Today’s home and business computers.

There are fundamental differences between the usage patterns of home and business PC users. Those patterns have continued to diverge as home users abandon “stand alone” applications for “the cloud” while businesses hang on to their business specific, local applications.

Business PC users have “off line” (stand alone) activities that require their PCs to have local processing power. Programs for accounting, invoicing, contact management, word processing, forms and desktop publication etc are typically installed and executed on PC workstations or on LAN (local area network) connected PC servers. Business workstations typically store data files locally on hard drives. Some may also use “the cloud” for data back-up and to access “cloud” applications and data bases.

Home PC users have largely abandoned “stand alone” applications. Most home and school applications are on the WWW. Communication, banking, taxes, genealogy, research, surfing and even data storage are increasingly “cloud” based. Most users still store pictures and files on their local hard drives and most home users have a printer, but for the most part our home PCs are basically nothing more than tablets or smart phones with a big screen, keyboard and mouse.

When a PC is being used on the Internet it is using only a fraction of its memory and CPU power. The speed of the Internet connection determines the how fast the computer responds no matter how much RAM or how fast the CPU.  A ten year old Pentium IV accesses the Internet just as fast as a $2000 dollar “super gamer” PC.  

The bottom line for most home users and many business users is that buying a new computer is a waste of money.  

Unless you have a genuine need for a high end ($1200-$2000), stand-alone PC for applications like animation, video and audio transcription, solids modeling or high-end gaming, a refurbished PC will do the same job for half the cost. The i3 and i5 Dell and HP desk-top and notebook PCs that fill the retail shelves in the big box stores are technically capable of performing normal home and business applications but they are cheaply made and come with Windows10 Home. By contrast, our corporate refurbs are more robust, higher in quality and reliability and come with your choice of Windows 7 or 10 Professional. We give the same full-year warranty on these refurbs that you get on any new retail PC. A distinct advantage of our “refurbs” over retail PCs is that our refurbs have none of the bloatware (ads, pop-ups, links and trial programs), that cram retail PCs. Ours have only the things you need and they are free (Office suite and anti-virus software). Another important difference is that our warranty, repair and technical services are local and not located in some low-rent country on the other side of the planet.

So if you need to add or replace a PC or workstation for your home or business, think about stopping in either before or after you join the bottom feeders at Fry’s, Best Buy or Costco. We have solid PCs for any need starting at under $200 and ranging up to “Katie bar the Door” and we won’t let you make a mistake, Try us you’ll like us.