Buyer's Guide - Cheap Computers

When looking to replace a computer you don't always need break the bank. There are plenty of good quality cheaper and 2nd user computers available that will do the job just as well.  Here we show you a few places to go to for cheaper computers.

11 April 2012 Buyer's Guides  General Q&A, Windows PCs

Buyers Guide - Article

When looking to replace a computer you don't always need break the bank. There are plenty of good quality cheaper and 2nd user computers available that will do the job just as well.  Here we show you a few places to go to for cheaper computers.

The following may be useful sources of information.

A selection of standard websites offering good deals include -

These offer a good selection of new computers with normal warranty periods.  You may also like to try John Lewis as they offer an additional year on top of the manufacturers warranty.

If you are looking for something cheaper, then there are a few other places you can try -

  • Tier1Online - A good place for end of line and 2nd user computers and equipment.
  • ITC Sales - Specialises in Dell Factory outlet PCs and equipment
  • Computer Bargains - Worth checking as they have some good PCs now and again.

We don't recommend any one of these in particular though we have and do buy from all of them on a regular basis.  When making any purchase through the outlet sites, there are a few things to bear in mind:

  1. The systems are stocked in small numbers and usually sell quickly so don't hang around or be surprised if the item is gone by the time you order.
  2. Carefully check the description and whether or not the item is new or used.  Used items may have some cosmetic wear and tear or have some minor items (e.g. manuals) missing.
  3. Unless the item is new it will come with a basic warranty, usually 90 days, but check the site and description before ordering.
  4. Check carefully the returns policy so you are familiar with what happens if there is a problem.
  5. The systems are usually only shipped with the basic operating system - there won't be any Office or other application software.
  6. You get what you pay for, if it is very cheap then that is because it is going to be a few years old, second hand and worn so don't be disappointed if in 12 months time you have to replace it with something better suited to the job.

Each of the sites will have a Q&A section that will deal with most queries.

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