If you're shopping for a new computer, what do you look for? A unit that's reliable, that can handle all your software applications and that is backed by an iron-clad warranty.
There's no reason to restrict your search to new computers. Recertfied computers can meet all of those requirements, too — at about a third to one-half the cost of new equipment.
The difference between new and used can be a lot less than you think. CDI, for example, sells Dell computers that have gone through a rigorous, nine-step recertification process. Exterior and interior surfaces are cleaned, custom so ware is loaded and, drivers are checked to make sure there are no conflicts. Because most equipment was originally leased to business customers, units typically come with higher-grade components than ordinary secondhand computers and have endured less harsh treatment.
Here's how CDI certified computers stack up against new:
Low failure rates. New desktops have a 5 percent failure rate in their first year. For laptops, it's closer to 15 percent. CDI computers perform better, with only a 3 percent failure rate for desktops a er year one and an 8 percent rate for laptops.</li>
The best warranty in the business. If you're buying from CDI, you get a three-year warranty to cover all repairs or replacement parts. That's as good or better than new, and it gives districts the assurance they need that technology costs will stay within budget.</li>
The right horsepower for your needs. Most educational software doesn't require the latest and greatest system specifications to run smoothly. CDI works with districts to choose the right computer model that will work with your software; extra memory or hard drive storage space can be added if you need it.</li>
A greener solution. Districts using recertfied equipment help reduce the flow of harmful e-waste to landfills.</li>
More bang for the buck. Saving money on equipment means cash-strapped districts can put more technology in the hands of students—or reallocate funds to other critical functions. Recertified equipment is an easy expense to justify even in tough academic times</li>