For a few blissful years upgrading your tech, whether business or personal, was all the rage. With new iPhones seemingly appearing year after year offering us more appealing and intelligent apps, and the Android phones fast catching up on both design and functionality, upgrading was seen as an essential way to keep pace with an ever-changing technological landscape. Yet fast forward a few years and, a combination of Brexit uncertainty, further environmental awareness and a stalling in tech developments, many people are now asking themselves whether an upgrade is necessary or perhaps a refurbish could give their tech the required boost.
So just what is a refurbished computer? Many people automatically discount these as they assume the refurbished option is second hand, but this is very definitely not the case. A refurbished computer (or other hardware) can be anything from a returned item, to a display model, one with cosmetic faults or simply a result of overstocking. Refurbished items are properly assessed by the seller to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced and are also completely dismantled to ensure that all the individual components are working. Your item will also arrive with a warranty, so if anything goes wrong you will have an extended time period to return or replace the item. Refurbished items are also substantially cheaper than brand new, which could help your business make substantial savings should you need to replace more than one item at once, not to mention the fact that refurbished is more environmentally sound, with fewer items going to landfill.
Now we have argued the pros of opting to buy a refurbished item, in what instance is opting for brand new a better choice? When you buy a new machine essentially you will be buying the most up-to-date technology, enabling your business to work at a more productive pace and for you to offer the option of optimised remote working to your employees (according to surveys, this is a much welcomed benefit). Longer guarantees will provide you with peace of mind and a present–day security system, limiting the likelihood of data breaches.
When you have decided whether your new hardware will be brand new or refurbished, the question then arises of what to do with your old equipment. The WEEE directive (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) dictates that these items should be disposed of responsibly and cannot simply be thrown in landfill. If you feel that there is life still in your old hardware, try contacting charities or specific organisations that may be interested in refurbishing. If your item is at the end of its life, make sure you contract a responsible company to dispose of your hardware. At TipTop Media we partner with a fully licensed waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency to carry out recycling in accordance with WEEE directives. This means that you can rest assured that any hard drives you dispose of through us are processed in an environmentally friendly manner. In addition, we securely erase any remaining data on the hard drive and physically shred it for your complete peace of mind.