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.

 

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Refurbished IT – Waste or Product? Obstacles to the Digital Divide

How IT waste is legally defined or simply understood will increasingly cause conflicts. UK regional differences, lack of global consistency on e-waste laws and illegal practices all compromise the perceived and actual value of old IT. Yet computer reuse can be 20 times more energy efficient than recycling – so how can this be called waste?

At this year’s ICT for Sustainability Conference in London we hosted a roundtable discussion centering on this issue, encouraging a discussion from all sides. Chairing the day’s discussion was Phil Conran of 360 Environmental.

Upgrading to replace ICT equipment with the latest technology is ever-present in developed countries, resulting in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) becoming one of the largest growing waste streams. The demand for equipment to address the growing digital divide is ongoing as well, but with governmental regulations in Europe imposing requirements to recycle items deemed as ‘waste’ rather than refurbish and reuse them, are we missing an opportunity to extend the life of good equipment, mitigate a growing waste problem, and make positive change in communities with limited access to ICT?

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Computer Aid’s new Chief Executive visits some of the projects now benefiting from donations of ICT equipment in Nairobi, Kenya

This week, Computer Aid International’s new Chief Executive, Tom Davis visits Nairobi to meet with our Africa Programmes team and some of Computer Aid’s partners

Mukuru Kwa Njena in Embakasi is one of Nairobi’s slums, and contains within it Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School, where Computer Aid International supplies its refurbished computers through its partners Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK). When we went to the computer lab, about 50 children were engrossed in a PowerPoint exercise – we tiptoed in and walked around the aisles looking at the presentations that they were building.

We were on a visit with CFSK to one of the schools to which they provide computers as part of their programmes delivering information and communications technology (ICT) to educational institutions in Kenya without a lot of either. Although school was out this week, a class of 8th form students was studying for their exams, and CFSK arranged this as part of my induction as the new Chief Executive of Computer Aid, this week visiting the Kenyan part of the Computer Aid team. We made our way here in a 4X4, which just about managed to negotiate deeply rutted dirt paths, dodge crowds of pedestrians, and deftly navigate carts full of chopped wood, roadside displays of bags of charcoal and neatly stacked chevrons of toilet paper. Sometimes this was only possible by slowing to a halt, backing up, driving forward, backing up again, twisting the vehicle like a rubber band around all the obstacles, meanwhile bouncing up and down deep crevices in the earth that passed for a road. Our expert driver navigated perfectly, except for taking the wrong left and leading us to a market and a seeming dead end. Then we turned around, and we were lucky to meet someone he knew who put us on the right path, and we jounced and jerked and juddered towards the school. Driving down a side road off the main path, we came to some gates, and once we drove through, left the external chaos behind. The compound we found was neatly arranged in rows of low one storey buildings and we were escorted to the middle of a row of buildings and into the computer lab. While we walked around, I stopped to speak to Frances (not her real name).

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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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