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Cheap Laptops, An Online Shopping Guide

Posted in News by PC Renewed on October 16th 2019
When shopping online for cheap laptops it can be a very challenging and tricky experience, especially if you’re not well versed in a lot of the jargon frequently used when discussing laptops and other items of tech.

Cheap Laptops; An Online Shopping Guide

If you’re unsure of the differences between 8gb memory and 8gb storage, or if you’re confused about the difference between and dual core or quad core processor; don’t worry because our team of experts are happy to help.

To lend a hand and help you to make an informed purchase, here is a quick guide to shopping for cheap laptops online.

Stay Safe When Shopping Online
As our society becomes more and more digital, so to do our criminal threats. Just like you have to stay vigilant for pickpockets in crowded areas, you must be vigilant when shopping online. Passwords and security codes should never be shared with anyone.

Additionally, when shopping online, look for HTTPS in the url at the top of your browser. The added S at the end of HTTP means that the data being sent is secure. As described by BusinessInsurance.org “The added "S" means that the way your information is being sent is secure. HTTPS using SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, which encrypts the information flying through the wires so that only the intended recipient can see it.” They also state that “Other signs of a secure site are a closed lock or unbroken key at the bottom of the screen.”.

Confused With Specifications?

When shopping for a cheap laptop, it’s very important that you make sure you get the right specifications for the tasks you want to complete. So to lend a helping hand, here’s a quick jargon buster to explain a few of the specifications you’ll need to consider.

  • Memory 
    Also referred to as RAM (short for Random Access Memory), you may at first glance think that memory refers to data that is stored on a computer, however this is not true. Data may be saved on a storage device such as a hard drive or an external USB memory stick, however in order to use that data, it must be moved onto the main memory. This means that the more RAM your computer has, the faster it will be and as such, a computer with a large amount of RAM could run multiple programs at the same time without suffering from issues such as lag.

  • Storage
    As described above, when you save data such as a word processing document or a video file, you’re storing it on your computer storage. This is different to data being held in memory as storage is non-volatile; this means the data is permanent. There are different types of storage devices, two common types are HDD, a hard disk drive and a SSD, a solid state drive. Hard disk hard drives have a metal disc in which data is stored using a magnetic based system, whereas solid state drives retains data using flash memory instead of using the magnetic spinning disk.

  • Processor 
    This, in layman’s terms is the brain of your computer. In order to maximise the amount of power available to the computer, some laptops are equipped with multiple CPUs, for example a Dual Core PC has two CPUs and a Quad Core PC has Four CPS. Generally speaking, the more CPU cores a computer has, the faster it will be able to work.
This is just a short list of three specifications you have to consider when purchasing a laptop. So if you need some help understanding what specifications are needed for the tasks you want to complete, don’t worry; get in touch with our team. The Friendly experts at PC Renewed will be happy to provide advice and explanations, helping you to make an informed purchase.

Refurbished Vs Used; What’s The Difference?

We highly recommend purchasing refurbished computers and laptops, however we strongly advise against purchasing a used computer or laptop. Whilst some products such as cars are a great example of where the second hand market can be a land of opportunity; however used electronics such as computers can be very dangerous.

This is because used electronics have no guarantees regarding the computer/laptop’s condition. There are lots of fragile components in a laptop, how do you know a used laptop hasn’t been dropped a couple times? Similarly, without any way to verify and guarantee the condition of the laptop, a used computer could be filled with lots of horrific malware, viruses, or even ransomware. Even if you’re purchasing it from somebody you know, the computer could still be infected without them knowing.

However, on the other hand, refurbished computers are different. Businesses that provide high quality refurbishments will provide rigorous testing, verifications, a warranty, and in some cases they will even re-print the keyboard. However, it is essential that you only purchase refurbished computers from a reputable and trustworthy business, such as an Amazon Certified Refurbisher.

Here at PC Renewed we are both an Amazon Certified Refurbisher and a Genuine Microsoft Third Party Installer; so you can purchase PC and Laptop refurbs from us with peace of mind. Additionally, we provide One Year Warranty & 30 day no quibble returns policy when you purchase refurbished computers and laptops from our online store. However, that’s not all; we also provide free UK delivery on all laptops and desktop computers.

Searching For A Cheap Laptop? Make PC Renewed Your First Choice

If you would like additional information regarding the affordable laptops and other numerous refurbished products that are available for purchase on our website, or if you would like to make an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and dedicated team.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please call 02476 422328, alternatively you can get in touch with our team by sending an email to sales@pcrenewed.co.uk. We will always try to endeavour to answer all questions in a speedy and efficient manner.


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