Guest Blog: Seeking Professional Laptop Refurbishment Services In London

Today we are happy to feature a guest post from Kristian, Computer Solutions London to discuss about laptop refurbishment.

You look at a dead computer and wonder what could possibly be wrong with it. If no external damages are visible and you notice all vital components including fan, disk drive, or USB ports are in place, the logical step is to seek out a professional laptop repairs service in London. Cleaning a few components with compressed air may seem harmless, but looking for delicate broken parts including a faulty CMOS battery or broken graphics card may be beyond the scope of regular users.

It’s possible to get your laptop to work in double quick time in most cases. What you need is a reliable service provider identifying and replacing only the parts that need repair and at minimum cost. If you’re lucky, your laptop may be up for an upgrade to a higher capacity hard disk, RAM, or DVD drive at probably lower cost than the original.

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Can you get a factory refurbished laptop locally?

Manufacturers often call back faulty laptops, replace parts, and offer factory refurbished laptops back to the owner with a warranty certificate indicating guarantee over a minimum period. You must be wondering whether the same quality can be provided through a professional laptop repairs service in London. A professional laptops repair service in London is capable of conducting troubleshooting procedures using state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose faulty components and replace them without including unnecessary repair costs.

For example, a laptop malfunctioning due to increased temperature within the frame may actually need a heat sink to resolve complex problems such as malfunctioning data transfers or even malfunctioning software. Definite systems are set in place to identify precise problems related to each component. An added benefit is the advantage to upgrade to an advanced upgrade system simply by replacing one or two components as part of standard repairs. It does pay to approach reliable service providers locally.

Can you rely completely on local workshops?

New laptops are built through machine level assemblies without human touch until much after they are ready to be installed with software. In other words, new laptops are tested with several line checks and released to the market only after they pass several tests. A local workshop must have the same capability built in to refurbish or repair a laptop. A professional laptop repairs service in London has the capacity to assemble new laptops using the same technology adopted by big companies, which also implies they have the capacity to store vital components to be installed as and when required.

Consider a workshop that offers you a 90-day warranty on repaired laptops. The warranty is similar to what you would probably get with a new laptop. You have an additional safety norm in place enabling you to seek out local services much faster with online troubleshooting platforms allowing remote repairs as well.

Locals service providers have reputations to protect, and they go to any extent to fulfil industry standard laptop refurbishments. Your professional laptop repairs service in London is just a phone call away and provides the very best services you could possibly get without the need to pay exorbitant costs or worry about follow-ups.



Basel Convention Secretariat Publish Report Assessing state of e-waste in Africa

The secretariat of the Basel Convention last week published a report looking into the current state of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Africa.  The report is titled ‘Where are WEee in Africa’.

The report highlights the importance of developing safe recycling capacity and recovery infrastructure in Africa.  As is well known, the impact of inappropriately-treated WEEE can be catastrophic for the health and the environment in communities that do not have adequate recycling facilities in place. Computer Aid fully supports such developments, as the threat of e-waste cannot be ignored.

The report also highlights the very real social and economic value of providing high quality refurbished and tested EEE to African countries.  Computer Aid exists to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions, which is largely done through the provision of computers and laptops for use in education, agriculture and health across Africa and Latin America. There is a massive need for the use of ICT in many communities across the developing world. There is also the need for safe waste management facilities to be in place to deal with the ICT equipment once it reaches its end-of-life.

There’s still a lot of work to do

Whilst a number of African states are making progress in adopting WEEE legislation and seeking to boost waste management capacities, there is still a lot of work to be done.  Without solid investment, the economic incentive for informal recovery remains high, this means that engagement with WEEE in Africa must be tackled in a dynamic and comprehensive way.  To promote environmental protection, support must be given so that African countries are able to apply the best available techniques for e-waste recovery activities.

The Basel Convention’s report makes three main recommendations regarding e-waste in Africa:

  1. tackling the illegal import of waste or near-end-of-use equipment from developed countries
  2. promoting the collection and recycling of WEEE in-country
  3. developing proactive policies and legislation supported by well-resourced enforcement.

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ICT and Environment – Waste Side Story, Skopje, Macedonia

I’ve just got back from two days in Skopje, where I attended and presented at the ICT and Environment – Waste Side Story conference. The conference was organised by the Balkan e-Waste Management Advocacy Network (BEWMAN). Computer Aid has been working alongside BEWMAN for the past 18 months to tackle the e-waste problem in the West Balkans, through improved policy and practice across the region. The network is funded by the European Union.

The conference was the final part of the two year funded project and it brought together experts in sustainable IT and e-waste from countries across the Balkans and Europe.

Lovely Autumn view of the Vardar River from outside the conference centre in Skopje

I found the conference very interesting, there were some very good and insightful presentations.
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Computer Aid launches Best Practice Guide to IT Decommissioning

Computer Aid has been working with independent research company Vanson Bourne to establish current IT decommissioning practices in the UK’s largest companies and we found that:

• 39 per cent of UK’s largest companies do not data wipe all their unwanted PCs

• One-third have decommissioned computers containing data which are unaccounted for

• 1 in 5 senior IT decision makers in the UK are “not confident” that zero per cent of their company’s unwanted IT goes to landfill

• Only 14 per cent follow best practice IT disposal and send their working IT for reuse

These statistics are shocking, particularly when one thinks of the scale of this problem. Each of the 100 companies surveyed are among the largest in the UK with half of the respondents employed in organisations with over 1,000 staff and the other half with over 3,000. Moreover, each company decommissions just under 550 PCs each per year.

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Computer Aid launches an advocacy guide on e-waste

Computer Aid recently launched a guide on how to conduct e-waste advocacy at the UN’s Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. The guide is intended for NGOs and civil society groups anywhere in the world to help them campaign for improvement to current systems in their countries and put an end to the harmful social and environmental impacts of electronics.

The problem

The statistics are scary, the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that globally we generate around 50 million tonnes of e-waste per year and, with current trends in electronics design and manufacture driving rapid replacement cycles, this only seems like it will continue to get worse.

Why is Computer Aid concerned?

Of particular concern to Computer Aid is the impact that e-waste has on communities and the environment in developing countries, where we predominantly work. Computer Aid exists to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions and we work in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world, providing ICT for use in educations, health and agriculture. However, as well as providing essential IT to these communities, we want there to be safe and environmentally friendly facilities for them to get their electronic waste recycled, once it has reached its end of life.
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