It’s unfortunate, but new PC systems have increased in price by 15-20% in the last 6 months as a direct result of the exchange rate change. This means that reasonable systems are topping £600+. If you need a new desktop or laptop for a new employee, then there’s little that you can do about this. A lot of the cheaper systems are flawed in so many ways so reducing the spec that you use can be a false economy.
But if you are just trying to deal with a slow machine in the office, there is an alternative that you should consider.
All of the new machines that we now supply have solid state drives. A solid state drive or SSD operates in exactly the same way as a hard disk, but stores data on memory chips rather than spinning disk platters. The result, apart from improved reliability and less power consumption, is a device that is significantly faster than the older HDD technology. Since the hard disk was already the bottleneck in your PC’s performance, the introduction of an SSD makes for a much faster machine.
So if you have a desktop or laptop that’s now a few years old and is starting to be annoyingly slow, replacing the hard drive with an SSD can give it a new lease of life and is a much more cost effective solution than a new machine.
For example, a desktop machine having a replacement 275GB SSD drive would cost around £170 + VAT including the drive and all labour. Larger drives are available, but most business machines store very little data. This compares well to the cost of a replacement machine.
We do this all the time. We can perform SSD upgrades on all makes and models of desktops and laptops including Macbooks and Mac Desktops.