt to happily churn out a good days work (employee pending of course).

The leads me to the answer to question in the title.  Do you need to buy a new PC to replace your broken one?  NO, no you don’t.

Large corporations and enterprises usually have contracts with the major IT hardware vendors, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc.  This means that their hardware must be replaced at set intervals to maintain consistency, encourage productivity, and to decrease potential issues with “old” hardware.

And basically, this means first generation i3, i5 and i7 (CPU) desktop and laptop computers, are now flooding the market and are being refurbished and on sold, by companies that buy these things in bulk.  They purchase these systems crazy cheap, sell them at a very reasonable price, and still manage to turn a profit on each system.

The cost of a refurbished system or laptop can be half the cost (or less) of a new PC!  Whats more, the operating systems are the favoured Windows 7 (and XP if you really wanted it) in 32 and 64 bit guises and almost always the Professional version.  It’s Win, WIn, WIN!!!

So next time you need to buy a computer, whether to replaced a busted one or for a new person about to start, consider purchasing a refurbished unit.  Sure they may be a couple of years old (or more), but they’ll have more than enough firepower to get the work done in your small business.

And if you’re worried about the hardware failing due to it’s age, then don’t ask me about all of the the failures I’ve had to fix on hardware less than 6 months old.  Yes, it happens, and a lot more than you think!


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