As more jobs are increasingly based on the use of computers and digital systems, it is important for children to learn how to use computers to get them ready for their time in the workplace. There are a few things to consider when buying IT equipment, and this blog will discuss why schools should consider buying refurbished IT equipment.
Firstly, it is important to assess when the equipment needs updating and how much money schools are able to spend. Additionally, it is important to think about what specification the school requires. Is it necessary to have top spec ICT equipment for every student? Is this feasible? The answer to this is probably no.
Specifications and models of computers and other devices change and update so regularly that it is nearly impossible to keep track! It is also even more impossible to be able to afford to keep up to date all the time. However, it is important that schools have equipment that is affordable and will give student the skills they need but is not too old that they are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
One way to solve this problem would be to kit out schools with refurbished ICT equipment. This option is sometimes overlooked by schools, as there is a misconception that refurbished goods are old and can only run outdated software. However, this is not the case. Here are the reasons why schools should opt to buy refurbished hardware instead of brand-new.
Refurbished products are cheaper to buy than brand-new. This, not only saves schools money in the short-term, it also saves in the long-term. Schools will be able to buy a higher spec product for a lower cost, which won’t need an upgrade in the near future. Doing this will result in less money being spent on school ICT upgrades and frees up the money to be used elsewhere. Not only this, but if schools have old IT equipment which is no longer in use or needs upgrading, companies like Zixtel will purchase these old used products to refurbish to sell on. Therefore, schools can dispose of old equipment whilst also earning money for it. This money could then be used to purchase upgraded refurbished equipment.
Top quality products
There is a misconception surrounding refurbished IT equipment in the education sector. People sometimes assume that refurbished products are old, broken, and of no use. This is not the case. When products are refurbished, they are wiped so that all existing data is completely erased. By doing this, they are returned to their original state and the value of the product is retained. Here at Zixtel, we make sure all products are fully tested before they are sent out to the customer. We also provide in-house and manufacturer warranties depending on the product so if anything were to go wrong, it would be covered.
Buying refurbished is a great way for schools to become more environmentally friendly. With emphasis being placed on how we can all help the environment, it is important that schools encourage the younger generation to learn more about the world we live in and how they can protect it. By buying refurbished, schools will be helping to extend the lifespan of IT equipment, reducing the amount of E-waste that is going to landfill. This helps to contribute to a circular economy and a greener future.
Schools are environments in which young people learn skills and values to help them progress in their futures. Skills in ICT are important to help them prepare for a future of using computers in their jobs, but it is also important for them to learn about ways in which they can change their buying behaviours to be more environmentally friendly. By schools buying refurbished equipment, they are showing pupils that not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it will allow them to get the equipment they require whilst having a positive impact on the environment.