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17 April, 2023

Refurbished Hardware vs New Hardware for Education

17 April, 2023

Has your school considered investing into refurbished hardware?

It goes without saying that the education sector now relies heavily on technology, but this doesn’t need to overwhelm budgets.

With digital devices being used to engage students and improve staff performance, investing in high quality ICT equipment for your school may be on your agenda. When making the decision to invest in new hardware, there are a few considerations to take into account, including going down the new or refurbished hardware route.

Investing in refurbished hardware has the potential to save your school a lot of money on your IT infrastructure, without affecting the quality of the systems provided.

When investing in new hardware, schools often consider these key requirements:

  • Budgets and Cost
  • The Quality and Performance of the Product
  • Compatibility and Specification for Purpose
  • The Length and Type of Warranty
  • Environmental Impact

The Cost of Hardware for Schools

The DfE EdTech Survey 2020-21 identified that 97% of schools see budgetary constraints as a barrier to increased uptake of new technology, and simultaneously 99% also see cost as a barrier. With technology being an essential component for schools, finding cheaper solutions is necessary.

Investing in new equipment costs significantly more than refurbished. Therefore, buying refurbished hardware will allow you to stretch your budget further and maximise your return on investment.

An equivalent quality refurb will almost always be cheaper than new. Our refurbished hardware will generally save your school on average 50% compared to brand new, freeing budget to invest in other critical areas, or enabling more extensive or high specification upgrades.

The Quality and Performance of the Product

Wanting high quality products is non-negotiable when it comes to buying technology for schools. Understandably, when you think of refurbished and pre-loved, you may think reduced quality. However, this is not always the case. Our refurbished hardware comes with high performance rates compared to brand new, providing the fast, reliable performance your school is looking for, at a much cheaper price.

All our reconditioned equipment is subject to a thorough examination with proof of reliability and up to 3 years warranty, so in the event something was to go wrong, you are covered. Therefore, buying a good quality refurbished model from a trusted supplier will provide durability and high performance.

The Environmental Impact of New Technology

Most schools have sustainability targets to reduce their carbon footprint and reuse and recycle as much as possible. Making the switch to refurbished IT can make a huge contribution to achieving or even exceeding your sustainability and green credentials.

For schools looking to reduce their carbon footprint, buying refurbished is one of the best ways to achieve this. Not only will it extend the lifetime use of a computer but re-using a computer is 20 times more effective at saving energy than recycling the materials for re-manufacturing.

Every time you buy a refurbished PC or Laptop that is pre-owned, you save the following resources in a new one being built and the old one being scrapped:

  • 1500 litres of water
  • 3000 kWh of electricity
  • 22 Kg of chemicals
  • 700 Kg of CO2

Choosing Between New or Refurbished Hardware

With minimal differences between refurbished and new hardware, it makes complete financial sense to explore refurbished options. When purchasing refurbished hardware, you can be ensured your school will benefit from top quality, graded ICT hardware that is almost impossible to distinguish from new. Backed by warranty and quality assurance, we have a full range of PCS, Laptops and Monitors to choose from.

However, if you have the budget for brand new hardware, we will be happy to assist you in choosing the right equipment for your school. From Interactive Boards to Laptop Charging Trolleys, we have the technology for you.

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